NaNoWriMo Results + An Update on My Novel

NaNoWriMo is over.

That means you're probably either rejoicing or bummed out, depending on how much you enjoyed this past month.

I can say that I'm nearly indifferent. Which I think is crazy, considering that I did win NaNo. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely happy and excited that I won, but November was a ridiculous, insanely busy month for me. I had more stuff planned in November than I did for the rest of the year combined (okay...not really but it felt like that) and I was pretty stressed out with everything that was going on the entire month.

But that's okay.

I actually did it. At the end of the month, I finished my 50,000 words and I'm damn happy that I participated.

As you can see, though, I was behind for the majority of the month. And I like said in a previous video, I did not push all of my "catch-up" writing to one day. The most I wrote in one day was on 29 Nov, when @NaNoSprints was holding a House Cup competition. That was by and far my favorite thing of this month - that single NaNo sprint series. I'm in love with the Harry Potter series so it's no surprise, honestly. The point of that particular sprint was to choose a house and then all of your word count for that sprint would count towards that house's points. I was always Gryffindor, but the majority of people were either Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, so we never won :(

But it was a blast! The last two days I needed to write just over 2000 words per day to hit my 50k. The first couple of sprints put me over 2000, but I talked myself into continuing. Then I only needed to write 600 more words to finish so I was definitely not going to wait until the next day.

It's worth noting, as you might have seen, when I validated my novel it tacked on an extra 4,000 words. Not exactly sure why...but I really wrote 50,118 words last month. The graph is just a little off.

When I finished my 50,000th word, I didn't get a sense of elation. I was tired and sleep deprived (not from writing but from traveling) and my poor little brain wasn't in the mood for celebration.

That said, I'm still extremely proud of myself and my accomplishments.

My MS is now at 115,000 words! I'm thinking I might need around 20k more