“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.” — John Steinbeck
The last day of nanowrimo has come. Anxiety and excitement showering me in equal amounts.
Today, I woke up with only 2195 words left. Such a little amount, considering that mid-November, I had written only 25% of the word total, and by November 24th, I had finally written 25,000 words, meaning that I had 6 days to catch up.
Today, early in the morning, nightmares and a headache woke me up, took a pill, and decided to move on. No time for this today.
Breathing again. Today is the day.
There´s a last day Write in i’m attending at 11 am. I´ve still 3 hours.
Time to get up and make a list:
- Outfit: it’s the last day. I need something epic. Check.
- Notebooks: check.
- Unicorn and am-writing banners to brag on at the Write-in: check.
- Laptop, charger, mouse: check.
- Nanowinner printed diploma to surprise the attendees, in case we all end reach our goal: … OMG! Where do I get one if I havent finished yet!? Heeeeeelp. (my nanotribe at the rescue) Check. Oops. No ink at the printer! Uncheck.
- I’m forgetting the most important: my WIP. Check.
Yesterday, with a bit less than 6000 words left, I felt the exhaustion of the end of the month. The words that had flown nonstop during the week, were somehow slow. Wrote a dozen. A nap. Another hundred. More nap.
Having almost every important scene already written, and the last chapters still a mystery, it was pretty difficult to keep on without asking my characters for a full description of every rock they were passing.
2 hours till the beginning of the Write in. I need a plan.
I opened my WIP and the document I wrote last year at NaNo and started comparing, rearranging chapters, and pasting what I’ve wrote this month in their correspondent places.
This is a beautiful Frankenstein of a WIP. During the month I added chapters here and there, solved and created new plot holes. But now, it looks way better than yesterday. Today, I hope to finish with the important chapters; and to keep going because, I’m at 2195 words to end my goal, but not my novel.
- blog post to celebrate the endo of nanowrimo: check
Got to go. I’ll tell you later how did everything go.
*Update: today at 2:16 pm I reached the goal count with 50,013 words. Just 14 minutes before the end of the Write-in. Yay!