I’m happy to declare that I’ve validated the rough draft of my NaNoWriMo novel, “Not to the Swift,” and have won the event.
More importantly, I’ve actually completed a start-to-finish draft of a novel.
Up to this point, I’ve had outlines and chapters and scenes from multiple works-in-perpetual-progress, but never a finished draft. So the milestone is particularly exciting to me.
I could have uploaded the 50,000+ words my Friday evening, but the goal for me has been to actually get to a point where I could write two important words: The End.
It’s imperfect, no doubt dreadful in some places. There are scenes missing and plot problems I already realize I need to fix.
But for now I will enjoy the sense of victory.
Because if I can finish this one–about an unfamiliar topic in an unfamiliar genre–then I have no excuses for not knocking out the projects I’m really excited about.
No more excuses.