I finished on August 31 at 7:40-something in the morning, with 50,015 words, which I think is my lowest word count for any NaNoWriMo event, but that doesn’t matter. I won! And here is what I learned:
1. I can mysteriously manage to write 1,613 words in less than an hour (sometimes in less than 45 minutes) when it’s a weekday. But on the weekends, it takes me two or three hours to write that same amount of words.
2. I couldn’t write with music this time around. For June’s Camp NaNo, I could write with music playing. I really can’t say why… another mystery.
3. My compulsion to recycle characters from older novels hasn’t left. Instead of creating new characters, I thought that existing characters would work just as well in minor roles, so I had quite a few cameos. That was fun.
4. This was technically a second draft (yes, I rebelled), and it turned out completely different from the first draft. Like, 180-degree-change different. The only similarity was I didn’t change most of the characters (although I did remove a bunch; I think the first draft had way too many to begin with).
5. I’m going to have to change the title. DANIEL no longer fits. I don’t know what the new title would be, but it definitely won’t be DANIEL.
All in all, I would say that it was a successful revision, although it raised a lot of worldbuilding-related questions. I kept having to create little comment balloons in Microsoft Word so I could write those questions down and maybe answer them later on. I think that’s what I’ll be doing for the next few months or so. Lots and lots of worldbuilding.