I was too sick to concentrate on the novel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, and by the time I started to feel better Friday night, I realized my chances of making the 50,000-word target by midnight Monday were waning fast, especially since if I recovered, I would want to spend Saturday with my brother and sister-in-law (which is what happened).
Some people who were as far behind pace as I have been able to catch up. And I had much of the day today and all day tomorrow (another of my burn-off vacation days) if I had chosen to make such an attempt.
But I didn’t.
I think part of the reason is that I was already closer than I intended to be to the end of my story. So writing 6,000 words today and 6,000 words tomorrow would have truly been filler for filler’s sake, with little chance of anything revelatory. If I do decide to go back and rework what I wrote this month (and I have no idea whether I will or not) I will have to flesh it out by adding things to the beginning or middle of the story, and by rewriting some of my shallower scenes, not by tacking stuff on to the end.
Anyway, I offer my hearty congratulations to those who have already reached their 50,000 or will reach it in the coming hours. NaNoWriMo is a great experience, and I hope to join you in it in 2010.