It is already the 18th of November, meaning NaNoWriMo is well underway. I have been particpating in NaNoWriMo since 2017, and would you like to know how many times I’ve won?
“Winning” is challenging: writers need to reach a word count of 50,000 words over just 30 days. That is an average of 1667 words per day. I’ll never understand how people do it.
In 2017, I wrote 21,357 words. This was my best year, despite the drama. Towards the end I ended up losing the entire word document of my writing (remember to back up your work!). In 2018, I was writing a thesis so I couldn’t really do NaNoWriMo for real, but I did manage 18,854 words. In 2019, I only wrote 1,435 words. Oops. I can’t even remember why.
This year, with COVID-19 and everything, I have a lot of free time to write. I work from home, and usually still have the energy to write, though sometimes it is hard because my job involves writing/editing.
I am working on the same WIP as last year. It is a two-book series. Pre-October I hardly wrote anything, but since October I have been writing everyday so that I get it done this year. I think it is achievable – I have about 30,000–40,000 words left.
My daily average over 17 days has been 1122 words, which I am really happy with. The total is currently 19,083 words. I’ve already written more words that I wrote in October (16,738). I should be set to pass my 2017 NaNo record!
Though, I definitely still won’t “win” this year. I’m more than 10,000 words behind.
Can I spend some time giving some love to my WIP? I finished the first book in October, and spent a couple weeks editing/rewriting. Though it’s far from perfect, it feels great knowing that I have finished a project. As soon as I finish the second book, I am going back to the first to edit it many more times.
I don’t think it’s strange to love your own book – the challenge is getting readers to love. So, while it doesn’t mean much that I enjoy it, it is nice having created something that I have finally finished. I have been working on it since mid-2018 – I completely rewrote the first 20,000 words a couple months later, and have since rewritten many scenes. I am currently in the process of rewriting the ending of the second book because I don’t like it.
I update much more regularly on Twitter! I have been spamming my account with NaNoWriMo tweets, but that is the point, right?
I should probably get back to my WIP. I’ve written 0 words today!