Well, it was a long, hard month of writing, but I broke through the 50,000 word barrier this morning to win the 2009 NaNoWriMo banner! Even better than that, though, I pushed my novel from a short story into the book I've been wanting to write for some time.
Actually, it turned out to be a completely different story than I thought it was going to be. I have a lot of clean-up to do with it as well, but I am not feeling any pressure for that. I would like to get it edited and assembled to publish it before next year's NaNoWriMo, though.
I can already tell that it will take a lot more discipline to finish next year. I started this year's with a story I had begun many years ago while working on my Bachelor's degree. It took more shape during my Masters, but was still never breaking out into a full-fledged novel. It took an article in a writing magazine for me to find the NaNoWriMo program and finally get my butt in gear to move it along.
The story follows one kid and his friends as they share fun, laughter, fear and adventure growing up in Western Pennsylvania. The setting is based on where I lived as a kid, and the characters are composites of many people I've known over my lifetime. While some of the trouble they find came based on my own childhood adventures, the novel is fictional. I dare say, it would also make a fun movie. Who knows, right?