I did it! I wrote a novel in 30 days!

Actually 28 days to be exact!

Official NaNoWriMo 2004 Winner!

It actually came out to about 55, 000 words and after I go back to page one and color in all 200 pages of it, I’m thinking it will be about 70,000 words. But the bottom line? I finished 50,000 words in a month and just it validated by the National Novel Writing Month crew. It’s Sunday morning and I want champagne!

I HIGHLY suggest giving this a try next year if you didn’t do it this year. I had been sitting on my idea and outline for a year and a half, too chicken to go for it. But NaNoWriMo forces you to just sit the hell down and type it all out. Many nights i was up until 2 am pounding it out. Every time I stopped to question my ability, imagination or plot, I’d find a magical email in my inbox from director Chris Baty telling me to “stop whining” and keep going. It’s like he knew exactly what everyone was going through and served as our personal cheerleader!

In the end, I found that my story deviated a lot from my original outline. Once I got going with these characters, their stories just came out the way they wanted. I typed detailed character descriptions and kept them at my side so I could refer to them when adding dialogue and descriptions. Whenever a new character came up, I had to scribble a page of notes for them. There are a lot more boring details that I won’t go into.

All I can say is that if I can do it (with a FT job, 2 kids, a hubby and an art biz) – you can too!

Love & light,


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