Silk’s post-deadline post — I’m so proud of my writing friends for their accomplishments in this crazy writing challenge, and so grateful for their support through the past five months. Joe, Paula, Helga and Karalee – you’re the best of the best.
According to my calculations (with help from the handy MS Word counter), here’s the collective arithmetic for our writing challenge:
PAGES WRITTEN: 1,214
WORDS WRITTEN: 251,886
NOVELS FINISHED (FIRST DRAFT): 1
NOVELS FINISHED (SECOND DRAFT): 1
NOVELS IN PROGRESS: 3
Congratulations to Joe and Paula, who have already typed: “The End”, with special kudos to Joe who has already finished his second draft. What an accomplishment, Joe! We all hate you. I’m kidding. We all love you.
Honourable mentions to Karalee, who weighed in with the top word count in the “novels still in progress” category, and to Helga for completely starting over with a new novel halfway through the challenge and still managing to make excellent progress.
Of course, someone always has to be last, and this time the booby prize goes to me. The tortoise.
But don’t lose faith. I haven’t. Sometimes the tortoise does pretty well in the end. I’m still at it and I could still use some cheering on.
The fact is, the 5 writers challenge wasn’t a competition against each other. And it wasn’t merely a race against the clock. It was a gutsy journey of discovery by a fellowship of writers who have not only inspired and supported each other, but have also shared our story – the good, the bad and the ugly – with our friends and the writing community.
The writing was the challenging part. Learning about our personal strengths and weaknesses as writers working under pressure was the discovery part. Sharing with the world was the gutsy part.
But the story isn’t over. There are still pages to be written. And re-written. And hopefully published. The challenge continues.
As we take a breath and plan the next leg of the journey, I want to thank everyone who has followed our blog and encouraged us along the way so far. Writing is perhaps the ultimate solitary profession, but because of our 5 writers challenge, we’ve never been alone. I hope we’ve given our readers here something back.
Hope you’ll stay with us!