It is now two days after NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. One should probably say the International Novel Writing Month, but that’s neither here nor there. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I like to take part in NaNoWriMo, largely because it’s work that I need to get done in any case. And well, the gamification does just work for me.
This year was the first time I was working on a new novel in a long while. The work itself is still ongoing. The book is going to end up being somewhere between 80.000 and 100.000 words, and I just cannot write that much in one month. At least while still working a day job. But I did get a good chunk of it written during NaNoWriMo, so that is a definite result.
How did I do?
All things considered, I think I did pretty well. Early in the month, I fell behind by quite a bit. I was behind by two day’s work by the 10th (3000+ words). And there I remained for most of the rest of the month, despite Herculean efforts to move from there. I got to 2000 something behind and then next thing I knew, I was suddenly back down to 5000 behind. The sun especially was not my friend this month. Of course, this is true every November. Writing this I cannot remember actually seeing the sun but for the last day, so November was a SAD month.
By the 25th it was time to admit that I was not going to make it to 50 000 and adjust my expectations down. Since I’m pretty sure this book is going to wind up at about 80 000 words in the first draft, I opted for reaching the halfway point, aka 40 000 words.
I finished at 40 201 words. Story-wise that’s also pretty much exactly the midpoint for the book.
Do I wish I had been able to get to 50k? Of course! But all in all, I am pretty pleased with how this NaNoWriMo went. This book is a good way into being the first draft and given that I only started planning it just over a week before NaNoWriMo started, I’m honestly a little flabbergasted about just how fast this is going, given that it took me like 8 years to finish the real first draft of Cold Burn Goodbye.
Did you do NaNoWriMo? How did you do?