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OMG you guys I’m so tired, and I’m going to spend the next month putting my life and my blog back together, but…I DID IT.  I won NaNoWriMo for the first time by writing over 50,000 words on my novel during November.

My novel, which is currently going by The Gladiator and the Goddess, is definitely not done.  In fact, the third act is virtually nonexistent, but it is a complete, readable text, which was really my goal.  So I’ll put it aside for a month and come back to it next year.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that winning NaNo was the hardest thing I have done in recent memory.  I am totally drained.  It got a little easier as I went along.  In previous NaNos, I’ve struggled to write more than a few hundred words per day; this time I found I was able to do about 1000 easily.  Of course, I was still behind the whole way, so this last week I really had to put a lot of time in.  Nothing like an upcoming deadline for motivation.

Can you tell I’m a procrastinator?

When I tried to validate, I was still a few words short due to differences in word count methods, so I quickly added an extra paragraph that looked like this:

More words words words words la la a an the small words are better I think omg I’m done and Spotify stopped I need more kpop la s an the pull the dk ahf etih aien I need a hundred more words, how could the owrd count be off by that much yikes oh well I’m still going to win so whatever and opefully in January this will make me laugh a lot. So tied need sleep. Almost at one hundred more words more words the best words tremendous words so great I know all the best words much owrds so wow very write ok I’m over one hundred now thanks bye

Yup, that’s the thought process of a NaNo winner at the end of the month.

I hope you all had successful writing, too!  I look forward to reading them someday…after some editing. 🙂

ETA: I also accomplished my goal for the month by attending two local “write-ins” with other people in my area attempting NaNo.  We’re the Akron region and we have a Facebook group if you are local and want to join.

Also, my soundtrack for the month varied from Pines of Rome to the sounds of my husband playing Overwatch.  I did create a Spotify playlist for NaNo K-pop music that was my most frequent listen; check it out here:


19 thoughts on “Victory!

  1. LightningEllen December 1, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Wow! Congrats on the huge accomplishment. Enjoy your much needed rest now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mei-Mei December 1, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I can’t wait to just watch TV or read a book in the evenings!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. starwarsanon December 2, 2016 / 10:40 am

    MEI-MEI SO PROUD OF YOU. Seriously. Since I’ve been following your blog for a while, I know that NaNoWriMo has always been tough for you. So I’m really super stoked to see this post and the success!

    Funny last paragraph. Your brain was totes fried.

    How did the meetup go? I know you get nervous meeting other people, but did it help with your fear as well?


  3. Ally Bean December 2, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Congrats. I cannot imagine doing what you did during November. Very impressed. Way cool.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mei-Mei December 3, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It was a lot of work, but hopefully it will be worth it.


  4. MK December 4, 2016 / 12:17 am

    I’m so impressed. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

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