NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

writing frenzyNovember is over. NaNoWriMo is over. Many in my group of writer friends were very productive and won the 50K challenge. I’m very happy for them. Very happy, indeed. From the overviews I’ve heard of their pieces there will be some really great novels coming out of Ottawa in the next year…after the re-writes are completed, of course. And how did I do, you ask? Well, let me tell you. I managed to pump out 16,000 words which, does not win me the NaNoWriMo t-shirt but it did gain me something much more useful.

Originally, I aimed to write 500 words a day and, if you divide 16,000 by 30, that’s about what you get. From the beginning of the month to just past the middle of the month, I was pumping out exactly 500 words a day. Then things came up and I missed a few days of writing. Panic set in when I realized that I had to catch up. So I pump out 1000 words, then 1500 words.  After writing 1500 words in a mere hour and 20 minutes (it used to take me about 3 hours to write 1200 words) I came to a very important realization. The more I write, the faster I can write. Funny how that works!

This is really what NaNoWriMo is about. It is about building confidence, promoting a writing routine, and inspiring writers to push themselves to write more. I think it’s a wonderful exercise. My story is now at almost 35,000 words. According to the NaNo graph, if I keep at my current pace I should have my first draft done around the middle of January. Given that the Christmas season is coming up, I know that my writing will slow down a bit but I can pick it up again once January rolls around. I’m excited about the direction my story has taken but I also know I have a lot of work ahead of me in the re-write.

But that’s okay! One thing at a time. Onward and upwards!

Happy 1st of December everyone! 🙂

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