I had an amazing day yesterday, and I got my total words written so close to my goal of 50,000. My fingers were cramping by the end of the night, but I was so happy, I didn't care.
Only 8212 words to go by midnight tomorrow night. Totally doable. Except for one thing.
The story is finished.
Talk about a major road block. I didn't think it would happen, but I told all that I had to tell in under 50,000. I actually thought I'd go way over that number by the time I filled in all of the details. So now what?
I've been thinking about it this morning, and I'm going to just keep going. I will hit that magical number and "win" NaNoWriMo this year. And this is why - I could be wrong. I could have missed some major details or some pivotal scenes that must be told. I could have completely botched the ending. It could be better in ways I can't see right now.
So rather than sit here and think, "My story rocks and I'm done," I'm going to play with it more. I'm going to start in random places and rewrite. I'm going to add backstory for other characters. And I'm going to just type - not even look at it. (And try really hard not to correct typos as I go...) I don't know where the story will go from here, but at worst, I waste 8000+ words. At best, I find a new direction that I like even better. Win-win.