Okay, so I didn't reach 50,000 words by 30th November, but I still regard my NaNoWriMo experience as a great success because it got me started. By 32,000 words, I felt I owed my historical fiction novel more detailed research, so I slowed down, popped the champagne but continued writing. I'm still writing every day, still researching and immersing myself in Melbourne life in the 1840s. From immigration depots, to the early 1840s depression, I feel my characters coming alive under my pen - especially some of the minor players, which is a surprise. Can't wait to see where it goes.