As of 2:40pm today, I am officially a National Novel Writing Month Winner!
It was a long month of grueling hours in front of the computer screen, but after everything I made it through unscathed, and with 50,000 words to show for it. I'll admit it: I'm proud of myself. I wrote (part of) a book. Although my manuscript is far from done, I completed the challenge, and hopefully I'll keep on writing without the motivation of must write 50k!
The goal helped a lot. The idea that I HAVE TO WRITE 50K IN 30 DAYS kept me from procrastinating or putting aside ideas because I thought they weren't good enough. Which means there's a lot of rambling sentences and unnecessary scenes dumped onto those pages, but that's what the editing process is for, right?
In conclusion, if you are doing NaNoWriMo, don't give up just because it ends in two days. Keep writing. Stay up all night. Fall asleep in the middle of dinner. WHATEVER IT TAKES. And even if you don't make it, at least you worked hard and have part of a book to show for it. Keep going, even after November has ended. That's a direct order from me to you.
Good luck and good writing!
(PS. I got this awesome winner's certificate, which I'm going to force you to appreciate.)