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)?