NaNoWriMo in review

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, December 04, 2013 At 3:09 PM

I took a break from my goals posts during November for the sake of doing NaNoWriMo -- and it was a good month!  I met my goal, even though I got a little behind and had to do a big day of catchup at the end.

You can see that I was nicely on schedule for about the first half of the month, with a little bit of a lead occasionally.  About halfway through the month, though, I started lagging behind.  The reasons were varied: too many distractions from friends I'd met at write-ins (and we had some wild and crazy write-ins this year), having a busy schedule with not much time to write, and a little bit of indecision on what to do with my novel.

Writing 10,000 words on the last day wasn't an ideal way to win NaNoWriMo, but I'm proud that I made it anyway, and also rather pleased with my 10k day.  I don't know if I've ever done that before -- I can think of a few 8k days, but I can't remember any as epic as 10k.  I'm pretty pleased with that.  And, amazingly, all my indecision and hesitations fell away once I had that deadline looming over me.  And I just wrote.

The one thing I didn't get to do was to finish my novel in November, as I had been planning.  Part of it is because I underestimated the word count -- I thought it would be more of a novella, closer to the 50k required to win NaNoWriMo, but it seems it'll be longer than that after all.  I've taken a few days off, after my 10k day, but I think sometime in the next couple days (and perhaps today) I will start working on it again.  I want to finish the novel, and make a few changes I had in mind for earlier scenes, before I go back to the revisions on my first Ruby Ransome novel.

Now that NaNo is over, of course, I have only one month to get some of my goals for the year out of the way: my reading list, for one thing, and the website and blog overhauls I wanted to do.  Luckily I will have some time off over Christmas, so hopefully this month will be a productive one!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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