Days 20-30

What can I say? NaNoWriMo was not a success for me this year. Thanksgiving plans and lack of love for my story definitely got in the way. My total word count ended up at 30,299.

I believe this was mainly because of lack of planning. I just couldn’t think of an idea that I absolutely loved, unlike last year. And another thing was that I didn’t know exactly where my story was going. I knew the beginning, middle, and sortof the end, but not exactly how it was going to get there. I just had a general outline this year. And I tried a slightly different genre.

I’ve learned that I’m definitely not a pantser. I need to have an outline and a very structured approach to be successful. And seeing as how all of my completed projects are in the young adult fantasy genre, that might be another clue about where and how I need to focus my energy.

So there you have it. My confession of NaNo failure.


Day 19

Words added: 380

Total Word Count: 30,110

Day 18

Not a lot to say today. I had to work and didn’t get get much writing done.

Words added: 598

Total Word Count: 29,730

Day 17

The fact that I had today off work really helped my writing. I really wanted to accomplish more today, like editing my two short stories, drafting a query letter for one of them, and further researching possible publishers. However, it’s not as if I didn’t get anything done.

Words added: 5,107

Total Word Count: 29,132

I’m a little worried about the next week though. Starting tomorrow (back to work), my husband and I basically have a non-stop schedule for the next week. So, NaNo is still up in the air as far as its completion.

Day 16

Another bad day for writing. My little sister turned 9 years old today, so I spent the day with my family instead of writing.

Words added: 198

Total Word Count: 24,025

Day 15

I accomplished nothing today. I had to work, and by the time I got home, I was exhausted. I did still consider the idea of entering the short story I wrote yesterday into the contest I’d read about. And then I researched last year’s competition. There were over 8,000 entries! So, basically, I chickened out. How could a story that I wrote in about an hour compete with that? And it needs some editing and revision, too, which I just didn’t have time for tonight.

I’m a bit concerned at this point that I might not finish my NaNo novel this year.


Day 14

I took my writing elsewhere today. In a region near me, according to the NaNoWriMo website, is a wonderful little coffee shop that serves amazing scones, among other things. The owner (and barista) is a published author, and participates in NaNoWriMo. There are a couple of events scheduled there this month, (not sure if I’ll be attending or not), so I thought I’d check out the place.

Just after a short 45-50 minute drive from my house, I arrived at said coffee shop and discovered that the reputation of the scones was definitely deserved. So, with snack and coffee in hand, I got to work. I probably wrote for about an hour and a half, totaling about 1,700 words during that short time. Looks like the “butt in chair” writing method works!

After I got home, I browsed through my email and found a writing newsletter sent out today. There is a short story competition that ends tomorrow, the submission deadline being at midnight. The only requirement is that the story is limited to 1,500 words. And suddenly, as I was reading this email, a story came to me out of nowhere. All I had to do was write it down. It clocked in at 1,496 words. I haven’t decided if I want to submit it or not. I need to edit and polish it, and as I have to work tomorrow, I won’t have too much time. Besides the $20 entry fee, I really have nothing to lose, though.

Words added: 1,914

Total Word Count: 23,827

These totals don’t include the short story I wrote. I wish I could have moved further ahead in my novel, but I’m pleased with what I was able to complete today.

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