NaNoWriMo 2017 Wrap-Up

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?

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Survival Kit

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Let’s face it; NaNoWriMo is a slog. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. But every participant has their own little ways of keeping the month somewhat bearable in what are known as survival kits.

Each year, my survival kit has sort of stayed the same, with a few additions added along the way. Now in my fourth consecutive year, I feel like I’ve got my survival kit sorted.

So here I am, sharing with you what’s in my kit!

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NaNoWriMo 2017

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Yep, it’s coming up to that time of year again: NaNoWriMo.

For the uninitiated among you, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual event where writers all over the world attempt to 50k words in 30 days. That equates to about 1667 words per day. The idea is that on the 1st of November, you start writing an entirely new novel, but you can be a rebel by continuing an old project or writing something other than a novel. It’s a great community which is so supportive and the forums are really useful, with people asking questions that I didn’t even realise I needed to ask for my own novel. There’s also the added bonus that you can earn badges along the way – a great motivator for me!

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Writing Tag

I originally saw this Writing Tag on Kim Chance’s Youtube channel, and even though I wasn’t tagged in it, I really liked the questions. Since I don’t vlog, I thought I would blog it instead. If you’ve followed my blog for a little while, you would know that I also enjoy writing in my spare time and take part in both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m currently polishing up my manuscript in the hope of going down the traditional publishing route.

If you haven’t checked out Kim’s videos and you are a writer, I would suggest you do so right now. She gives writing advice as well as an insight into the querying/submission process, which is really handy if you’re considering traditional publishing. Her debut novel, Keeper, is out early next year – I’ve already added it on Goodreads!

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Post NaNoWriMo 2016

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I’ve only gone and done it!

This was my third year of entering NaNoWriMo, and having won it the previous two years, I’d been hoping to make this year a hat trick. Yes, I managed to do it, validating my win on 27th November. I still kept writing and updating my word count for the rest of November and my final total came in at just over 55k words – better than last year but not as good as my first year.

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