Happy last day of November! If you participated in NaNoWriMo, I hope you hit your word goal.
I, for one, am glad it’s over. NaNoWriMo was harder than I imagined it would be. 50,000 words in a month is tough. I did the math before signing up and figured 1,667 words a day – the number needed in order to reach your goal – was do-able. Well, it is, but if you fall behind even one day, you are stuck playing catch-up. And let’s face it: there will be days where you are unable to write 1,667 words. Life gets in the way, especially when you have a full-time job and a hundred other daily responsibilities, like cooking and showering and sleeping. Suddenly, you find yourself needing to write 2,100 words a day to get back on track, and that creates a lot of pressure. Four of us signed on at work. I’m the only one who successfully finished. I don’t blame the others, though. Maybe they’re the sane ones?
I basically devoted every spare moment I had over the past month to writing. Even when I didn’t feel like it, I did it. And yet, I still fell behind, and found myself scrambling the last two weeks. The long holiday weekend saved me. There were slow periods at work where I was able to knock out a few hundred words. As soon as I got home, I fired up my laptop. Weekends, in between errands, I focused on my novel. With that deadline looming constantly over my head, I had very little time to relax and have fun. I feel fortunate, at least, that I never suffered from writer’s block or ended up getting hung up on the plot. When I wrote, the words flowed. Research slowed me down more than anything else. So, yeah: great accomplishment and it was very inspiring and motivational, but I am mentally exhausted. Do I really want to put myself through this again? I’m sure in 11 months I’ll be all fired up again, but I reserve the right not to be.
I kind of wish NaNoWriMo took place in a different month. One with 31 days, for starters. That alone would reduce your burden by 54 words a day. And preferably a month without a big holiday that required your attention. I think March would be perfect. Maybe we can circulate a petition?
As for the book, 50K words doesn’t even bring me close to the end. According to Dr. Google, most novels clock in at 80,000 – 89,000 words on average, and that feels about right. Here’s an interesting link showing the word counts of popular works of fiction. I probably have another 1/3 of my novel to go yet. But NaNoWriMo was instrumental in providing me with the motivation needed to pick it up again, wipe off the dust, and plunge back into the story. Honestly, if I had never signed up, I probably wouldn’t have ever gotten back around to working on Dream Sailors again. It’s too hard to find excuses not to write; NaNoWriMo provided me with the exact lift I needed and got me back into the habit of writing. It helped me rediscover the joy of creating fiction, and for that I will be forever grateful. I love how the story has unfolded and can’t wait to finish. I’m estimating that will happen in January(ish). Then comes the editing, which will take several more months, if the past is any indication. I figure I might be a year away from publication yet, but I will get there. Mark my words.
I have also really enjoyed the daily blog updates. They have been very helpful in keeping me motivated, as well, and have done wonders to hold me accountable. Life is busy and my blog has sort of fallen by the wayside this past year; I’ll make an effort to update more often moving forward.
So…that’s it! I’ll continue to keep you posted on my novel progress as I go along.
Just not every day!
Word Count Today: 622.
Total FINAL Word Count: 51,023.
15 thoughts on “NNWM/30: Final Words”
Congrats on the word count and best of luck getting the last 1/3 of the draft finished!
Thank you! 🙂
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Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. I totally agree it needs to be another month. I hear campnano in April was designed for likeminded people, but it does lose a bit of sparkle knowing it’s the watered down version.
April is my birthday month and also only 30 days. It simply won’t work for me.
Every time I stub my toe again I can spit out at least 50 words(of a particular genre) in about 10 seconds !
How many rhyme with “duck”?
Congrats, Mark! You did better than I. I didn’t even make it 1/2 way to 50K, but I did sort out some issues with this one, so I’m still happy with it. Write on, my friend! Don’t lose your momentum now.
“Sorting out issues” should count for at least 10K words, Pamela. Go ahead and give yourself a reward. I thoroughly approve.
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Way to go, Mark!
And ‘Gone With the Wind’ is almost twice as long as ‘Crime and Punishment’? Who knew?
Some of those surprised me, too. “Catcher In The Rye” was actually longer than I’d always remembered it being.
“FINAL Word Count: 51,023.”
Congratulations and applause, Mark! Not only did you accomplish it, but you went 1,023 OVER!
And hey, I love the award graphic, very cool!
Wishing you continued success with your novel, buddy!
Thanks so much, Ron! I appreciate your applause. Can I get a bow, too? If it’s not too much to ask?
Congrats! I have attemped NaNo a handful of times and won a couple. I don’t think this time will be a win but the month isn’t over yet.
Good for you! I am not attempting it this year because I’m still in the process of editing last year’s novel. But I’m thinking about doing it again next year.