I did it! I won Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) for the second year in a row! I reached the 50,000 word goal on November 21, 2016. However, I finished the actual story on Saturday, November 26th with a final total of 58,547 words. I participated in three Nano sprints this year. They were my first three ever.
This year, I made it a goal to write 2000 or more words a day to meet the 50,000 word goal by the end of November. With my daily word goal working for me, I wound up giving myself a little more time to do some plot development during my writing process.
I came into this Nano without too many notes and I let the story create itself. However, I did have some challenges concerning how to end my story. I planned on making this novel the last one in my “The Way” trilogy. So, I had to wrap up some storylines I had started in either The Hard Way or The Bully’s Way. And I wanted to end The Street’s Way at a point that would make sense within its story line. One of the Nano sprints I participated in helped me focus on just writing the end of the story and helped me come up with my perfect ending. Once I got that figured out, my next struggle was trying to fill the story in from the point I stopped writing to where I wanted it to end. You know what I ended up doing? I wrote it backwards from the end of the story to the point in the story I had left off. It was a different way for me to approach it, but it worked.
Now I have a draft in hand that I can edit when I’m ready. Next month I’ll be getting back into editing The Hard Way and get that one ready to publish. My goal is to publish it on April 15, 2017. It will definitely take some work, but I think it can be done.
What did I learn through this year’s Nano?
- That my process of a 2000 word per day goal made the whole thing a little less stressful. It gave me a chance to develop the plot which ultimately gave me more to write about.
- That I can pick a point in the story and work backwards to get it written. I know I never tried to do that before, but it seemed to work for me this time. Another tool to put in my writing toolkit.
- I enjoy the process of writing for NaNoWriMo. The challenge of it really excites me and the fact that I have an actual full draft of my third novel at the end is something to be proud of.
I’ve seen that Nanowrimo isn’t for everyone. To me, you win if just try. All of the work that you put into it, leads to a reward at the end of the month. Either a full or partial draft of your next project.The whole idea behind Nano is that at the end of the month, you have more words written than you did at the beginning of the month. Writing 50,000 words is a great thing to try if you like a writing challenge.
It is time for me to put the writing on the shelf for a bit and do some reading. Be sure to look for a book review on the blog next week!