#NaNoWriMo – Week 4

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I am so happy to say: I WON!

Yes, last night at approximately 11:50pm I reached fifty thousand words and won this year’s November writing challenge. Here’s the graph to see my progress:

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My aim was the use the last week and the ten thousand remaining words that I had to flesh out areas of part three of my story that I had glossed over in the linear writing process. This included clarifying extra description, dialogue, ironing our any errors or lump sentences, which I achieved. I also added a prologue and epilogue, just to amp up the mystery element to my story which I felt was lacking as I re-read through.

I found this last week incredibly difficult because I felt as though I had really run out of steam, and pushing myself to write every day when I had little mental energy was incredibly challenging, but I’m so glad I persevered because I can now say I’ve got a first draft of a novel and I won my first ever NaNoWriMo year. Cheers to that!

#NaNoWriMo – Week 3

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We are on the home stretch, WriMos! And what a week it’s been. Let’s look at the stats to see how we did:

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My goal was to reach forty thousand words by the end of this week which I’m happy to say that I achieved. At the end of last week, I got through to the end of part two of my story, and so this week I embarked on writing part three which I also finished.

Although I’ve come to the end of my story, linear speaking, I’ve been aiming to write the bare bones of my story for far, and so have spent the last two or three days going back through my story and fleshing out areas with extra description and characterisation that I skimmed over in my first draft. Once again, this took me up to the end of part two once again, and so for the last week of NaNoWriMo, I’ll look at polishing off part three.

I’m so proud of everyone who has reached their winning stage of NaNoWriMo. Everyone who has been taking part has done so well, but even if you haven’t reached your personal writing goals, know that you wrote more this month than you would have, had you not been participating. In my eyes, everyone is a winner!

#NaNoWriMo – Week 1

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As a NaNoWriMo newbie, the fact I have survived my first week and lived to tell the tale is an accomplishment in itself! But just to give you an idea of what my progress has been like, here are the stats.

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My personal goal has been to try to write two thousand words per day, just because overall I would like to have sixty thousand words at the end of the month than fifty. The reason for this being that my novel is clearly split into three parts and I would like each part to be roughly twenty thousand each. At the moment, my first week took me to the end of part one, which as you can see is around fourteen thousand words, so it’s likely my first draft will take me up to around fifty, with another ten thousand left to elaborate on areas that have not been explored.

I’ve really enjoyed engaging with everyone on twitter using the hashtags and watching YouTube videos on the progress of other participants. Being able to write along with everyone else has been such a positive aspect of NaNoWriMo and I would definitely give this as a reason to take part again.

As for the next coming week, if I can write roughly another fifteen thousand then I would be halfway through my sixty thousand word goal, and halfway through NaNoWriMo itself.