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NaNoWriMo: One for the bucket list

That’s right! I won NaNoWriMo 2011!




I was finished with my 50,000 words with 20 minutes of my 30 days still to go. Last time I did it I finished with half an hour to spare. You cannot say I am not stable in my WriMo habits! Winking smile Last time I won, lying in bed in a holiday resort, with only a small bed lamp, a clock on the microwave and my exercise book and pencil to accompany me. Oh, and my father’s snores for background music.


It feels… awesome.

50156 words

Ha! I beat last time’s word count with 16 words – epic huh?


I really also don’t have one single word left in me for this novel. It is also now finished. I was really just rambling to fill up words because there was really nothing left to say.

Do you know I’ve never actually finished before? That’s right: I. Have. Never. Finished a Novel. Before. But I just did! Open-mouthed smile

Oh, I have started hundreds of things, but I have never finished a whole novel. Even last time I ended up being so long-winded that I finished my 50,000 words but being only a quarter through the story. Though I did repeat a lot in that thing. Every time I didn’t know what to say next I had the people repeat the same ancient legend to each other. I should finish it someday – I like that story!


Anyway, here is what my stats for the months looked like:

National Novel Writing Month

Please ignore it on those two occasions where it says I did not write for the day. I wrote every day. I was just twice too late to update my new word count before midnight so then it ended up looking as though I did not write one day and then wrote heaps the second.

I find it especially amusing where it says “At this rate you will finish on December 1, 2011”. I very nearly did, having validated my novel with 10 minutes to spare! Phew! I was quite nervous there that it would not go through – I had heard the site can get pretty laggy on the last day and I was scared it would crash, but it was just as fast as always for me. I guess it is because I am ahead of the USA (where the most WriMos are) in time zone, so the lag hasn’t started yet!


Anyway, this is what I look like at the moment:


I also earned my NaNo badge in today. I decided to go for both at the same time, because I might as well paste my novel in there as a sort of back-up! Yay! Smile



Anyway, it is now very early in the morning of the first day of December. November is over – can you believe it?! I even passed my final French exam excellently well (for me) through all this novelling going on. And now… with all this over, this new novelist will be off to bed. Yes, I am that boring.


I’ll try and be back tomorrow in my old capacity (as a cartoonist and creative writer and not a WriMo) and try not to brag about my victory too much. Sorry, I know all this nagging is annoying.

There are quite a few things I have to say!



6 responses

  1. Congratulations. Cicero and I knew you would pull through.

    Send us a copy if you ever decide you want critiques and edits.

    Seriously, though. MaD props for writing AN ENTIRE NOVEL. You are a novelist now.

    And I am entirely too supportive of NaNoWriMo folk. Eh, it’s what happens when you become a NaNoWriMo-ist. You’ll find yourself giving ridiculous amounts of support to other soon-to-be novelists.

    December 1, 2011 at 08:07

    • Thank you! Well, I’m glad you two knew it because I certainly was not always so sure!

      It’s definitely not fit for human consumption yet, but I will share it one day when I have fixed all the typos and the plot holes. I think there are more of those than actual novel! Argh, the inner editor is coming to get me again!
      That’s what writing’s all about, eh? 😉

      It does feel rather good!

      I know the feeling all too well. I knew a few first-time folk this time round, and being a second-timer, I felt eligible to give everyone advice and to generally act like a cheerleader. It kind of grows on you! 😀

      December 1, 2011 at 22:08

  2. Bronwen

    Congrats Elana! That’s a great achievement, especially in the middle of exams 😀 And well done with the French too. Bet you are very relieved! Happy holidays 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 10:21

    • Aww, nice to hear from you again!
      Thank you! 😀 There were a few times I thought I had been crazy to think I could do this. Especially that night after we wrote English… I was so blown after writing those three essays in 3 hours, I couldn’t novel as well!

      I am SO relieved. I had been seriously scared that I would fail French or have to supp it, because I hit a blank for the grammar paper. Oops!
      To you too! 😀

      December 1, 2011 at 23:33

  3. I won at NaNoWriMo as well, my first time taking part. Feels great. Good job you :-)!

    January 20, 2012 at 15:05

    • It was my second time. Congratulations to you to! 😀

      January 22, 2012 at 00:39

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