For those of you who made your 50,000 words in NaNo this month: congratulations! 50k in 30 days is no small feat, and much more than most people (most authors, even, I’d wager) write.

Which bring me to my next part.

I’ve seen a lot of people in the last few days talking about “losing” NaNo. To which I say: bollocks.

There is no “losing” NaNo. To think there is fundamentally misunderstands the point of the exercise, which isn’t so much to write a “novel” (or novella, really) so much as it is to get people having a go at writing a novel. As long as you did something this month–sketched a plot or wrote an opening or even just thought about what you’d like to have written–that’s something.

And it’s enough.

So congratulations to you guys, too. For having the courage to try, if nothing else.