I left Week 2 with a very important question – what comes after acceptance? This whole adventure has been uncharted territory for me so I never know what to expect. Fortunately, Week 3 has brought some enlightenment my way…
….and by ‘enlightenment’ I mean I’m freaking. Right. Out.
I’ve come way too far to turn back and I am not willing to admit defeat. If I have to type until my fingers bleed right up until 11:59:59 PM on November 30th I will get 50,000 words into this manuscript.
Things on the line include:
1. My Pride
I recently found out that a colleague of mine (from an office down the hall) is at 40,000 words. He is also heavily involved in Movember and has a young family at home. Let’s get serious – if he can do it, I have lost any ability to make an excuse for myself.
2. Winning the War (Word War, that is)
@Woodsay1121 and I are deep into a long Word War 6 (which is really a battle inside the larger war) and I’m ahead 3-2 after my victory in Word War 5. To be honest, although I will obviously do my best to win, I secretly think…
NOT FOR WOODSAY’S EYES!: I hope he wins so we can go to round 7. It’s just not as exciting if I claim ultimate victory a week before we finish the challenge.
Okay, @Woodsay1121, you can tune back in. Don’t worry about what it says up there – just worry about your word count. ‘Cuz I’m coming for you.
3. Ultimate Bragging Rights
Regardless of the Word Wars, finishing a novel in a month comes with life long bragging rights. In fifty years I will still be able to pull this out at any function and expect to receive full on awe and praise. Not to mention the ability to wear this t-shirt.
I haven’t ordered it yet, because it just doesn’t feel right to presume. As soon as I’m within striking range of 50K though, this is happening.
Although I’ve been concentrating a lot on how difficult this is, the reality remains that this is awesome. There is so much support in the larger NaNo community it’s mind-boggling! There are tons of forums on the NaNo site and on GoodReads. And if you prefer to experience some socializing there are Write-Ins organized in many cities, including the Ottawa-Gatineau region. In this spirit, I am going to do two things in the upcoming week (think I like lists much?).
1. I am doing the Black Friday 10K Challenge (so nervous!)
2. I am going to a Write-In (Sunday 1PM at the Main Library)
So from Anger to Acceptance to Going for Broke – I’m on an upward swing!
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