National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): Sneaking in the Word Count
I had a lot going on this November. While all my activities did reduce my noveling time, that is okay. Sometimes, living life is just more important than writing!
I originally set my goal at 20K words, because I had so much going on last month! I’m happy to say, even though I was a Busy Lizzie, I managed to sneak in an extra 15K words over my expectations. Booyah!
Here are all the crazy things I did this November on top of writing 35,000 words for NaNoWriMo:
Finished My Copyediting Certificate from UC San Diego
I completed Copyediting 3, arguably the most grueling advanced editing class. I spent every Saturday night in October and November doing 5–6 hours of homework. Sometimes Sunday morning was sacrificed too.
You can learn more about the copyediting program at the UC San Diego website. I will write an in-depth blog about it in the future!
Not only did I receive an A in my final class, but my certificate is now complete. I’m a real editor!
Submitted One Poem or Story a Week for Publication
I joined a new writer’s group on Scribophile called Literary Liaisons. The rule is simple: submit one creative writing piece a week or get kicked out of the group. So far, I haven’t missed a deadline!
Volunteered as an ML for NaNoWriMo in the California: Elsewhere Region
On top of writing my own novel, I spent months prepping for the event with other volunteers in the California: Elsewhere region. Sure, that ate into my noveling time, but I was helping other people write their novels! So that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
I also organized some fabulous write-ins and parties in Nevada City during November. You can check out our local group on our NaNoWriMo Nevada City Facebook page. Big shout out to Alicia Frost for covering our last two write-ins, because…
I Visited My Amazing Family in Philadelphia
By the end of October, I got hit with some serious homesick blues. I decided to visit my family back East, and I’m so glad I did. I made it home in time for my little sister’s 15th birthday and got to spend Thanksgiving with the people I love.
…I also got dragged to the King of Prussia Mall—one of the biggest uber malls in the country—on Thanksgiving night by my little sisters. But I’ll forgive them.
As a bonus, I managed to write 2,000ish words on an Amtrack to New York and 8,000 words on my looooong plane ride home. How’s that for sneaky?
What Went Down During NaNoWriMo: Final Stats
I crushed my word count in 2017!
Here’s what I set out to accomplish:
- My mission: to type up my handwritten manuscript and to write an ending to my novel
- My goal: hit 20,000 words while staving off insanity
I exceeded my expectations:
- Amount of handwritten material typed: about 23,000 words
- New material for ending: 12,000 words
- Wrote 35K words total
Is the ending finished? No. I still have a bit more to go—maybe another 10 or 15 thousand words. But I’m a lot closer than when I started!
Am I finished typing my handwritten manuscript? Nope. I have a ton more to type! But I did get through one of my notebooks!
What’s Next: More Writing!
Picture from our local write-in (I’m on the right, my friend Amy is on the left). I think this is the end of a word sprint. T-rex hands everyone! Photo credit: Alicia Frost
NaNoWriMo lit a fire under my desk chair. This December, I plan to write the end to my novel and finish typing the rough draft.
Our Thank Gosh It’s Over Party is this weekend, so I may post a clip of me reading an excerpt from my novel. So stay tuned!
How Did Your NaNoWriMo Go?
Did you manage to write 50,000 words in one month? If so, my hat is off to you! Tell me about your novel adventures in the comment section below.