NaNoWriMo 2020 Results

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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.┬áMaybe 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.

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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.

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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?

NaNo 2018 Week 4

22 November

Target Word Count: 36,667

Words Written: 36,687

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 16 pages (converted to 3200 words)

Finished chapter 24 of The Land of Two Moons and started chapter 25. I had to create a bunch of new characters for this next part of the story.

23 November

Target Word Count: 38,333

Words Written: 38,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 25 and started chapter 26.

24 November

Target Word Count: 40,000

Words Written: 40,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons script: 6 pages (converted to 1200 words)

Finished inking two pages of chapter 1. I’m also almost done with scripting chapter 26.

25 November

Target Word Count: 41,667

Words Written: 41,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 26 and started on chapter 27.

26 November

Target Word Count: 43,333

Words Written: 43,587

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 27!

27 November

Target Word Count: 45,000

Words Written: 44,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Today was a rather difficult writing day for no reason at all.

28 November

Target Word Count: 46,667

Words Written: 47,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 15 pages (converted to 3000 words)

Finished chapter 28, which ended up being much longer than a normal chapter due to it containing an action sequence. Also started on chapter 29!

29 November

Target Word Count: 48,333

Words Written: 49,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 13 pages (converted to 2600 words)

Wrote a lot more than I planned to.

30 November

Target Word Count: 50,000

Words Written: 50,387 (50,388 according to the validator)

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Won and finished chapter 29!

Overview

I won and validated at 5:00 PM on the 30th. That’s much better than last year, when I won at 11:30 PM.

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Instead of writing a whole bunch about how it was really hard to keep on track at times and how much I really love The Land of Two Moons, I’m just going to end this blog post with saying that I’m happy I won and I’m going to continue working on this story until it’s done.

NaNo 2018 Week 3

15 November

Target Word Count: 25,000

Words Written: 24,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

This is the first day this year I’ve fallen behind!

16 November

Target Word Count: 26,667

Words Written: 26,087

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 22. I was hoping to get more than 26k, but ended up being too tired.

17 November

Target Word Count: 28,333

Words Written: 29,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 12 pages (converted to 2400 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1.5 pages (converted to 1500 words)

I’m back on track! I also started penciling chapter 1 of the comic.

18 November

Target Word Count: 30,000

Words Written: 30,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 1 page (converted to 200 words)

Finished chapter 22. I wanted a break, so I took it easy today.

19 November

Target Word Count: 31,667

Words Written: 30,187

Did not write today.

20 November

Target Word Count: 33,333

Words Written: 31,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

I’m behind, but I did manage to write more than 1667 words.

21 November

Target Word Count: 35,000

Words Written: 33,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 5 pages (converted to 1000 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)

I wrote a lot less than I wanted to, but I was anemic for most of the day. That messed up everything, not just my writing.