NaNoWriMo 2016 Wrap

Just like that, another November has come and gone. This was my second NaNoWriMo attempt and while I didn’t hit the same target as my first attempt, I still got a lot of writing done.

I ended up writing 12,062 words with an average daily count of 402 words per day. It was fun to watch the word count rise and less fun when it was stagnant. In the end, writing a page and a quarters worth every day was productive and exciting. It was real progress and it made me feel like more of a writer.

There were clear moments of some great writing happening and conversely, moments where I was writing anything to have the pen moving and the page filling up. Most importantly, I wrote. I wrote every day. No matter how busy my day was, no matter what other commitments were lingering or what mood I was in. Finding that routine again and sticking to it has helped me immensely. It meant greater focus and direction for my novel, new short stories and a slew of poems.

The middle of the month proved to be the time that hurt. I didn’t write as much as I should have. It put me a little behind and I doubted myself. But I pushed on. I refocused and got myself on track and the final week saw some big numbers. And quality words too. Not just hitting a daily word count or filling pages for fun.

The novel has come forward and is taking shape. The short stories are in a decent shape ready to mould into a complete being. The poetry has potential to be decent. With some mish mashing, there may be a few goodies in the mix.

Social media engagement played a factor in my writing too. Twitter has it’s up and downs, but seeing other writers daily word counts was a real drive to keep going. Getting words of encouragement from strangers helped push me along. Words from friends really lifted me when the words weren’t coming or I simply didn’t feel like writing.

The website posts also made a difference. I received great support, feedback from my posts and gained followers. It was a pleasure to share my NaNoWriMo journey with everyone.

I honestly recommend every writer have a crack at NaNoWriMo at least once. Whether you are someone who writes 1667 words a day all the time or someone who writes 50 words here and there, it is an exciting task to take on. One you will definitely learn form.

I am looking forward to getting some more writing done over the holiday period. I have some solid editing to do, whipping the novel into shape and getting those short stories ready to at least show my trusted readers.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my NaNoWriMo updates. It has been a refreshing experience and I am glad I got to share it.



NaNoWriMo – Week 3

The third week of NaNoWriMo was a promising time. Once again life tried to get in the way, but I was more focused and intent this week. I managed to write 2000 words for the week; an average of 285 words a day. My total sits at 7151 words.

I managed to write almost double last week’s figure, which is just what I needed. Good progress was made with the novel and one of my short stories. The humid nights were conducive for late night poetry too. One or two may end up being good enough for publication.

I had a short story rejection along the way, but the publication has asked me to submit another piece. So it’s time to polish up another piece.

Keep following my progress over the course of the month on my website and daily updates on Twitter.

Write till you feel satisfied.

NaNoWriMo – Week 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo has come and gone. It has been a solid start for me, with day one beating the daily target while my lowest daily count was a measly 146 words. I managed to hit 4029 words for the week; an average of 575 words a day.

I am happy with this progress. It has been great to get back into the practise of writing every day. No matter what. Some days have seen not enough time to write and others too much time. But the words are flowing and the brain is ticking over with ideas.

As I intended with NaNoWriMo this year, I have been working on my novel, short stories and poetry. Some good, some bad but ideas are developing and stories are forming. I will beat my figure of 20,005 words from 2013. Keep following my progress over the course of the month on my website and daily updates on Twitter.

Good luck to those taking part in NaNoWriMo this year!