w00t! I am dancing up a storm on this cloudy Sunday afternoon because
I won NaNoWriMo!
That’s right. I wrote 50,000 words in 22 days.
FIFTY THOUSAND words in TWENTY-TWO days.
I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every year for the last 12 years. And this is only my 3rd win.
So I’m celebrating!
I swear it was just November 1 and I was just starting my NaNoWriMo 2020 writing journey. And now here it is November 22 and my word count total stands at 50,536.
How frickin’ awesome is that?
I will admit this has been a rather strange writing journey. As I previously wrote, I only had a vague idea of what I would start writing on November 1. As the first days passed, I found the story pouring out of me. I was hitting over 2,000 words each writing session and I was on target to hit 50,000 words on November 19.
But then this past week got a bit tough. Not only did I travel for work, which got me out of my writing routine, I also hit a wall writing-wise.
I hit the creative wall because the story didn’t go where I thought it would. But I was so close to the goal. So I plugged away and kept writing. I do feel the story has gotten a bit off track.
But that’s not important at this moment because
Well, the story doesn’t have an ending yet. So I will keep writing and I’ll keep updating my word count.
At this stage, this is raw writing. Just getting the words on the page. After I get to the ending, then I will spend some time outlining. Yes, I know that’s funny since I’m a pantser (writes by the seat of my pants with no plan at all), but I find it easier to outline once I know where the story is going.
Once I finish the outline, then I will go back and begin the basic editing process. I will start with rewriting those parts that don’t quite fit or I don’t quite like. Then at some point I have to put the story together in a sequence that fits.
When I write, I write whatever comes to me. Right now, I have about 28 sections or chapters. But these are not really in any kind of order. That will be part of my outlining process—to figure out a sequence.
And then if I decide I still like the story, I may even do a second round of editing. Maybe I even ask some people to be beta readers. Who knows?
At this point, I’m just happy to be a NaNoWriMo 2020 Winner!
2 thoughts on “I’m a Winner!”
As a fellow pantser, I too dive in headfirst then come back and outline everything proper on the second pass, lol. I wanted to be an outliner due to the plot holes and character inconsistencies, but I’ve learned that maybe those are just part of my writing process. Good luck with the rest of your WIP!
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