I did it! I finished with one day to spare. Still pinching myself because I really didn't think I'd do it...but I did!
So what did I learn from this little exercise?
1. I can write intensively when I put my mind to it.
2. Never trust Microsoft Word.
3. Scrivener is a wonderful programme for writers like me who plan and re-plan as they go.
4. Writing fast creates complete rubbish, but it gets a rough idea of the story out there for working on.
5. Never trust Microsoft Word.
6. Writing the death scene of a character you're fond of is difficult. Writing it at breakneck speed is even harder. But it gets done, which it wouldn't have otherwise...I would have procrastinated forever about doing that scene. :(
7. There are some days when writing is simply not going to happen. It doesn't matter.
8. It is possible to write without going back every three minutes to make sure it makes sense.
9. Never trust Microsoft Word.
10. It's a great feeling to get a story out of your head onto paper in such a short time. I'm glad I did it.
Now, back to editing. Is there a NaNoEdMo?