Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: It’s done.
Yesterday, I got to validate incredible 50 977 words – which makes me an official NaNoWriMo Winner. Alcohol-free champaign and cookies for everyone!
An end that brings very mixed emotions:
surprise – When I set out on this adventure, I honestly never thought I’d get this far. It’s still a shock, sort of.
pride – I made it! Still can’t believe I did. And even two days early.
happiness – It was a wonderful experience, which I’m truly grateful for, and it was made even better by all the lovely supportive people around me.
sadness – Yes, there is also a bit of sadness that it’s over and now it’s back to ‘normal life’ (and to editing… oh dear).
Going into NaNoWriMo, I had a very strict goal. Quoting from my first-week-post:
“This first of November, it would be do or die. Either I’d rediscover the magic, or I’d fail miserably.”
It’s good to know that I didn’t fail. It’s even better to realise that I still have that ability of stringing words together and building a story. The magic is still there, so to say, it probably has been there all along.
Even if the story is far from done. Even if the whole thing still lacks proper structure. Even if most of those 50 000 words suck.
The NaNo experience is not about creating a perfect text. It is all about writing and letting your muses run wild (which mine did. A Lot.) and having fun.
The result still needs major editing and several rounds of revision, but for the moment being, I’m quite happy with it.
My cats for their endless support and patience and all the hours they spend sitting next to me while I was typing.
All the NaNoWriMo staff who made something great and you keep making it better and better each year.
All my friends who were supportive and kept asking about the story.
And last but not least, all my amazing Writing Buddies – especially Mika Krüger, who already finished last Tuesday but still waited for me so we could cross the finish line together, and Jery, whose supportive, smart and funny messages were better than muffins, brownies and cookies – combined.
I love you guys, more than I can ever say (or write). You are beyond amazing.