NaNoWriMo 2017 – Final Wrap-Up

I DID IT!!!!!!!!

With 40 minutes to spare, I completed my NaNoWriMo 2017 with 50,005 words. I could’ve written more, but I was VERY tired that night after writing over 4,000 words to finish.

This year, I found it was easier than last year! I still struggled and fell behind, but not as much. In 2016, I had to write 13,000 the final day to finish and this year I had to write a third of that. Maybe next year I’ll be finished EARLY? Maybe!

Here’s the breakdown of the month:

Words Written:

November 1st – 2,267
November 2nd – 1,830
November 3rd – 1,530
November 4th – 2,130
November 5th – 1,080
November 6th – 1,670
November 7th – 1,232
November 8th – 1,750
November 9th – 84
November 10th – 1,708
November 11th – 2,330
November 12th – 3,000
November 13th – 1,311
November 14th – 675
November 15th – 0
November 16th – 751
November 17th – 0
November 18th – 3,027
November 19th – 2,019
November 20th – 2,093
November 21st – 1,668
November 22nd – 1,819
November 23rd – 2,336
November 24th – 1,901
November 25th – 2,684
November 26th – 2,450
November 27th – 1,672
November 28th – 0
November 29th – 770
November 30th – 4,219

The first draft of this novel is close to being DONE done. I think a few more thousand should complete the first draft (my first drafts are rarely over 70,000, usually sitting around the 65k mark) and then it’s off to the next project—finishing Book E!

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Week Three

Another tough week! I ended last week with 0 words on the 15th and had only a few hundred the next day and then ANOTHER 0 word day. Not a great start to the week, but I picked it back up and did some strong days of over 2,000 a day. For the week, I stayed the 2,000 or so behind I was last week and added only a few hundred more to my negative words. But that’s not too terrible. I know I’ll be able to pick it back up.

Most of all, I was in a real tough spot in the story and was struggling to get going. But now, I’m in the most exciting parts of the book that I’m real excited about, so I foresee me being able to blast through those words and catch back up in no time—especially with the four days I have off of work coming up for Thanksgiving!

SO TO RECAP THE WEEK,

Words Written:

November 16th – 751
November 17th – 0
November 18th – 3,027
November 19th – 2,019
November 20th – 2,093
November 21st – 1,668
November 22nd – 1,819

Total Weekly Words: 11,377

Where I Should Be: 36,674
Running Total: 33,974
Up/Down By: -2,700

Still in the race, but definitely behind. Hoping this weekend turns out to be really productive!!!

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Week One

The first week of NaNoWriMo 2017 is done and BOY HOWDY AM I DOING GREAT!

Last year, my first week was Not Great and I didn’t even reach the point where I should have been by the seventh day of November. But this year, I’m doing incredibly. I’ve had a few slip-ups where I didn’t quite reach the 1,667 for the day, but I’ve written every single day with at least 1,000 words and wrote the exact 1,667 (or over) for all but three of the days.

That’s really great! I’ve just surpassed where I should be for the first week, so as long as I’m not under, I’m very happy!

Book-wise, I’m loving this story a lot and can’t wait to dive back in each day.

Here’s the first week’s breakdown.

Words Written:

November 1st – 2,267
November 2nd – 1,830
November 3rd – 1,530
November 4th – 2,130
November 5th – 1,080
November 6th – 1,670
November 7th – 1,232

Total Weekly Words: 11,739
Where I Should Be: 11,669

And that’s that! Back to it, then!

TIME TO WRITE MORE MORE MORE!!!

NaNoWriMo 2017!

It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month! This will be my 3rd year participating in attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The first year I attempted was years ago, one of the first years it ran, and I failed miserably. But then last year, I completed the challenge and had so much fun that I decided to do it again this year.

First of all, let’s talk about the book first. I brainstormed and outlined all of October. Thinking back on an idea for a short film I had a few months ago, I fell in love with the idea all over again and liked the idea of making that story into a novel instead. It’s a sci-fi road trip thriller that I’m very much obsessed with. It’s a weird, cool little thing that I can’t wait to start forming into an actual book.

In order to complete the 50,000 words again this year, I’ve come up with a strategy. Because I have three days a week more free than the rest, I want to try to write double the daily word count of 1,667 on those days to bulk up the word count just in case I’m unable to write for a day or two, especially wanting to do this in the first week. I struggled last year with that and ended up having to buckle down and crank out 13,000 words in a single day, going right down to midnight, just to hit 50,000 words. I don’t want to have to do that again, even if it was a little fun!

I’ll be posting once a week, every Wednesday with my progress and will recap at the end — hopefully saying that I completed this fun challenge again!

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)

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!

NaNoWriMo 2016

I first heard of NaNoWriMo a several years ago, possibly while still in high school, and tried writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I failed miserably. But I had a lot of fun. I think I might of tried a few years later, but never got back into doing it. I love the concept and I think it’s really fantastic that so many people write during a single month. There’s something about it that adds a word-and-magic-filled excitement to the air. It makes you want to write, to reach your daily goal, just knowing that thousands of others are doing the same thing.

Because I’ve been struggling with my writing projects lately, I’ve decided that, even though I don’t have any extra time next month, I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo. I’ve been working on the same few projects for the last few years, struggling with both of them, and I just want to have some fun. I want to start a fresh, new project, and just go for it.

I’ve been outlining my novel for the last week in preparation (I’m a planner when it comes to writing) and I’m really liking where it’s going. The book is about a missing teenager and an entire town looking for her. There’s multiple points of view, a dual structure with different timelines (a “before” she went missing and an “after”). I’m really getting excited to start writing it!

So I’ll be busy all of November writing my 1,667 daily words when I can and posting my weekly progress here! 50,000 words. Let’s do this.