Well it’s over. And I made it.
The thing is, looking over the draft I’ve produced I’m forced to ask myself the question: is this… english? Have I just inadvertantly written a Norwegian bestseller? It’s either that or my spellchecker has started highlighting all the correctly spelled words, which is unlikely.
So things I’ve learnt:
So - did it work? Did I end up with a novel at the end of all this? Well - not exactly. I think it’s going to take an expert Novel Reconstruction and Development Crew to make anything out of the mess I made. They may even decide it’s best to put the poor thing out of its misery.
In the end, I think NaNoWriMo is more about facing up to a huge challenge and overcoming it. It reminds me a lot of a marathon. Like a marathon it’s more about finishing than how gracefully you can run it. So now that I’m here, gasping at the finish line, I can look back and maybe use what I’ve learnt. For one thing I’m hoping that this will finally get me writing a lot more regularly. Y’know - marathon training…
I’ll be doing it again next year and hopefully I’ll be more prepared.
Anyway… I think I’m all written out…
(P.S. It’s kind of amazing but Pretoria ended up well within the top 50 regions in the world (31st!). We were certainly the best in
South Africa. Go team!)