I Finished the NaNoWriMo Challenge!

I Won the 2015 NaNoWriMo Challenge!

 

Does it feel as though I've been ignoring you this month? I apologize for posting very little in November, but I was participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Essentially, it's a challenge to write 50 000 words of a brand new novel over the month of November. To win, you must successfully validate your word count by the end of the month. I am very excited to say that I made it to 50K words yesterday, and validated my word count this morning.

If you've ever attempted to write a novel or even a very large academic paper, you can appreciate how difficult it can sometimes be to put aside the time to actually sit down and get words on the page. Since my first participation in this in 2012, I've come to love writing fiction. I've always enjoyed writing academic papers (I know, I'm a weirdo), but after that first impulsive decision to see if I could actually commit to a specific word count, it's become something I look forward to every year. I missed out last year because we were on the road, and I couldn't wait to get started again.

The title is a bit misleading because the truth is few novels are complete at 50 000 words, but it's a pretty solid chunk of writing, and it's enough to inspire the desire to finish. For my part, the goal is to churn out a complete first draft before heading back to Canada for Christmas, since I doubt I'll get much writing done then.

For today though, it's back to the keyboard to keep writing. After all, I'm just getting to the good part!