Today, I've validated my NaNo WIP and am officially a winner!!
I'm not sure, but I think this is the earliest that I've validated the novel. I've normally validated only on the last day, so this is a pleasant feeling.
This is the first year where I used an outline system, and I think that played a big role into helping me win early. Getting to know the characters in advance, and to have a few chapter beats written out (I didn't plan the whole thing, because as I write, I get to know my characters more and I wanted room to change things) was fun and a game-changer. I'll probably use the same system for the next project/NaNo.
Last line of the WIP:
The secrets deepen and only time will tell the truth.
And of course, the official winner's certificate. By the way, I may have exciting writing-related news up ahead. Stay tuned!