My NaNoWriMo Experience


Hi Everybody! On November 1, I wrote a headline wondering if I could write a book in a month.

Well, the answer is, No!

NaNoWriMo is over and I only wrote 33,887 words. NaNo’s requirement was 50,000. I could have pretended to be a college student and taken NoDoze; drank endless cups of coffee and stayed up all night; but noooo!—I chose to go to bed like the adult that I am during the last week of November.

I wanted to be a winner, I swear I did. I even thought about writing gibberish, not correcting obvious errors, and letting nonsensical sentences slide, but my talent wouldn’t allow me do it. That would’ve been cheating!

Truthfully, a lot of things were going on this month that robbed me of writing time, Thanksgiving week not withstanding. These time drains were unusual and I don’t expect them to crop up next November when I will take on NaNo again. Thirty-three thousand words ain’t too shabby, and that was more writing than I’ve ever done in a month. I’m even considering carving out other months in 2018 to aim for  20,000, 30,000, and 50,000 word counts.

Congratulations to all of you who reached the goal. I salute you!. Having tried and failed, I know that you guys exemplify what it takes. See you again next year, NaNo!

P.S. I promise not to wear my t-shirt until I actually earn the right (write)!

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13 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo Experience

  1. Hey, almost 34K in a single month is nothing to sneeze at, Linda.I would be very proud of that outcome if I were you. I’ve done NaNo 3 times and only “won” once, during first outing.The other two times I failed miserably but that isn’t going to stop me from trying again or from imposing my own NaNo deadlines throughout the year. NaNo is something every writer should experience. It makes us all stronger for the experience.

    Congrats on taking on the challenge and finding your own success!

    1. I agree with you, Mae. It strengthened my resolve to “just do it” each day. I may go back and edit out some of it, but I got it done. Thanks for the support. Maybe I’ll do better next year!😁

  2. Congrats on the 34K, rounded up. That’s a great accomplishment and a lot better than what I did. I wrote over 50K in 2016, but I only wrote 26K, rounded up, this year. I met the 26K a little after the halfway point, so I was already behind. Then something odd happened, my novel took an unforeseen turn that left me wondering where to go next. One of my main characters was killed and I’d planned to have her/him in until the end, but my story had a different idea.

    I can turn off the internal editor, write junk (not on purpose), etc. It’s not cheating because it’s the first draft and pretty much expected. I can also write 2K or more a day if I wrote every day. That’s my main problem, making myself write every day. I work a full time job during the day, and after dinner some nights, I fall asleep, planning just a nap that ends up lasting until morning.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Kim! I wasn’t working; and I probably wrote a lot of junk, too (also not on purpose).😁 Then, stuff started happening around me and I loss one day, then another and another … LOL! I bet you felt great last year. You did really well this year, too.

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