Well, I don’t know where that month went! Admittedly, I thought that the first week dragged, especially to get back into the habit of writing daily. But after that, the days whizzed by.
My NaNo project this year was a re-write of my 2014 novel (and the first novel I wrote for NaNo), which I hope to get published in the future. To be honest, doing a re-write made it a bit easier since the bulk of the planning was done, although there were some bits that needed changing, so I did have to plan those parts. However, because it was a re-write, I was taking my time a bit more as I considered my word choice more carefully and wasn’t writing with gleeful abandon like I had in previous years.
I did win, making this my fourth win in as many years. Not only did I manage to hit the regular 50,000 word goal a week before the deadline, but I also managed to reach my personal goal of 60,000 words! I also achieved the 30 days writing badge, which was a miracle considering I had some busy days during November involving birthdays and work training. Although I didn’t hit the daily targets of the reverse NaNo approach until towards the end of the month, I did manage to keep ahead of the 1667 prescribed words.
I am so glad that I decided to completely re-write as I feel that my novel is better for it and I’ve had a couple of break throughs with the story. Looking at the story so closely has also highlighted some utterly glaring errors that I missed on my previous edits. I don’t know why I didn’t do it in the first place!
While I have written (to date) 68,000 words, there is still about 20,000 words left until I’ve finished the re-write. After which, it will probably need a couple of rounds of quick edits before I can start querying – so fingers crossed!
Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did you get on?