“Day Is Done, Gone the Sun…” It’s the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo and though I want to squeak out some more words before the official end of camp, I have met the 50,000 word challenge. I had a validated a word count of 51,650 on June 25.
Camp NaNoWriMo was not without challenges and drama. During Week 1 my keyboard broke right the middle of a sentence. During Week 2, a seagull ate my hot dog. During Week 3, my network switch died and I lost my Internet connection. At this point in my writing I was doing a lot of research online, so Internet problems had me dead in the water. Fortunately a neighbor who knows way more about connectivity than I do was able to swap cables around and get me back online until I could obtain and install a new switch.
Displaying the “never-say-die” spirit we NaNoWriMos are famous for, I soldiered on and met the 50K word goal. True, 50,000 words does not make a complete commercial novel. Those usually run at least 65,000 words and are more like 75,000, 85,000 or even 100,000 words long. However someone who has 50K words under her belt is likely to go on to finish the story, maybe even publish it. That was my experience when I did my first writing marathon, NaNoWriMo 2010. I finished two days and 62 words ahead of schedule. I continued to chip away at the project through the following year and at the end of 2011, The Lost King was published.
Speaking of The Lost King, I’ll be signing copies of that book during First Friday at the Port Aransas Art Center, July 6, 2012. You can also enjoy free music and refreshments at the same time and check out the winners or the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest. The Art Center is located at 323 N. Alister in Port Aransas. Hope to see you there.