To be perfectly honest, I questioned myself as to whether I could claim to be a NaNoWriMo winner or not. The goal for NaNoWriMo is to write a novel that is at least 50,000 words in 30 days. What I wrote is actually more of a journal than a novel, but I talked myself into counting it as a win because I know of many journals that have eventually been turned into books - Helen Keller's diary, Anne Frank's diary, etc. I have no intentions of turning my NaNo journaling in to a book but, hey, you never know. :)
Opps, I just read the FAQs on the NaNoWriMo site and after reading the What genres are okay? question I've concluded that maybe I'm not really an official winner by NaNo standards after all. The writing is supposed to be a work of fiction. However, the good people of NaNo have created a forum for what they call NaNo rebels such as myself.
Seriously, my goal in participating in NaNo this year was to develop the habit of regular writing, and I intend to continue with that habit. I do think that some of the material that I have included in my journal could eventually be taken out and expanded on and could be inspiration for other writing. I consider myself a winner because I reached the 50,00o word count goal and I know that next time around I will be ready to actually tackle writing something that will make me an honest to goodness official NaNoWriMo winner.
A fellow NaNoer often posted wordles of her writing thoughout the month and when I reached the word count goal last night I decided to celebrate by creating a wordle. Here it is: