I finally finished my NaNoWriMo challenge on 4 December.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an international challenge to write 50,000 words in November.
Knowing that I would find that difficult to achieve, I set myself a goal of adding 18,000 words to an existing manuscript that will hopefully turn into book four.
22 November – day 25
Goal: 539 words Achieved: 564 words Total: 12,625
Intended to get up early to write before work but ignored the alarm and went back to sleep! Managed 564 words quite easily after dinner. A new plot line so very sketchy and will need fleshing out.
23 November – day 26
Goal: 475 words Achieved: 414 words Total: 13,039
I went to a café on the way to work this morning and wrote 414 words by hand. I also made a lot of notes about one of my characters (a local MP) and her backstory. I really like this character and although she is no longer a POV character, I think I will want to use her again in another novel further down the line.
24 November – day 27
Goal: 961 words Achieved: 1,529 words Total: 14,568
Another virtual write-in with my writing group this afternoon. We meet over Zoom, chat about writing for a bit and then do some focussed writing, checking in every 90 minutes or so to cheer each other on.
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Session one – merrily typing away when I came to a section that was basically a long rant and no longer relevant to the plot. Had to delete about 500 words which put me right back to the beginning again so only managed to add 119 words. ☹
4.15pm – 4.45pm
Session two – Added another 315 words. Definitely taking one step forward and two steps back at the moment and deleting a lot of words as I go along.
7.30pm – 8pm
Session three – lifted another chapter from the first draft, adding another 1,095 words. Needs some tidying up though.
25 November – day 28
Goal: 532 words Achieved: 572 words Total: 15,140 words
Day off. A productive day with a chat with my agent this morning and lots of stuff done on the new house but unfortunately not many words written. Eventually I forced myself to write in the evening and managed 572 words – a new chapter towards the end of the book.
26 November – day 29
Goal: 360 words Achieved: 819 words Total: 15,959 words
Planned out the chapter by hand at lunchtime then wrote up my notes while cooking dinner. Had to delete some of the words I wrote yesterday but added another 379 words in about half an hour.
After tea I took some more words from my first draft and copied and pasted them into the manuscript, adding another easy 440 words. Happy days! Just over 2,000 words to do now before the end of November.
27 November – day 30
Goal: 541 words Achieved: 0 Total: 15,959 words
Horrendous night and day thanks to Storm Arwen which cut off our power. No words written as I tried to sort out the house and heating, etc.
28 November – day 31
Goal: 0 words Achieved: 0 Total: 15,959 words
Family day, no words planned. At this rate, I am not going to hit my target. Another bad day weather-wise and ended up staying with relatives instead of going home so no words written again.
29 November – day 32
Goal: 541 words Achieved: 896 words Total: 16,855 words
Moved across the final bit of text from the first draft and by doing so, built up the word count by 896 words. The last half of the book still needs a lot of editing.
30 November – last day of NaNoWriMo!
Goal: 1,145 words Achieved: 0 Total: 16,855 words
I don’t think I am going to achieve this goal and hit 18,000 words but I’m going to try!
Goal: 1,145 words Achieved: 1,151 words Total: 18,006 words
I finally hit my target on Saturday, 4 December, finishing the challenge with 1,151 words.
The manuscript now stands at 60,006 words. I don’t think I am going to have much chance to work on this again until April, as I will be working on book three.
It definitely worked for me to set a smaller target than the suggested 50,000 words and I enjoyed tracking my progress on the website.
Did you do NaNoWriMo this year? How did you get on?