I’ve Won at NaNoWriMo…Unofficially

In 19 days, I finished my draft which ended up being 75,000 words instead of my estimated 80,000 words. I’m stunned that I did it, but writing 3000-4000+ words a day was how I managed to do it.

After I finished and entered my final word count, I then changed the goal from 80,000 words to 75,000 words, and I think that messed up the system. I thought I’d get a completion badge with fireworks, but nothing happened. I heard you’re supposed to upload your draft as proof, but I saw no message telling me to do that. My big win was anticlimactic.

I reported the issue to tech support and their auto-reply said they’d get back to me in 3-4 business days (it’s a volunteer-run operation). Then I found on their website instructions on what to do when something like this happens, and I gave it a go. I’m so great at computers (biggest lie of the year) that I ended up deleting all of my daily word counts, progress stats, and my final word count. Ahhhh! Did you hear that? That was the sound of me shitting my pants.

I’ve submitted another plea for assistance with tech support re: my big boo-boo, so here I am, in NaNo winner limbo. Fortunately, I did a screenshot of my final word count right before it reset to a big fat “0.”

After all that, I took a hard nap, then missed the close of the market, which made me even more frustrated because there was a stock I wanted to buy at the end of day. Still, I dove right into my NaNo reward which was to binge-watch Narcos. It’s so darn good!

As I wait for tech support to get back to me, I’ll be planning out my revision process. I still feel a lot of momentum from all that speedy writing, so it’s kind of weird to not work on my book this morning. First, I need to re-center, do some cleaning, maybe workout, and get organized before diving into my revisions. As we near the end of the year, there are a lot of unfinished items on my to-do list that need serious addressing.

Regardless, I’m very happy with finishing my draft. This is going to be a fun book. I hope it’s soon enough that I’m able to show official proof of my NaNoWriMo win.

Author: Donna Fernandez

Author of contemporary fiction.