I finished my novel. *phew* This makes me a three-peat NaNoWriMo winner for whatever that's really worth. I know the next question on everyone's mind is, why don't you look to publish anything, but I'm still young and I'm learning and growing as a writer and I have a lot of learning and growing as a writer left to do. I can honestly say that what I came up with in '08 was way better than what I composed in '07 and I think my '09 work, though possibly a weaker story, is probably better written than my '08. Cheers to all those who NaNo-ed with me and special thanks to those that cheered me on along the way. I got very close to giving up mid-month and probably would have without such cool people supporting me.
Some people might look at this accomplishment as just a silly game. I wrote a crappy 96 page story, big whoop, right? But aside from writing, NaNoWriMo is also about the focusing on a goal, dedication above distraction, and pursuing creative ideals. If you look at the stats too, less than 20% of the participants that start NaNoWriMo actually reach the 50,000 word mark (last year was actually the record-high for wins with 18.2% of writers winning). So I guess that's worth at least a nod of admiration for sticking through what most abandon. (But even those that don't reach 50K have something to be proud of. As I've told friends, even if you write 1000 words for NaNoWriMo, that's 1000 words you would not have written otherwise!)
But I think I've put in enough words for today. I'll try to keep my prolific writing up with more blogs in the next month. For now, break out the bubbly and join me in a toast to the wonderful world of writing!