I did this last year and thought it was something cool to look back on. So I decided to do it again this year.
I’m going to compare and contrast this year’s NaNoWriMo to last year’s. I think it’ll be interesting to see the differences.
2014: I wrote a collection of short stories of various genres. 2015: I wrote a young adult religious novel titled Second Chances.
I was in the middle of working on George Florence last year when NaNo started and I was running out of Short Story Sundays. So I thought that if I wrote one short story a day at around 2,000 words each, it would suffice for NaNo.
This year I decided to try my hand at a different genre. The idea came to me last minute before November started. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head so I decided to go with it.
2014: I did not have an outline. 2015: I did not have an outline.
You can’t really outline multiple short stories when you’re looking up prompts through the Internet and in writing books.
Second Chances came to me so last minute that I didn’t have time to write an outline. Plus, I had so many ideas swimming in my head that I didn’t really feel as though I needed one.
As you can see, my writing in 2014 was kind of all over the place. My writing this year was consistent… Until I decided to take a week off from writing, but I managed to catch up last minute.
2014: I won on November 26 at 50,067 words. 2015: I won on November 30 at 50,746 words.
Despite what the stats look like, I have no idea how I was able to win a few days early in 2014, but win on the last day in 2015. Oh, well. A win is a win.
I read three out of the four books I planned on reading. I updated my Reading List with the books I read this month, so you can get ahead and check those out and read the reviews I wrote.
Even though I didn’t read four books this month like I planned, I reached my goal for my Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge! I have read 52 books, one book a week. I skipped a few weeks, but I also read multiple books during other weeks. I somehow managed to hit my goal early.
I didn’t edit George Florence at all. My writer’s group meeting got cancelled because of the holidays. We won’t be regrouping until after the new year. I plan on editing that novel once again after the new year.
I did manage to write 2,000 words a day on my NaNo novel, Second Chances. I skipped an entire week, but I plan on hitting 50k later today. So I guess it was successful.
I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for 2016 and have been trying to put them in motion. There will be more information on these ideas at the beginning of January. I promise I won’t disappoint.
November was a very successful month and super busy. December is going to be just as–if not more–crazy. So I hope to hit all my goals then as well.
Some people naturally type fast, others type slow. Some people stop to think about every single scene, others just plow right through them.
The point of NaNoWriMo is this: just write, edit later.
We are actually putting Hemingway’s advice to use:
We’re all hopped up on too much caffeine and leftover Halloween candy that we might as well be drunk as we write.
There are some people who take this advice to heart and this is how they do NaNo. Other people don’t do NaNo for this same reason. Despite how the first draft of everything is crap, they don’t believe in writing until your fingers fall off.
Someone on my writing buddy has already hit 100k and it’s only day 10. In other words, she has been writing 10,000 words a day. I’ve done that before, but only when I have the entire day to myself. I can’t work six and half hours and then babysit for another two to three hours then expect myself to bang out 10k words after dinner.
Good for her, though. I applaud her.
Whether she has a day job or not, I assume she uses NaNo’s Word Sprints.
Word Sprinting is when you try to write as many words as you possibly can in a short period of time. Just keep typing, no editing.
I read the other day on Tumblr that someone wrote 2,000 words in 15 minutes. If I focus hard enough, I can write 2,000 words in 30 minutes.
As stated before, everyone writes at their own pace. However, is it really necessary to try to write at the speed of light just to hit 50k in 30 days?
I say no. I have my own methods to making NaNo work for me and it does not involve making more editing work for me later on.
I know I talk about this one a lot, but it’s key. Supposedly it takes 21 days to make a habit. If you believe that’s all it takes, you can totally get yourself into a good writing routine.
I wake up earlier than I need to before work. I write for an hour from 5:30am-6:30am and I get my 2,000 words done.
This works because I get over the word count goal putting me a little bit ahead each day. Also, my mind is trained to be creative at that same time every morning. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow I type, I still get the words down.
2. Realistic Word Goal.
The daily goal is 1,667 words. I think that’s realistic, even though some people see that as too much. I personally shoot for 2k because I like even numbers and it puts me ahead. It gives me a small extra dose of accomplishment if I write more than what’s expected each day.
