I’m so close.
The goal for NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. The classic goal is to write a brand new fiction novel. However, being a rebel is encouraged, it is really the writing that is the point. I am currently 149 words away from the word count goal, after having written 6166 words today. Out of respect for those that have far less time to give to this task, and because its fun to win with a crowd, I will hold off on writing the final words until tomorrow night at my local Final Push gathering.
It feels great to be able to finish again, and to be more open about writing as a passion for me. This manuscript will still need lots of work to get into publishing shape, but I am so pleased with the ideas that I let myself explore and how I can feel the bits of structure pulling together. In its current form it is a complete story, though it does have tangents and a few loose ends, I think people could follow it from point A through to Z. And while I did have a structure and plot worked out ahead of time, there are some exciting shifts in the narrative, the mythology of the city, and that is part of the magic of NaNoWriMo for me. As far as it has come since the beginning, this is the version of the story that I am the most excited about sharing and publishing next year. The work is almost done, and the work is just beginning. Now to go find some ice for my fingers.