I did it! Whew! Not only did I surpass the 50k mark but I also completed a first draft of my manuscript. I spent all weekend trying to figure out a good ending and it finally came to me in the middle of the night.

Now for the fun stuff. I have to go back and add some details and descriptions in a few areas still lacking. That will boost my word count a little more, I hope to have it completed somewhere between 90k and 100k.  If it doesn’t get that high I can live with that too.

Thank you Darksculptures, Kathan, Nancy Drew Too and Shaddy aka Paper Cut Screams for all your support and encouragement. I’m thrilled to see that we are all winners this month but not surprised. I knew we could do it, and what fun it was. I can’t wait to read more of what you’ve written.

I must mention that when I submitted my novel for the final word count the count drop over 450 words. I was surprised to see the difference in the Microsoft word counter and the NaNo word counter.

11 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo WINNER!

  1. Good for you! I’m still working on my draft, but given how little I started with, I’m thrilled to have completed as much as I did. My word count in Google docs was about 100 – 200 higher than it was in Microsoft Word. I can’t remember if there was a difference from Word to the NaNo word count. I was just so happy to have it go through.

    I just noticed today how nasty the bathrooms are looking after a month of neglect. I guess there are other things to be done as well, but writing is vastly preferable.

    1. I hear you about the disgusting-ness of everything. The upside for me was that I had to clean last week for our house guests and for Thanksgiving Day. So other than putting away dishes, etc., my house is livable. I plan on watching a video today, in the peace and quiet of no one else home, with the knowledge that I will be taking one day off of writing today.

    2. Fortunately my lovely daughter cleaned the entire house for me last week for my birthday. The kids had the whole week off from school so she not only cleaned it but kept it clean.

    3. Thanksgiving forced me to do the much neglected cleaning. Believe me, with two large dogs and a 14 y/o boy neglect is an understatement! The house was a disaster.

      Not to mention I always clean the carpets the second week of November for the added holiday traffic. So that was also on my agenda last week. On the bright side….at least it’s all done! Until Saturday when I return to my normal bathroom tile detail. Yuck!

  2. That is weird, I expected my word count to drop when I sent it to NaNo, but it actually went up about 50 words. Weird.

    Congrats on winning (and finishing your draft)!! You are due a double congratulations for inspiring us all to do this in the first place!!

    Seriously, thank you. I wouldn’t have done it without you.

    1. Yeah–I’m feeling a little indignant but what can I do. 450 words is a lot, what if my total word count was 50449?
      Thank you for doing it with me. What a boring trip this would have been alone. I never doubted you could do it. You just needed a little push. 🙂

  3. Congrats to you on all counts. You’ve far exceeded what most NaNo winners accomplished so be sure to walk a little taller and feel a whole lot prouder.

    Look out world, dayner’s coming!

  4. Way to go Dayner! I’m a little sad that I didn’t finish the complete draft, but after I noticed how many days it will take to finish and I look at all the days during the month that I didn’t write I talked myself out of feeling bad. LOL

    I feel the same way as each of you–Absolutely, thrilled that we were there to support each other every day, every step, and every moment of angst.

    Five of us entered this challenge together and five arrived at the finish line winners! I think that speaks volumes about our support networks and our dedication to each other!


    I didn’t finish, but I was cheating anyway since it wasn’t a fresh novel, but I’ll claiming my 40k as a personal victory.

    So awesome that you finished it too! Enjoy that high!!!

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