Throwing in the Towel on NaNoWriMo

Okay, so I'm about 34K into my novel for NaNoWriMo and the deadline is tonight. Despite my optimism throughout this whole ordeal, I really don't think I'm going to be able to cough up the extra 16K required to finish without some major cheating. Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily above cheating, but I would rather ACTUALLY finish the book. I've grown too attached to my characters to not see them through to the end. Do I have any excuses to why I wasn't able to pull off the 50K words in one month? Of course! I have loads of them - work, grad school, homework, midterm, class project, work, getting sick, Thanksgiving, work, grad school. I figure I need about a week more to finish (if I manage to keep up the pace), then I get to work on making my story pretty. It's pretty ugly right now, but I think it definitely has potential. And then I can say that I have written a REAL book. Yay!

Despite my lack of crossing the NaNoWriMo finish line, I think that it has been a great thing. I wouldn't have written a book or gotten nearly as far into it as I have if it wasn't for this idea. I recommend anyone who is thinking about writing a book to try it out next year.