But here’s my point: I don’t say, “I’m going to sprint until I get 20k today!” and then rush my writing. I say, “I’m going to get my 2k done. I’ll write more if I can.” Then I go ahead and try to write the best chapter.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying sprinting is bad. It definitely works for some people and most people love it, but it doesn’t help me.
I try to see how many words I can write in a certain amount of time, but if I see a typo I go back to fix it.
3. Use November 30 as your Deadline.
November 30 is the last day of NaNo. Therefore, you should reach for 50k for that date. If you finish early, great! But I know there are some people that say to themselves, “I’m going to try to write 50k in the first day! I’ll be the very first person to finish on the entire site!”
I have seen people upload their word counts to 50k on day one. They stay up until midnight on October 31 and begin the moment the calendar changes to November 1. Then they write straight for the next 24 hours. I don’t know how people can write that long when staring at a computer screen. I don’t know how their minds are still in tact.
But you need to pace yourself. Pace your story and your characters. If you rush, you’re not going to have any idea what you wrote. You don’t want to burn yourself out too quickly.
I’m sure there will be a few people who will disagree with me, but that’s fine. I’m not saying word sprints are a bad thing and I’m not saying people who hit 50k quickly are writing nonsense just to say they won.
Everyone writes at their own pace.
But I prefer to get into a steady routine with a reasonable daily word count with the whole month to work with my story and give it the attention it deserves.
Because if you really think about it, every month can be a NaNo month if you stick with your routine after November. You can potentially have 12 novels written by the end of the year for only a couple thousand words a day.
1. Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt
2. Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
4. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Of course these books are subject to change throughout the month.
1. Continue editing George Florence
2. Write 2,000 words a day for Second Chances for NaNoWriMo
1. Continue to blog every day
2. Keep working on the new ideas and features for 2016
If you have any suggestions for topics or writing prompts for me to do for Short Story Sunday or Inspiration Station or any random day, feel free to let me know in the comments or Contact Me. I’m always looking for new ideas and I would love to hear about what you guys want to read about. Thanks!
I am super excited that another session of NaNoWriMo is coming up soon!
I usually don’t start thinking about it until October, but that’s right around the corner.
I was wondering what I was going to write since I decided that I was going to edit George Florence for the time being.
Last year I wrote a short story a day. Some came out pretty good and some didn’t. However, I missed writing one specific story. So I don’t think I’m going to do that again this year.
Since I decided to post some original novellas on Wattpad, I figured I will work on one of those for NaNo.
I plan on writing those in notebooks first. Then type them up later. That way I can edit as I type it up and that’s one draft down.
So between now and then I’m going to outline one of the stories (I haven’t decided which one I’m going to write yet) and start writing it in a notebook. Since handwriting will take longer than typing, I’m going to start in October or whenever I finish the outline.
I hope to have the story finished by November 1 so I can type it up for NaNo. I know starting early is technically “cheating.” However, if I’m able to handwrite and/or type 50,000 words during November, then I think that’s fine. You guys won’t tell on me, will you?
Another year of NaNoWriMo has come and gone. Did you all win? I hope so. If not, that’s okay. Writing is writing no matter how many words you managed to get down on the page.
Now that the NaNo hype is all done and everyone can finally relax again, we are now into December.
December is probably one of the busiest months of the year. It probably goes by the quickest as well because everyone is always so busy. December is also the last month of the year so people start thinking of New Year’s Resolutions and such.
I have been thinking about 2015 for the past couple of months. Call me strange, but I didn’t want to start anything “new” until the new year because then that would kind of sort of in a weird way make it “official.” Am I the only one who thinks that way?
Anyway, starting in 2015 there’s going to be a few new changes to my blog… posts and layout alike. I’ve been thinking about this for a few months now so I just need to put it all into action. Hopefully you guys will like the new changes. There will be more on that later… as in, the end of the month. All will be revealed/explained New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. Look forward to it… please.
I will say this, though: part of what I’m going to start doing regularly is working on my Detective Florence series.
