Today’s the day! I validated my NaNoWriMo project and officially won. If you’re not fluent in NaNo, validating is when you paste the full text of your project into NaNo’s word counting thingy, and winning is when you hit or exceed the target of 50,000 words.
Honestly, it doesn’t feel real yet. I can’t believe I have the first draft of 22 Cards living on my computer (and safely backed up in the cloud). After a month of concept and character development, a month of outlining, and almost three weeks of frantic writing, it is a thing that exists. Phew!
There’s so much work still to be done – a first draft is really only a starting point – but I’m going to set it aside for now and concentrate on publishing Car Thieves, hopefully early next year. But first, I’m going to have a bit of a break.
Living and breathing 22 Cards for the last few months has been a pretty intense experience and my head has been filled with even more violent, dark and murdery stuff than usual. Even the music I’ve been listening to has reflected the mood of the book, with lots of “this is terrible and unhealthy but I’m doing it anyway” vibes going on.
I’m going to take some time to have a creative palate cleanser, indulge in some recreational photography and get back in touch with all the online stuff that’s been on the back burner lately. Right now though, I’m binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix, listening to a lot of Walk Off The Earth, cutting back on my caffeine intake and having a much-needed rest 🙂