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My First Ever NaNoWriMo Wrap Up!

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As you may know this November I participated in my first ever NaNoWriMo! You can check out my post announcing it, if you are interested in more details about that. This is my post wrapping up what and how much I ended up writing in November, if I hit my goals and my experience with NaNoWriMo. I though about adding this to my November wrap up, but in the end I decided that it deserved its own post.


What I Wrote:

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I was working on my Fantasy Project, as I mentioned in my announcement post. I planned on working on my main fantasy novel and some short stories as well (since I didn’t plan out my novel enough).

Instead I ended up working more on short stories, than my actual novel. I just didn’t have the concentration to work on a full length novel, since I was sick the first half of the month and the second half I was busy with university. Still, I wrote quite a few short stories and I’m really happy about that.


My Goals and How Much I Ended Up Writing:

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I had only one goal and that is to write every day. I completed that goal and I must say that I’m very pleased that I managed that. (I had wondered if I could do it.)

The word count didn’t matter to me, since I hadn’t written anything in years (not counting stuff for university). I just wanted to get back into writing and I did mange to do that.

I also managed to blog as well during that time (not as much as I hoped I would, but still) and I’m really happy about that. Basically NaNoWriMo was successful for me!

In total I ended up writing 25,435 words!

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I didn’t think I would end up writing as much as I did. I wrote more than half of 50,000 words. I’m very proud of myself! ūüėÄ

I’m also proud of myself for having the motivation to write every day, even though I had to force myself some of the time (which is something that happens to everybody).


My Experience:

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NaNoWriMo reminded me how much I enjoy writing creatively. As I mentioned already it has been years since I have written anything creatively, mostly because I wrote academically for university and I was busy with life. Participating this year just showed me how much I enjoy creating and writing stories.

I also enjoyed the fact that I had to write every day. It created a patter for me and I had at least something to do every day. Though I must admit that it was a bit of a pain as well, especially on days that I didn’t feel like writing.

I can definitely see myself participating in future NaNoWriMo’s as well! Maybe I’ll attempt a regular one next year and not my modified version, like this year. (But who knows how my schedule will be in one year.) All in all I had a lot of fun and I ended up writing a lot, which I’m very pleased about!


Did you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Did you win? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna‚ô•

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I’m Doing NaNoWriMo This Year!! (kind of)

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Now, you might be wondering: What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month¬†(often shortened to¬†NaNoWriMo)¬†is an annual, Internet-based¬†creative writing¬†project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. NaNoWriMo focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion.

(Taken from Wikipedia.)
If you want to know more about it, check out the official website!

Yes, as the title of this post suggests I’m taking part in this years NaNoWriMo!¬†ūüėÄ

The “kind of” part comes from the fact that I’m not¬†taking part in the traditional way where my goal is to write 50 000 words by the end of the month. Rather I have set myself some other goals that I want to reach during November.

But first, why am I not taking part in the regular NaNoWriMo?
  • I have never attempted to write a book before. I loved writing when I was younger and I wrote many short stories (some were longer, some shorter), but I have never attempted to write a book let alone in just one month.
  • I haven’t written anything in a really long time. Due to the fact that I was busy with university I have fallen out of the habit of writing (creatively that is, I have written many research papers).¬†I haven’t been writing for years.
  • The book that I want to write is a fantasy one. Honestly I haven’t outlined and planned enough to just jump into writing the book – there are many things about my fantasy world and story that I need to figure out.
  • I’m busy during November. Life is always busy, especially towards the end of the year. (And this year is no exception to that.)

Despite all of that I still wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo. This just seems like such a fun event and I have missed writing creatively. Plus I have been interested in participating in NaNoWriMo for years, but never actually had the time so this year I just decided to do it. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself when it comes to writing during this November, as I already said it isn’t something that I have done recently. I know if I tried the regular NaNoWriMo I would fail, so that’s why I’m changing it up a bit.

What is my goal for NaNoWriMo?

Write every day, the word-count doesn’t matter! I just want to get back into writing creatively. Writing at least a few sentences every day is manageable for me, so I know that I won’t be loosing motivation for it. Though I do plan to write as much as possible every day (or as much as I’m feeling that day). We shall see how much I will have written by the end of the month!

Also, I don’t plan on taking a break from blogging during that time either. I still plan on posting at least 2 times a week. (Just thought I would mention that as well.)

What am I writing?

The main thing that I’m working on is the fantasy book that I already mentioned. I want to write as much as possible for it. The details that I don’t know yet about the world I’ll figure out as I’m wiring it. But, as I already said, I have never tried writing a book before so that is not the only thing that I’ll be working on in November.¬†And no, I won’t be telling you what my book is going to be about (I’ll maybe give you some details at the end of the month, we shall see).

My side project is fantasy short stories. Sometimes I just get random inspiration for a scene (or multiple scenes). So whenever I don’t have an idea for my main project I can write something short on the side. This way I’ll also have variety and won’t get overwhelmed with my main fantasy project.¬†By the end of the month I want to have made progress with my fantasy book and I want to have written down short stories that could turn into bigger stories in the future.

So that are all my plans for NaNoWriMo! You can add me as a buddy here, if you want to follow my journey with writing in November!

Are you participating this year? Do you enjoy writing stories? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna‚ô•

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