I Reached The 50,000 Mark

Posted on November 20th, 2005 @ 19:19
Filed Under NaNoWriMo, Writing | 8 Comments

A quick note tonight to let you, faithful readers, know that I’ve reached my goal of 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo about half a hour ago. My word count proudly stands at a mighty 50,306, and I’m feeling pretty proud of myself right now.The story itself isn’t completely done, so I’ll go on finishing the last remaining half-chapters during the last week of November, if only because I really want to be done with it, and not file it as some pathetic attempt at a novel. I’ll do the editing part in January-February probably, given that I have this need to get my hands on a serious, scientific book or two regarding viruses to make sure I haven’t spewed too many inaccuracies in it.To tell the truth, I’m not feeling fed up. I’m at peace. I don’t have any fears anymore regarding my ability to write a lot and keep on liking it. I’ve learnt a lot during these past three weeks, and the most important part of it all is that if I plan my story, I can go far. Some people can write without a plan, just by letting the inspiration flow. I can’t do that. I need to “force” myself to write even when I’m lazy, not inspired, invoking the writer’s block and whatnot, and having a thorough plan is what works for me. It works just like in my job; as long as I know where to go and what I’m going to write about on a given day, I can do it. This is probably my satori of the year; it fills me with confidence, and even though my style needs lots of improvement, I can now look at myself in the mirror and tell to myself: “I’ve written a novel. In English. Isn’t that great?”This said, if everything goes well, updates on this blog should resume at a more regular rate now.Y Tags: |

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8 Responses to “I Reached The 50,000 Mark”

  1. Chris Howard on November 20th, 2005 9:22 pm

    Bravissimo! You rock! I just passed the 40k mark, and I expect to have 50 by the end of this week. The middle 10k were difficult, but now that I’m less than 10k away, I don’t think I’ll need the holiday (this Thursday and Friday) to finish up.

  2. Robert Ellis on November 21st, 2005 7:10 pm

    Congratulations! I’m just shy of the 50,000 word mark, but I’m not very satisfied with my nanovel. I had only the hint of a plan when I started and, like you, I’ve learned the value of planning.

  3. Yzabel on November 21st, 2005 10:50 pm

    Thank you, Chris, Robert (and welcome here, by the way) :) Chris, you’re right, the 30-40k moment was really hard… then it flew by like a charm, I still don’t know why.Robert, that’s what happened to me with another story. I’m now very glad that I took part in NaNo, because this has taught me how to rework this half-novel into something good in months to come. Even if the NaNovel isn’t great, the experience can pretty much wield good results for a next story, I’m sure.

  4. Karen Lee Field on November 22nd, 2005 10:35 am

    That’s great news. Congratulations.I’m glad you’re feeling at peace with yourself too. Well done.

  5. Yzabel on November 22nd, 2005 3:45 pm

    Thank you Karen :) I admit I remembered what you had written about what effect it had had on you (it was you, right?), so I was a little frightened by the outcome, even though I didn’t want to think of it too much… Fortunately, this must have proved enough of a good change from my usual technical writing for me to feel freed by it instead of burdened. Good thing ;)

  6. Jennifer on November 22nd, 2005 9:16 pm

    Congrats! It seems many are reaching their goal!!

  7. Deborah on November 24th, 2005 3:20 am

    A hearty congrats, Yzabel! :) Let us know when you get this published.

  8. Yzabel on November 25th, 2005 7:23 pm

    Thank you :) And you can be sure that if this gets published someday, I’ll be up and bragging about it in no time ;) (Now to figure out the tortuous ways of getting an agent, because I have no idea how this works in… not France?)

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