Originally I dithered. Could I fit that amount of writing around my other activities? I knew that the last day of the month would be a particularly busy one, so it meant that there would be no last minute flurries of typing. However, last year I did write one thousand words a day for two separate blocks of time. During the second block I did the first draft of a Pocket Novel, but ran out of story after 37,000 words. If I was to finish NaNoWriMo, I would have to make sure that I had enough story to get to the end.
I had an idea for a Pocket Novel during the summer, but had put it on my list of proposed books to write in the future. With just a few days to go before the end of October, I had a few less busy days, so I began to scribble my ideas, think up names for characters, and noted down plenty of scenes and events to fill the story. Then I took the plunge and signed up.
I aimed to write two thousand words a day, knowing that I would feel less stressed if I didn't manage to write anything on one or two days. I had a pretty crowded diary for the first week of the month, so one day did go by with no writing. But I discovered that my wrists held up to the onslaught, and I managed to reach my target most days. I was actually amazed at how disciplined I could be. Instead of reading my emails as soon as I switched on the computer, I left them until I had written my daily quota. I logged my word count each day, watching with huge satisfaction as the total rose towards that magic fifty thousand..
Being the type of person who doesn't like to give in ("I've started, so I'll finish" should be my catchphrase), I was determined to reach my goal. I was surprised to find that I actually went slightly over the word count a few days before the end of November, and I would actually like to add a little epilogue to tie up all the loose ends.
I have the first draft of a new novel. There's still a lot to do, but I will begin to polish it once I have finished working on the saga that I was revising before I plunged into NaNoWriMo.
I may even do it again next year.