We’re nearing the end of NaNoWriMo with just three days to go! We wanted to know, what’s the plan for your story? Will you keep writing into December? Are you happy with how NaNo went this year?
Mark – 37,151. “With more than 12,000 words to write over the next three days, I look back at how I was able to pull that off on the very last day last year and am confident I’ll be able to make it happen, ideally, by the 29th (fingers crossed) – once I hit 50,000 I most certainly won’t be done, as the book is looking like it’ll be closer to the 70,000 to 80,000 range, as a shorter novel. I’m pleased with the fact I was able to make more time this year earlier in the month (rather thanhave to cram it all in after 10 days of absolutely no productivity in 2014), and also happy with the story and the interesting characters that I was able to unroll and discover while in the process of writing.”
Chrissy – 27,500. “I plan to keep writing this story – I really hope I can remain inspired by the NaNo creed to set aside time to do something creative every day. I feel like I’m just now gaining momentum with it and think I will see it through to the end. I’m very proud of getting this far this year!
Denar – Around 6,000. – “I will keep writing from now on. It was my first time writing in my life. I had a great experience, flexing new muscles.”
Wendy – 5,400. “Will I keep writing? This time yes, I really want to finish this story. I’m hoping to make good use of my Christmas holidays. Am I happy with how NaNo went? No, because I did a lot better last year, but I’m happy I tried again.”
Sophie – 6,100. – “I reached 6,100 words, which is 6,100 words I didn’t have at the beginning of November. I’m definitely going to keep writing into December (and January…) until this book is done.
Bessie – 2,757. – “I really ran out of steam, just like last year. I did finish my book in December last year though, so hopefully I do the same this year. I like the story so far so I’m eager to see it through to the end. I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t keep my daily writing streak up, but I know that I wouldn’t have written much – if anything – if I wasn’t participating, so I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.
Sean – Around 2,000. – “I sort of got busy with other things and only completed 2,000 words which is a bit pathetic, but I do plan on revisiting the novel later when I have more time. Probably over the holidays in December. I would have liked to work more on the project, but feel this was still a good experience as I got writing, I now realize how difficult it is to write a novel and am sure I will do better next time.”
How did your NaNoWriMo go? Did you hit the 50,000 word mark? What did you learn?
We were talking about this yesterday. Unlike the others, I’ve never taken part in the organized writing orgy, but we all agreed: apart from December, November has to be the worst month for trying to draft a novel. Too many other things intrude on the itinerary. How about January or March instead? Both have 31 days, too.
By the way, I’m expecting to need that much time for the next round of revisions on my newest novel.
But it’s 30 days of writing. November has 30 days, though an extra day would be nice.
I think the original idea was that it’s a month of poor weather and that it’s good to use for writing but I think any NaNo writers would agree and take the extra day!
I finished with 6 hours left of the day to spare. First time doing NaNoWriMo and it was a great experience. I will try again next year.
I finished at just over 50 K on the 16th of November and went above my daily word count goal every day. This is the third time I participated in and won NaNoWriMo. I have also won 4 Camp NaNoWriMo events. I kept writing til the end and am at 54.208 words. I have started editing my novel. All in all this is my 7th. My aim is to participate every year.
That’s amazing! Well done!
LOL – writing this comment has been harder than NaNoWriMo was for me… I had it all written and poof gone when I went to get an avatar… Ah well there ya go… and that is my friends the life of a writer – just keep writing even if what you just wrote completely disappears! First year doing this I finished with over 60k and 3 books in the works. Found out I AM a WRITER! I just can’t be writing only one thing at a time, it helps me to have a bounce over book… or two — one of the books is simply Morning Muses with Cyndilu – where I get to write anything including a mind dump. I did this to be sure I was writing everyday (ok nearly every day) and it worked. I must thank NaNoWriMo for awakening the writer within me! I will be forever writing now and feel freed up to just write! Thanks so much for your support kobo!
40000 and ran out of time. .One thing I learned this year is to have a more definite plan- figured out right to the ending. I love the challenge of nanowrimo and each year it gives me a project to work on in January. I work on two or three books at a time. Instead of being disappointed in my performance I am excited that each piece of writing I do has a larger word count that the one before. One thing I learned but didn’t do this time was write in scenes and then link the scenes into a story. Ten short scenes of 1000 words is 10,000 and can be written in a short period of time. The suggest amount is 1600 words a day so next year I am going to follow that. It will be interesting to see what happens. Happy writing to one and all!
That’s a really good idea Judy, thanks for sharing!