Yesterday I crossed the 50,000 mark in the words I've written for my WIP, In the Land of Pangaea. This is significant because I wrote all the words in November, which is what you need in order to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.
Since I didn't participate officially, I don't get a nifty winner's button to put here, but I'm still incredibly pleased to be able to report my success. In all, I spent twelve of the preceding twenty-six days writing, sometimes as "few" as 3,000 words in a day and sometimes as many as 5,000. My original schedule had me writing for more of those days, and finishing today, in time to devote Thanksgiving and Black Friday to family and the last day of the month to my regular weekends off, but I was informed that today wouldn't be a regular kind of day either, so I had to quickly compensate, which was why there were two 5,000 days and a couple of 4,500s, too.
Although certainly a great push in the overall effort, my plans call for more than a hundred thousand more words, which puts Pangaea at the longest manuscript I've written to date, a different kind of achievement entirely. I figure if I stay at a fairly good clip I'll be done by February or March, and I will certainly let you know how that goes, but I wont beat myself up. I said I wouldn't if I didn't hit the NaNo goal, and maybe I wouldn't have, but I don't have to worry about that anymore.
Back in the old days, when I only had the one blog (Scouring Monk), I wrote victory posts after each successful NaNo, explaining how that year's story came to be. I won't be doing that here, but I figured I'd at least acknowledge the tradition.
I'll be taking a short break from the WIP, probably won't be writing again until Tuesday. But I'm not worried at all about it. I've got NaNo behind me. I've made a good start. Now I just have to finish it.