The End of the Beginning – November 30, 2018

So, friends, last week I promised you all that I wouldn’t bug you about my silly “writing experiment” for at least another week.

Well, a week has passed, and I’m sure you’re all chomping at your respective bits, waiting to hear how I’ve been faring.

Don’t lie, I know you have.

As you may recall, I did end up “Winning” NaNo by hitting my 50,000 word goal last Thursday, so yay for me.

I then made a solemn promise to both myself and to you, that I would continue to pursue my goal of writing a novel, even though I no longer had to worry about the NaNo deadline.

Well, here’s the update.

While I did take a few days to celebrate my win (probably celebrated a bit too much, but what can you do), I did manage to keep my promise and continued to write every day since.

The first few days after winning NaNo, I’ll admit, my word count wasn’t stellar. I was a bit burnt out, and it showed in my writing output, but by the time the weekend was over, I did make an effort to try and make up for time lost.

Since this past Monday, I’ve consistently written at least 1667 words a day. Less than my previous average of 2000+ words/day, but still a great effort.

Today, November 30th, marks the official end of NaNoWriMo, and in the 30 days allotted, I’ve written a total of 61,269 words.

In case you don’t want to bother doing the math, that means I’ve written 11,269 more words than I needed to to complete this challenge.

Again, yay me.

So, second achievement unlocked 

I figure I still have about 35 – 40,000 words to go before this story is finished, but now that I’m way past the half-way point, I have quite a bit of incentive to keep going and finish the fucking thing.

So, what now?

Well, I’m going to slow things down a bit. 2000+ words a day is a lot, and while it may be sustainable, I do want to have some time to do other things (I’m way behind on my shows  ), so I’m going to scale my word count back a bit.

I’m going to commit to writing at least 1000 words a day, which I think is not only a reasonable goal, but considering the amount I’ve been writing for the past couple of months, easily accomplished.

Since starting this project back in late September, I’ve written nearly 120,000 words specifically related to this challenge, so another 31,000 in 31 days shouldn’t be a problem.

I’m hoping to have this story finished early in the new year, and then put it away for a while to, as I’ve said, let it ferment.

One thing I did discover – there’s another really cool writing related challenge that I’ve decided to participate in… NaNoEdMo!!!

National Novel EDITING Month is in March!!! Hopefully I’ll be ready to edit this bitch by then.

So, dear friends, that’s the skinny on my pursuit to becoming a “real” writer. Thanks for reading this if you actually bothered to make it this far.

I might post another update in a week or two, just to let you know how I’m doing, as if you’d care 


Total Novel Word Count for NaNo 2018 – 61,269

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