Day 17 and I'm done! I finished at about 1 a.m. this morning with word 50,000. Last year I did it in 26 days, so 17 is a new personal best, and that's what really counts, right?
Please also consider entering my NaNoWriMo contest. Though no one has won before me, I will draw three people from those who finish before the end of the month for first chapter evaluations.
You can update your word count by either leaving a comment on one of my posts or by posting on my Facebook author page at http://www.facebook.com/authormichaelyoung. You can find the widget to offical enter the contest by clicking on any of my NaNoWriMo posts.
With NaNoWriMo finished, I'm going to go back to the Monday/Thursday schedule. Next Monday I'll have a follow up post with things I learned from this year's NaNoWriMo. I'll also highlight any of your who post your word counts or who finishes. My faithful commenter Robin is up to 31229 words as of yesterday. I'm sure she'll be done soon!
Once you have finished the first draft of your project, take a little time to celebrate. Pat yourself on the back and let a few others do so as well. Then, I usually find it is good to let the the piece have a brief cooling off period. Shelve it for a week and let it stew in your mind. Then, come back to it and launch into revisions. Your project is done--it has just moved on to the next phase in its life cycle.