Word Count: 52,578
Which means ... drum roll please ... it's official, I am a National Novel Writing Month winner on my first attempt! Thank you to Matt who lived with me through this chaos and for understanding how badly I wanted this. And thank you to my friends who understand me and supported me by asking for word count updates and offered encouragement along the way. I think I'm just at the beginning of this journey, but I intend to celebrate personal victories along the way. Hurray!
I'm sitting here staring at this 175 page manuscript I've written in one month and I'm a mixture of proud, exhausted, amazed and wondering so, um ... Now what?
Picking up the pieces after NaNoWriMo, my desk and floor are covered with Day-Glo stickies with notes to self and word count tallies with daily goals under them ... I should keep a couple of those for my scrapbook page. I'm thinking of doing a page about this experience, because it was nothing less than an amazing experience. I am still tripping out that I really did it.
But, seriously. Now what? I don't want this manuscript - I LOVE how that sounds - to sit in my office, an addition to my collection of piles. I am surprised that at 175 pages, there's still a lot of story left to develop. I think my next step is to take stock of the story so far, go back and make some lists of character developments and plot points. Yeah, that's it. A list, that'll help lead the way. This writing marathon was just that, write, write, write. No stopping to look back and re-read what I did the day before so I have a lot of chunks of stories that need to be organized. Ohhh, that means a trip to the office supply store. I need a list and some colored markers to mark up the manuscript. I wonder if I'll get sick of saying that? And some charts. Definitely some charts.