NaNoWriMo ends today, and if I manage this right the last word of this post should be my 50,000th word. And what a month it’s been.

NaNoWriMo 2016

I started NaNoWriMo late, not writing a word until day 6. The whole month I was convinced I would fail for the second time, but this time I wouldn’t have a valid excuse. In my mind, my only excuse would be laziness. Even though November was a jam-packed month I still have enough free time that I probably could have finished a few days ago. That would have been a lot less stressful than typing up my last word on the last day. But I suppose this way is more theatrical. I need theme music as I rush to verify my writing with only seconds on the clock. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

This month had a lot of NaNoWriMo induced breakdowns. Yesterday I had two breakdowns within the first ten minutes of waking up. It was a stressful month, but I suppose I made it. Now, because of NaNoWriMo, I have close to thirty blog posts that will require only a bit of editing. (Just because my inner editor won’t shut the hell up.)

As of the last paragraph, I only have 151 words to go. This is where it get emotional. Cue the tears ladies and gentlemen. After a rollercoaster of a month, it’s all nearly over. I’ll be able to sleep in peace. I’ll be able to clear the already used posts from my NaNoWriMo file. I’ll be able to delete the posts I know I’ll never publish. It will be a grand occasion.

79 words left. I won’t lie, I’m a bit shaky. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do now that NaNoWriMo is almost over. I think I’m going to spend some more time setting up more technical stuff on my blog, promoting, taking pictures, and firmly establishing my writing voice. I’m going to be taking a bunch of free courses to help me with this, I’ve already signed up for a course that will help with my Pinterest skills. I’m getting all of my courses from here if you want to take one too. Improving the quality of my blog is going to be my new goal.

And I’ve done it. Thank you for the great month all you NaNoWriMo moderators and ML’s. Here’s to setting new goals and maintaining new good habits.

Happy end of NaNoWriMo.


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