Day 30–The finish line


A screenshot of my page on NaNoWriMo’s official website. My page shows my progress via a graph and NaNoWriMo badges.


In all honesty, I never thought I would finish my novel or novella, which later turned out to be a novelette.

I spent the last day writing the last part of How We Got Here, the epilogue. I felt that since the prologue was from Lorraine’s perspective, it was only fitting that the epilogue would be the same.

In the epilogue, Lorraine has read the kids’ letters and her wedding has come and gone. She provides her perspective and feelings on not only the kids’ letters but the events mentioned in them.

Lorraine talks about feeling absolved from her guilt of depending on Michael after reading his letter, finding Lucas’ letter humorous, not being surprised at Gwen’s idea of everyone writing letters, concern over Cassie being around her pregnant sister and sister-in-law due to her infertility, guilt and joy at Christi’s letter, her feelings towards Markus’ parents, relief at Scott embracing a new career due to the abrupt end of his current one, more of an understanding of the twins (Julie and Elaine) and admitting that she’ll miss Bethie when she moves away.

I love full circle endings and that’s what I wanted for How We Got Here. The first line in the prologue and the novelette is “I didn’t plan on having kids, especially ten of them, of course I didn’t, especially since I had my eldest at seventeen.” The last line in the epilogue and the novelette is “Despite what I thought and felt at the time, I now know that I’m blessed that my life didn’t go as planned when I was seventeen.” I was happy with that final line, even more so as it took me a while to come up with it.

I finished my first NaNoWriMo at 15,729 words and 74 pages. If I was able to count my prologue (I wrote it earlier in the year) my total word count would have been 17,754 and page count would have been 81. Overall, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and that I finally worked on an idea that I’ve had for over a decade. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t manage to write a whole novel, however this didn’t surprise me due to my work commitments, the amount of time it takes to commute to my work commitments and that longer forms of fiction have never been my strong suit.

I took my printed novelette to Officeworks to have it bound. Even though as I was reading through it I found spelling and grammatical errors, as well as one factual error, which is a given for a first draft, I still wanted to have it bound to mark my hard work over the last month. You can find a picture of it below.

To my fellow writers who also participated in NaNoWriMo 2016, no matter what your result, congratulations to each and every one of you!

I’ll be following up this blog post with another detailing my plans for NaNoWriMo 2017.


How We Got Here (first draft, coil bound)

How We Got Here (first draft, coil bound)


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