The final word count was 47,898. After it became apparent that I wasn’t going to make it, I thought about pushing through and just writing until I got to 50k, regardless of deadline (it was still November at the NaNoWriMo HQ in San Francisco!). But at midnight I just went to sleep because I was exhausted and thoroughly annoyed. Doing these things is harder when you’re working (I could have probably finished if I hadn’t needed to work Monday or Tuesday… or Wednesday), so I know I really shouldn’t be annoyed, but I am frustrated because I have never not finished when I decided I would go for it. Crushing insane deadlines is my superpower.
2003 (Nipul-Suir)– 2,786 words — last word written: 6th November
2004 (Untitled) — 5,072 words — last word written: 11th November
2005 (Peter Pan Syndrome) — 2,664 words — last word written: 16th November
2006 (Shoot the Moon) — 50,011 words
2007 (Lycanthropy) — 50,033 words
2008 (Urban Decay) — 1,446 words — last word written: 5th November
2009 (5:30 AM) — 50,071 words
Any time I got around to writing more than 10,000 words and pushed on through the infamous Week Two, it was pretty much a done deal, even if 2006 was the only year I didn’t have a huge dead zone in the middle of the month. 2007 and 2009 I actually finished early, though in 2007 I was doing 5k/day for the last several days and 2009 was just ridiculous.