NaNoWriMo 2021 Results

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This month did not start off well. I wrote a grand total of 148 words on day 1, which increased to 418 on day 2. I got caught up by Sunday night (the 7th) by writing 5771 words. It was not a great experience and I do not want to repeat it.

What I also realized by the end of Sunday the 7th was that I did not have enough in my outline to reach 50,000 words. Since I’d been outlining Broken Sword before I set it off to the side to work on Samael exclusively, I thought that if I got through all of Samael and couldn’t think of a good way to continue the story, I’d write the beginning of Broken Sword.

I…did not get to do either of those things. I outlined more sections of Samael, but I also ended up not reaching 50,000 words despite it.

But let’s look at week 2 first. The week 2 slump actually hit me pretty hard this year. I wrote during the week, but it wasn’t enough. By the end of Friday, I was 4k behind.

I actually did pretty good in week 3 – I was one day behind until Friday. I got super tired, then my computer crashed and wouldn’t boot. I panicked, fixed it (the video card was loose. That’s it) and then was too tired to do anything else, so I went to bed after writing about 600 words.

By that Saturday, I was only 500 words behind. Things were looking up…but I was going to run out of outline, so I spent most of week 4 (Thanksgiving week) working on more of the outline. This meant I fell behind during the week. I did start seriously writing again that Friday.

And then…I just kinda stopped? I got to 42,083 words on November 28th and decided not to write more. I definitely could have reached 50,000 words, but I thought it would be best not to write 3-4k for three days straight.

NaNoWriMo 2021

Up until the beginning of October, I have no idea what I was going to write for NaNoWriMo this year. The Book of Immortality and The Land of Two Moons were both finished. For the first time since 2017, I had to work on something new…and that was a problem. Even though I’d been worldbuilding & outlining Broken Sword for close to half a year, and re-outlining Samael since July, neither of those stories had anything close to a complete outline.

I don’t particularly like writing by the seat of my pants. It was fine when I was young and could jump from thing to thing at a moments notice with no problem at all, but I can’t do that anymore. I need an outline, even if it’s rough.

So for all of October, I’ve been putting all my effort into outlining Samael as much as I can. I’ve had vague notes and ideas scattered here and there for years, so most of the outlining has been putting things in order, eliminating inconsistencies from earlier ideas, and fleshing things out.

I sure hope what I’ve done so far will allow me to reach 50k words.

If you want to add me on the NaNoWriMo site, my account is JayArgall!

NaNoWriMo 2020 Results


This post was originally going to be very long – I had a day-by-day breakdown of what stories I worked on and how many words per day I wrote for them. I realized pretty late into the month that that sort of detail isn’t actually necessary (and it made the post way too long), so here’s a much better summary!

I started off November 1st by writing 5,046 words – since it was the last Double-Up Donation day, I thought it would be good to write more than the minimum 1,667. And since it was a Sunday when I had no other commitments (other than getting groceries in the early morning), there would be no problems with me sitting at my computer all day.

5000 words per day is pretty impossible for me, so I set a goal of 2000/day. I did (roughly) this until November 10, which is when I got the news that I got laid off from my job (second time this year, unfortunately). I only wrote 1000 words that day because of it.

I then wrote 3000 words the next day to get back on track, and continued with roughly 2000/day for the rest of the month. I started feeling the mid-month slump around the 14th/15th of November, but managed to push past it.

I finished rewriting the 5 chapters of The Land of Two Moons on the 17th! After that was done, I turned my attention towards finish up the WIP short story The God-King, which I ended up finishing on November 21st. Then I finished the final draft of The Book of Immortality on November 23rd!

All of that, in total, added up to 49,183 words, so I decided to continue novelizing The Land of Two Moons for the rest of the month. I created a new goal: 60,000 words, which I reached on November 29th. My final word count ended up being 61,227 words.

So, how’d I do on all four of my goals?

1. Finish editing The Book of Immortality. All chapters of the final draft are fully edited. That was a total of 19 (out of 38) chapters this month, and 37,576 words (out of a total 75,839 for the whole book).

2. Edit at least 5 chapters of The Land of Two Moons. This goal is also complete. In fact, I managed to double this, and edited 10 chapters in total.

3. Finish writing The God-King and the Spellsmith. This only took 558 words to finish. I’m glad I can finally set it aside and think about other things.

4. Write Cosmic Stardust: Vermillion. I didn’t get a chance to do this, and I didn’t expect to, since I didn’t even have a rough outline by the beginning of November. What I did actually do was write a very rough outline of the first two chapters.

All in all, I had a pretty good month, despite losing my job on the 10th (second time this year…thanks a lot, 2020). Thankfully, that is the only negative thing that happened to me all month, so I was able to stay focused on writing.

If you did NaNoWriMo this year, how did it turn out for you?

NaNoWriMo 2020 Goals

There are a couple of goals want to accomplish this November:

  1. Finish editing The Book of Immortality. Since there are only 19 (out of 38) chapters left to edit and chapters are, on average, 2000 words each, this won’t get me to 50,000 words. Thus, I also plan to:
  2. Edit at least 5 chapters of The Land of Two Moons. Each chapter is also around 2000 words long, so that should give me close to 10,000 words total.
  3. Finish writing The God-King and the Spellsmith, a short story I started rewriting in March. I had a plan to finish this during Camp NaNo’s July session, and it didn’t happen. It’s time to finally finish this story.
  4. Write Cosmic Stardust: Vermillion. This is the lowest on my priority list, and I won’t be too upset if I end up not accomplishing it.

This is the third year in a row where I’ll be editing and rewriting instead of working on something new. And this will actually be the last NaNoWriMo I spend doing that sort of thing, since I’ll be finished with rewriting The Land of Two Moons before November 2021.

Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year? If so, what are you working on? I’d love to hear about it.

And if you want to add me as a buddy, my NaNoWriMo author profile is here!

NaNoWriMo 2019

I won on the 27th with 50,039 words. 33,074 of those words went to finishing the rewrite of The Book of Immortality, while the rest was spent on two other things.

The first thing was a story idea that I’d had bouncing around in my head for a few months. I got 16,000 words into it before I realized it wasn’t working and then shelved it. Maybe one day I can come back to it and work it into something worthwhile. At the moment, it’s still a half-formed idea that isn’t going anywhere.

The second thing is the rework of Samael, a novel I started writing in 2015. I’ve just started on this one, and I like it so much better! I feel like my heart’s actually in it. I’ve also been plotting it out in my head from time-to-time since 2015, so I’ve actually got an idea of what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end.


Overall, I wrote 53,826 words. Things seem pretty consistent when I look at my overall progress.

However, my daily word count proves this was not the case.


Everything was pretty consistent until the 15th, which is when I finished the rewrite of The Book of Immortality. Everything after that is quite the yo-yo.

I’m glad that the new NaNoWriMo site is giving me the ability to see my day-to-day word counts. It’s not something I keep track of graphically, so it’s interesting to see just how much things vary on a day-to-day basis.

After all that writing, I’m definitely going to spend December taking it easy.

Anyway, if you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do?