I started typing up the second draft of Detective Florence back in October and stopped because NaNo started. I had only 140 pages left so now I’m going to continue that. Here’s my plans:
–Type up the last 140 pages of the second draft of Detective Florence by December 15 (10 pages a day)
–Hand edit the first draft of Detective Florence 2 (December 15-31)
–Type up the second draft of Detective Florence 2 —Outline Detective Florence 3 —Write Detective Florence 3
The first deadline will definitely hold up. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hand edit in 16 days with the holidays and work, but I’ll certainly give it a try. I would like to start writing the third novel by February at the very latest, though. We’ll see how it goes.
Those are my plans so far. 2015 is going to be the year that the first Detective Florence novel is going to be ready for publication… hopefully. I want it to be completed edited and polished by the end of December 2015.
I typed up ten pages this afternoon, so I’m on par for the first day of my plan. Yay! Now I just need to keep this up.
I wrote almost 3,000 words this morning. My NaNo word count is now 45,050. The end is near… it’s so close, but it’s so far away. I only have another 5,000 more words to write and then I’ll finally beat NaNo.
I have to say that NaNo didn’t go as well as I thought it would. My original plan was to write 1,000-word short stories so that come December I could expand and edit each story. In the end, I would have a decent collection of short stories that I thought I may or may not publish.
Some had potential to be decent short stories. Others I couldn’t see going very far. Most of them I’m keeping as back-ups for Short Story Sunday. Some of the short stories, as I’ve stated in other posts, have the potential to be something bigger than a short story.
For example, I am currently on part ten of something I called Fire and Ice. It’s a cliched title with a cliched pairing. However, it seems to be coming along quite nicely.
I don’t understand where the idea came from (or where it’s going to go for that matter), but it’s basically about two best friends who, on their 18th birthday, discover they have fire and ice powers. The girl, Joan, has the power of fire and the boy, Grant, has the power of ice.
There is a prophecy (I didn’t write this part as of yet, but the idea has been in my head since I wrote the first part) that states that both has a potential evil inside them. In order to kill this evil inside them, they must kill the other. In other words, if Grant wants to rid of the evil inside him, he needs to kill Joan or Joan would have to kill Grant. Like I said, they’re best friends so you can only imagine how devastated they are going to be when they hear this prophecy.
In the end, will Grant kill Joan? Will Joan kill Grant? Will they both decide to stay friends and allow the evil to overcome both of them? Wouldn’t that be an interesting sight… the two protagonists become the antagonists and run amok together.
I don’t know too much about this story idea, but I keep developing it in my head as I continue to write the parts for NaNo. It’s definitely an idea worth writing down to try to develop into a novel at a later time.
I am still going to start working on my Detective Florence series again once I hit 50k words and NaNo is over, so if I do work on Fire and Ice it won’t be for a long while. I’m sure I’ll be jotting down notes and ideas here and there, but what do you guys think of the potential new novel idea?
Aside from editing my story draft for my Fiction class and editing my Harry Potter essay for my Rowling & Tolkien class (both due in two weeks, so… whatever), I have completed my homework for the week!
One week’s worth of homework for four classes done in two days. I would like to complain and say it was a struggle, but it actually wasn’t. For some reason, I just didn’t get a lot of homework this week. Maybe it’s because next week we have off due to Thanksgiving? Whatever the reason, I’ll be sure to say I’m thankful for the lack of homework this week at the dinner table next week.
I’m busy after work for the rest of this week, but I’ll be sure to write every morning before work. I get up super early so I have an hour and a half/two hours before work. I’m behind on my word count, but if I can stay focused for those few hours for the next three mornings I’ll catch up no problem.
Saturday will be another Barnes & Noble writing date with my sister. I’m sure I’ll get a lot done then, too. Maybe I can even hit 50k by Sunday. Can I write 22k in five days?
If it happens, it happens. I’m not going to make it a goal. As much as I love writing, I want to take advantage of the lack of homework–it’s almost like getting two weeks off from school.
I have video games to play, people!
My priorities are clearly right where they should be…
In all seriousness though, I plan on hitting 50k by Thanksgiving. That gives me eight days to write 22k. It will be nice if I can do it in five, but eight days is my current goal.