A short time ago, I signed on to the NaNo site and after scrambling my story, uploaded it to the site for verification. Needless to say, I WON!!! I can't begin to tell you how great that feels. I am really proud of myself. I worked hard, persevered and made it through to the end. I kept telling myself that I'd make it. But I didn't really know if I would or not.
In the beginning, at the first meeting at the library, I thought, "Yeah this shouldn't be to hard". Of course then I wrote the first night, woke up exhausted the next day, (after writing 2,000 words) and suddenly, 50,000 words looked like a whole lot of distance to cover in a month. Then I slogged through that first week, getting more exhausted and not making much of a dent in the word count. Suddenly I'm wondering what I've gotten myself into. Then I had an ear/possible cold during week two. I'm thinking I feel awful and writing a couple of hours after coming home tired from work seemed a fool's errand. But I kept at it. Then I hit some kind of adrenaline rush and wrote 12,000 words over the weekend. My story took off and the next thing I knew 25,000 words appeared and then I closed in on 35,000 words, then 45,000 words, and finally I blew past the 50,000 word mark.
I can't believe I made it. I can't believe I won. But I'm so glad I did. Where do I go from here? Well, I'm off to buy a frame for my winner's certificate (that may have to wait until tomorrow since today is Thanksgiving-I don't know if anything is open) and then it's time for the real work to begin as I start editing my manuscript.