This year, I was one of THOSE PEOPLE.
The people who hit 50k before the 25th, and are sitting around waiting for validation to open up.
The people who hit 50k, but yak on about needing to finish the story before the month is over.
I became one of THEM.
I hit 50k Sunday; I had been 1500 words short the night before; I decided not to check my word count and finish the scene I was on, then upload it to see if it was enough to push me through. MS Word gave me 49,961 words.
I wrote some more that day, but I did not update or upload until I was done with the story. I had three sections I wanted to write, and the first two, and the end of the third, are pretty much vry poor writing - a whole lotta telling, no showing. But I have the story down, and the format of this novel will include a lot of telling anyway. I have all the stuff I wanted to say down on paper, which is the important part. I can fill in the details (and, you know, little things like dialogue) later.
I should have the dissertation tweaked and edited by Monday, then I can write to my little heart's content without the guilt of "you should be working on this instead" hanging over my head. I will finally finish SENIOR YEAR, which will complete the "trilogy" (then I can go back and change all the details that need to sync up with the three novels - same three characters, slightly overlapping time periods), and I can focus on editing LIFE CHOICES. And giving it a less corny name.
So excited about regularly attending my writers group again, and having something to read every week! You know, like a writer would!
Now, to catch up on grading. And other stuff.
Coming soon: Ode to the AlphaSmart.