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My first three weeks had been stupidly productive. By the time the last week and three days came around, I was way ahead of where I thought I would be. At the end of week three I had very nearly completed my first draft! I was just under 3,000 words away from the 50,000 word goal.

On the Monday of the new week I found myself procrastinating finishing it. I was terrified that I wouldn’t have enough words – having overestimated what I’d written in the first three days had me worried that I was actually behind my word count. I was worried that if I finished it where it needed to be finished, there wouldn’t be enough words there to call it a proper novel.

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Tuesday I finally finished the first draft! I had done it – I’d completed NaNoWriMo! This is absolutely amazing – I never thought I’d be able to do this. This is something I’ve wanted to try to complete for a while now, and the past two failed attempts made me think it impossible. But it was possible – I just needed to make myself sit down every day and WRITE.

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It was easier to focus on the 1,667 daily word target than think about the overall 50,000. The completed novel was a far more daunting challenge than the smaller daily word count, and these smaller, manageable bites made it all doable. I just can’t believe I’ve finally managed to do it! I am definitely getting a winner’s shirt for my vanity!

My finishing total is 50,433 words, and I have proven to myself that my first novel wasn’t a fluke. I can do this.

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I AM SO SMUG RIGHT NOW.

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