NaNoWriMo2011 – I WON!!!!

Yep, I wrote 50,625 words on 97 pages! It was hard like you wouldn’t believe but that’s me done. I will quickly share the top things I learned during this process:

  1. I am as stubborn as a bull!
  2. It was not that difficult when I got going, but I had several moments where I did not know what will happen next.
  3. It’s true when they say characters take a life of their own, I tell you. My story did not end the way I thought it would.
  4. I worried a lot about people’s names and places. I wonder how much that all matters but I can always go back to edit.
  5. There is still at least two more novels in me. I kept having to separate my thoughts as I was mixing up too many story lines.
  6. I had a plot and a subplot but at one point, my subplot was overpowering my main plot. My solution was to write it in a way that a sequel novel became inevitable (hehehe!).
  7. I am exhausted and looking forward to not writing much in December (sorry!).

I need to thank Margaret, Chris Alice, and Fomsky for their overwhelming support. And my husband who still can’t believe I added this extra “thing” to my long list of to-dos; and my mum who called from Nigeria to ask if I did it and my sister who thought it would be a no-brainer for me; and my kids who wondered why I was hitting away on the keyboard but could read the invisible “Writer at Work” sign and just kept walking saying, ‘Mummy is writing a story!’

The winners of the blog contest will be announced on Sunday, 4 December.

Here’s one last NaNoToons for the road:


Thank you very, very much. Over and out!



  1. Unbelievable!!


  2. Congratulations! I made it to a little over 40 K. Holiday messed me up. LOL 🙂


  3. Congratulations! I knew you would do it. I had faith in you all along. I love your list of things that you learned. I can’t wait to hear about the next book. Let’s now wait until next November. I’m two and a half chapters into my new one.

    You are incredible!



  4. Kemi, wow u did it! Thanks for mentioning me in your thank you list. I never doubted it for a second. I’m so proud of you and so inspired. Hoping to follow your shoes in the near future. I’m sure by the time you go through it and make make some corrections, it’ll be ready to send out to publishers. Don’t hesitate to do that dear. Hugs.


  5. YAY!!!! Congrats, Kemi. And aren’t you a sly one, working a sequel into the mix. By the time you rewrite, edit, proofread, and submit this one, you’ll be ready to start the sequel for next year’s NaNoWriMo. Or maybe sooner, judging by how quickly you work.


  6. Well done! I know how it feels, because I just finished mine too 🙂

    Go celebrate – you deserve it!


    • Congrats, Leanne! It feels awesome, doesn’t it? I know you can’t see me but I’m toasting to you right here on my sofa :-). Thanks for stopping by!


  7. Well done, Kemi – what staying power !! 50,000 wordes on 97 pages……….will you be releasing a “Big Print” version for the rest of us ? 🙂 I am duly impressed – what an achievement. 🙂


    • Actually, I was thinking of releasing a chapter a week but that means I need to edit every week (sigh!). I’ll think of something :-). Thanks for the kudos.

      How have you been?


  8. snagglewordz says:

    Congratulations! I bet you’ll have more than three more stories in you 🙂 Especially once all those subplots turn into stories and sequels of their own!


    • Lol, well you’re right. Once the plots start, they don’t stop, do they? Anything can happen to anybody in this life so there’s loads of inspiration – getting difficult to be unrealistic even! Thanks for stopping by!

      Did you win?


  9. Well done babe, so proud of you. Still don’t know how you managed to ‘fit it all in!’ Even as a reader, I couldn’t keep up with your writing at the rate you kept churning out words…. Like fomsky said, you’re an inspiration!xx


  10. Congrats girl!! I haven’t had a lot of time to post on some of these, but I was reading them and I loved it. I just love your stories!! I hope you don’t stop creating these


  11. Congratulations! I hope you’re extremely proud of yourself 🙂


  12. congrats!!!


  13. Personal (if late) congratulations to you – not only on reaching your goal of 50k, but also on your new insights about yourself 😉
    This year I gained new insights on how it feels to struggle, be distracted, get off track, not to make it into the vortex – a lot of material on how not to do it, and to eventually zoom in on “what works for me and why”… 🙂


  14. Congratulations! I knew you would make it! 🙂
    Hopefully I can join a challenge like this next year 😉


  15. Congratulations on winning. Like you, I’m not planning on doing much writing in December. But in January, I’ll get back to work on my story. NaNo was a great experience.


  16. This is quite an incredible achievement! There are times when I can barely manage to assemble 150-200 into a coherent thought – let alone 50,625! With a positive attitude that is not overbearing, your writing style is very approachable. Kudos and congrats!



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