NaNoWriMo final count….disappointed?


We’re well out of November, and way past the deadline that marked the end of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

Do you know your word count? How successful were you in achieving the vaunted 50k word goal?

Did angst get the best of you, and now you have patches in your hair and chronic nosebleeds because you could only manage, at best, half of the 1,700 words/day needed to break the 50k mark?

It’s okay…breathe…and focus….

As of November 30, 2010, my final word count was 21, 409 words. I fell far short of the mark.

I could make excuses, but I’m not. Instead, I’m reaching out to the community (That’s You!). I’ve always been a slow writer (I mean, look at the posting record for this blog) , averaging at most 1000 words/ day, and at times I find the space to write 100. 1,700 a day is a bit challenging, and it took a lot of time and ignoring of the nagging urge to go back and edit sentences and trim fat. I’m a bit disappointed, yes, but definitely not to the point where I’m giving up. I’ll probably do NaNoWriMo again next year, this time going into it with (hopefully) more time to devote to writing and a better understanding of how things tend to work. I haven’t stopped writing, though, and the novel that I began during NaNoWriMo is still being added to, even today.I hope to be done wit something substantial by next November so that I won’t have to drop everything and NaNo when the time comes around. I heard that’s a bad idea, and I agree.

Question: Did you complete NaNoWriMo? How much did you write? Do you feel like it taught you anything significant about the writing process? What strategies helped you reach the 50,000 word mark?

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo final count….disappointed?

  1. Hitting almost 21,500 words is still something to be proud of. You wrote more fiction than most people in November.

    You obviously know some of my thoughts on NaNoWriMo. It’s great in many ways, but I think its biggest value is for the person who has never written something substantial and wants to prove they can.

    There’s nothing wrong with slow. Most of my favorite writers put books out 2 – 3 times a decade. Other writers putting a book out a year do it by writing 250 words a day, and just sticking with it.

    I’m glad you were able to get the word count you hit in November during NaNoWriMo. You wrote more fiction than I did for the month, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

    I wish you the best in keeping the momentum going and hope that NaNoWriMo was a jump start to something you finish and love.

    • Christopher,

      Thanks for the reply, and the well wishes.

      I think that the most positive thing that I got from participating in NaNoWriMo is the acceptance of my own idiosyncratic writing style. Beyond that, 21,000 + words is the most that I’ve written in a long time, and I am proud of myself for writing that much.

      You didn’t participate, right? What were you working on in the meantime?

  2. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. It’s not that I have anything against it–it’s that I’ve always had something else I’ve been working on at the time.

    I recently started freelancing, so I figured that starting something new like that, recording podcasts, and shopping the novel I finished last summer around were things not worth putting aside for a month.

    I would like to participate if November rolls around and I have the time to put things on hold for a month. So far, though, that hasn’t happened.

    I’m glad NaNoWriMo helped you in ways…and your word count for the month — despite not hitting 50K words — is still impressive. Congrats!

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