NaNoWriMo – Victory!

November is over, as is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I set out to write at least 50,000 words for my sequel novel, and I’m pleased to say I did it!

As I explained in my first post on this topic, I planned to do 1,667 words every day.  Since I work part-time and can hit that mark in about two hours a day, this wasn’t a huge burden.  But doing it every day for a month was a bit of a strain.  Here are the numbers for the final week:


Minutes Writing

Daily Words

Cumulative Words

Daily Goal

Cumulative Goal

Excess over Goal

11/24 131 1,850 41,409 1,667 40,008 1,401
11/25 130 1,700 43,109 1,667 41,675 1,434
11/26 123 1,800 44,909 1,667 43,342 1,567
11/27 118 1,797 46,706 1,667 45,009 1,697
11/28 0 0 46,706 1,667 46,676 30
11/29 108 1,740 48,446 1,667 48,343 103
11/30 167 1,704 50,150 1,667 50,010 140

I only missed the mark twice: Once when we had a flooded basement emergency (see this post), and once to take a day off for Thanksgiving (which, by the way, was great, with a smoked turkey done on a Traeger – a first for me). I had enough days over the 1,667 pace to allow for those two days off, and finished with 50,010 words (yeah, just squeaked it in that last day!).

Since I had a head start going into NaNoWriMo, I now have 67,870 words on the sequel, which is called The Rogue of Sevado, by the way. I have about another 30-40K words plotted out for that. I plan to keep writing consistently (although I did take another day off December 1 to clear my head), at a lower pace. I plan to write at least 500 words every day, with a goal to get 1,000. That will get me to a completed first draft by the end of January.  I’m enjoying the story, and hoping my readers will, too!

One of the things I learned this past month was to just write.  Even if I didn’t have a clear idea of what the next scene was (I always had a high-level idea, from my detailed plot plan), just write.  Even if there’s a plot hole, just write and fix it later.  Even if I had some new ideas for a previous scene, just write (make a note about the idea and come back to it on the rewrite).


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Author: RickAAllenSF

Semi-retired engineer, now a SF author. Recently moved to Colorado Springs, where I work in front of a window looking out at Pikes Peak.

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