NaNoWriMo 2016 – Wrap-Up: I Won!

It happened. I’m finished. NaNoWriMo is over and I WON. I don’t understand how I was able to write 50,000 words in a month—not to mention 13,000 in a DAY—but I’m incredibly proud of myself for actually accomplishing this insane challenge.

The final four days, I knew I had a lot to write, and each day I didn’t write what I need to, I figured I’d be done. I’d never win it. But on that final day—the day after I dropped my laptop on a tiled floor (long story, it’s fine, I cried a lot)—I was determined. I had the day off, I stopped only to use the bathroom and eat and walk around my yard screaming at trees, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. By the end, after writing 13,379 words, my hands were cramping, my eyeballs were raisins, and I cried for twenty minutes afterward out of excitement and relief to be able to finally stop.

The most I’ve ever written in a day is 6,000ish words. Now I can say 13,300. That’s insane. I’ve never written 50,000 words in a month either. And now I can say that I have.

Now, the novel is far from done—maybe three quarters or a third done—and obviously a first draft, so not very good, but the point is that I did it. And because I’m still digging the story, I’ll be finishing it until the full draft is complete—sometime later, at a slower pace.

Words Written:
November 27th 243
November 28th 6,090
November 29th 2,100
November 30th 13,379 (!!!)

Total Weekly Words: 21,812
Final Total: 50,027
Where I Should Be: 50,000

MY WHOLE NANOWRIMO MONTH:
November 1st
2,247 (2,247)
November 2nd 0 (2,247)
November 3rd 520 (2,767)
November 4th 1,862 (4.629)
November 5th 2,479 (7,108)
November 6th 0 (7,108)
November 7th 0 (7,108)
November 8th 0 (7,108)
November 9th 0 (7,108)
November 10th 1,059 (8,167)
November 11th 1,898 (10,065)
November 12th 84 (10,149)
November 13th 296 (10,445)
November 14th 1,828 (12,273)
November 15th 359 (12,632)
November 16th 2.083 (14,715)
November 17th 702 (15,417)
November 18th 1,704 (17,121)
November 19th 1,729 (18,850)
November 20th 0 (18,850)
November 21st 1,703 (20.553)
November 22nd 314 (20,867)
November 23rd 1,780 (22,647)
November 24th 532 (23,179)
November 25th 1,258 (24,437)
November 26th 3,778 (28,215)
November 27th 243 (28,458)
November 28th 6,090 (34,548)
November 29th 2,100 (36,648)
November 30th 13,379 (50,027)

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NaNoWriMo 2016 – Update #4

Last week I said if I could get to 40,000 by the 26th, I’d be in the clear. Well. I didn’t do that. I’m 12,000 shy of that. But! I still have faith! I’m still going! On the 26th, I wrote the most I have all month with 3,778 words. So I know that I can do it, I just have to focus all my time on writing on the last few days where I can write. I’ve written 6,000 words in a day before, so if I can just knock out the last few days, I can still win this!

I’m still optimistic even though I’m only just passed the halfway mark! I can do this! I can do this! I can do this! (I probably won’t.)

Words Written:
November 20th 0
November 21st 1,703
November 22nd 314
November 23rd 1,780
November 24th 532
November 25th 1,258
November 26th 3,778

Total Weekly Words: 9,365
Running Total: 28,215
Where I Should Be: 43,342

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Update #3

This past week of NaNoWriMo has gone better than last week, but since I’d fallen so far behind last week, I didn’t write as much as I should have. It would have been a short week anyway, but now it’s put me well passed the halfway mark of the month and I’ve yet to reach half the words.

But we move forward! I plan on writing a lot over Thanksgiving weekend, having two whole days off plus two half days. If I can get to 40,000 by the 26th, I know I can cram in 10,000 words in the last few days. I need to focus on writing when I can instead of just in one long session at the end of the day—50 to 100 words here and there will add up on top of that.

Words Written:
November 13th – 296
November 14th – 1,828
November 15th – 359
November 16th – 2.083
November 17th – 702
November 18th – 1,704
November 19th – 1,729

Total Weekly Words: 8,701
Running Total: 18,850
Where I Should Be: 31,673

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Update #2

Yikes. This week sucked for more than one reason. At the start, we cleared out our entire kitchen (all cabinets empty, stacked up on tables and chairs) and cleaned. Then slowly started reorganizing and putting everything away. That’s taken a lot of time and energy on top of a normal work week. So writing stopped there. And then the election happened and my brain hasn’t quite recovered yet. Slowly, by November 10th, it started to return. A bad week, putting me way behind, but that’s okay. I’ve written 10,000 words of a new story that I probably wouldn’t have been able to do without the NaNoWriMo pressure.

We press on! We write more!

Words Written:
November 6th 0
November 7th 0
November 8th 0
November 9th 0
November 10th 1,059
November 11th 1,898
November 12th 84

Total Weekly Words: 3,041
Running Total: 10,149
Where I Should Be: 20,004

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Update #1

First (sort of) week of NaNoWriMo is complete! And I didn’t totally fail yet!

With an easy start to the week, I was able to write a lot on the first day, which brought me about half a day ahead right away. But with a busier mid-week (out of town on the 2nd, working on the 3rd) I wrote almost nothing. Then on Friday, I had some time after working on school assignment and wrote over my daily 1,667, then dominated today and almost caught myself up to the 8,335 I should be at.

As a writer, I’ve been able to write at a pretty consistent 500-1,000 word session on the regular, with my record being 6,000 in a day (maybe I can do that again on a nice long day off this month???). I knew that I could do 1,667 words in a day easily, but having the time to do so is the trick with a busy schedule. So knowing that I would have days with 0 words, I knew I’d have to make it up with higher word counts on days that I could write. Hopefully this strategy will get me to 50,000 by the 30th—so far, I’m not too far behind.

Words Written:

November 1st 2,257
November 2nd 0
November 3rd 520
November 4th 1,862
November 5th 2,479

Total Weekly Words: 7,108
Where I Should Be: 8,335

My novel is about a girl going missing and a town (told from seven perspectives) in search of her, alternating between two timelines: one before she went missing and one after she’s been missing a while and a second event shakes the town once again. So far it’s been going well, the only trick is keeping the timelines straight and making it all work in one coherent story. Outlining all October really helps with that.

Anyway, I’m having a great time with NaNoWriMo and I’m excited it’s going well so far!