When I wrote last week’s post about finishing NaNo, it was Tuesday, and I was sitting at 48,000 words with a full writing day ahead of me on Wednesday. I had perfect confidence I would finish NaNo and then some (after all, I still have more plot to get down).
I had the rest of my week planned, too: all the errands I’d been putting off, including two bus trips across town to do shopping, and a SCBWI meet-up on Friday. It was set to be an awesome and productive week.
And then I got sick.
I woke up at 3am on Wednesday morning with the worst stomach flu I’ve had in years. I was too sick to write (let alone run any errands or go to a meet-up).
(I actually thought about getting up to cancel last week’s post because it felt like lying to you guys, but I was too sick to get to my computer in time.)
However, exactly one week later, I am finally feeling better. I managed my last 2,000 words (to win NaNo) on Monday, despite having my daughter home sick with an ear infection, *and* having to break for naps. (I still have plot I need to finish, but that’s going to have to wait until I complete all my time-sensitive errands – not surprisingly, being sick in bed for a week has made my to-do list considerably longer.)
For all my fellow NaNo-ers out there (or anyone working on a draft at their own pace) Congratulations! You made it through November and presumably ended up with more words than you started. If you *did* manage to complete a first draft, check out this post from two years ago outlining my advice for you should do next.