I Won! (NaNoWriMo 2017)

First well done to all those writers who have already finished this year’s NaNo and good luck to those who are still writing away.

I completed the challenge on 24th November 2017, which is by far and away my best NaNoWriMo effort ever.  But that doesn’t mean that the novel I’m writing is complete.  Nope.  I’m guessing I’m still around 20,000 – 30,000 words off finishing my first draft, but I thought that after writing over 50,000 words in 24 days I had earned a few days away from the computer.

So that break is now over and my next task is to take a look at what I’ve written so far and find out what I still need to say.  I have an idea that most of those remaining words come from the middle of the book, with the rest required to tidy up the end chapters.  At this stage, I’m happy with the opening chapters / Act One.  My aim is to add around another 5,000 – 6,000 words to my NaNo total by the end of November, and then hopefully have the first draft completed by the end of the year.

All-in-all, I’m pleased with what I have written and what I have learned about my writing process.  It seems targeted writing sprints were my best weapon in my writing arsenal, especially on days when time was short.  I’m even finding I am using them for other projects too as a way to boost my productivity and sharpen my concentration.  Also having an good outline kept me focused.

With the 50,000 word target achieved, the pressure’s now off, so I’ll have a bit more time to spend catching up on all the amazing blog posts I’ve missed in my absence, especially responses written for the Weekend Writing Prompt.  I’ve tried my hardest to keep on top of it, but alas, I just couldn’t manage it.

If you participated in NaNoWriMo this year, how have you found it (so far)?

5 thoughts on “I Won! (NaNoWriMo 2017)

  1. I can’t remember how many times I’ve congratulated you so far, but congratulations again, Sammi! Woo hoo, we did it! I’m happy to hear that you sound happy with what you’ve written so far. It sounds like you don’t have a lot left to do before getting to a full first draft, good for you! I got past 50K on Nov 23, and then kept going to finish off the last few chapters, stopping on Nov 25 at just over 60K. It felt like such luxury, having the whole next day (a Sunday) off to do other projects! I haven’t read the whole thing through yet, but I know I need at least some revising to get to first draft stage, and even that is what I’m calling a “skeleton” draft — just the bare-bones story, no description and almost no world-building. But that’s fine, as I’ll have plenty of words left to add those in before getting to my ideal 80-100K length.

    I’m happy for you that sprinting helped you. I’m awful at sprinting, myself, and have often worried that that means I can’t succeed as a writer. But recently I’ve started to realize that maybe I just have other strengths. In fact, I’m thinking of writing a blog post about that…

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    • Thank you, Joy! And congratulations to you too! How did you manage to write over 50,000 words in fewer days than me *and* still have ten days off in the middle!? It’s magic! It must be! And I want the spell 🙂

      Exactly – we all have different strengths when it comes to writing, making our writing process unique and personal to us. The blog post sounds like a great idea. I was thinking of writing one about how I made the writing sprint work for me this time round because I have failed miserably at them in the past. I only gave it a try a few weeks ago because I was running out of time that day to get any writing done at all, let alone trying to hit my goal!

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      • I would love to see you post in more detail about how you make the sprints work for you. Just because I haven’t made them work for me yet doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to have them in my repertoire. And the answer to how I managed was that I blew off *everything* else for the days that I was writing. I got to 50,000 in 12 days of writing, and go 60,000 three days later, but on most of the days that I wrote, I spent all day on it. So I wasn’t writing a ton of words per hour, but I was working 5-8 hours a day writing (not counting thinking about writing while I was walking, eating, playing with my cat, etc.).

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