Going into Overtime for NaNoWriMo

I don’t think I’m going to make it before the clock runs out. I’m on the final drive for the win, but it would take some sort of miracle, Hail Mary play for me to type “The End” before NaNoWriMo runs out at midnight.

countdown-clock1That’s disappointing, of course. I’ve been hitting all the goals I set for myself, so it doesn’t seem fair I won’t be able to hit the big one — finishing on time.

But finishing is just about a foregone conclusion. I won’t make it if I die today, but otherwise I’m virtually certain to complete Roses Are White. I’ve got about three chapters left. I’m never entirely sure how many chapters there are until I finish a book, but, based on where I am now, I’m guessing it’s only three or four.

I wrote 5800 words yesterday across two chapters. That really put me in striking distance. Everything is all set for the big confrontation between Wolf Dasher and the bad guy. My bet is there’s somewhere between 5000 and 7500 words left in this novel. It’s 10,000 at the absolute most.

I could probably finish today if I really put my nose to the proverbial grindstone. But Ohio State plays Michigan at 11:00, and Jill wants to go shopping afterward. Then there’s supposed to be a movie or two in there tonight, since it’s our last kid-free evening of the holiday. There’s no way I’m getting 5000 words written today. If I get 3000, I’ll be pleased.

So I’m going into overtime on NaNoWriMo. It’s my own fault. I should have written a shorter book. But it’s okay, I’ll finish it this coming week. The hardest part of publishing, the most enormous task — writing the first draft — will be done well before Christmas. Thank you NaNoWriMo for the inspiration.

And thank you for following along. This won’t be last post on NaNoWriMo or Roses Are White, but I want to thank those of you who’ve been sharing the journey with me by reading my blogs on it. That helped me keep up the pace. It felt like someone was watching, expecting results. I’m going to get to the end of this book in part because you were reading about the writing of it.

And, of course, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear if you made it. Leave a comment below telling me how your project went. Did you finish? Are you close? Let me know!

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