Monday 3 December 2012

Nanowrimo winner!

During November I took part in National Novel Writing Month (see my previous posts here). The challenge was to write 50,000 words in one month - giving you (roughly) a first draft of a novel to work on. 

& I did it! (PHEW).

This year I cheated a little bit by using nanowrimo to continue a novel I had already started (I wrote 10,000 words in the summer), which means I now have a first draft of 60,000 words. I'm writing a young adult book, so the word count is sort of about right, but I'm not going to worry about that too much until I'm through a couple more drafts!

Now my next challenge is to KEEP GOING. One of the main reasons I like nanowrimo is that I really like working to targets and deadlines & they provide all sorts of fun word count widgets & graphs. I hated being behind, so I really pushed myself to write - even on days where I was tired, or lazy or just not in the mood. Now that I'm working off my own steam it's a bit harder - it's easier to go "ah, I'll just do it at the weekend", and fall back into lazy habits!

So I think I am going to get a diary or something and tick off each day that I write, giving myself mini deadlines along the way. I am determined to keep writing - even if it's rubbish, I really enjoy it!


  1. Well done! Writing a book is on my bucket list, it's just finding a good idea to write about that's the hard bit :( Keep it up! x

  2. I really wish I had the ideas/inspiration to write that many words. CONGRATS!

  3. Congratulations! I am so jealous! I start NaNoWriMo every year but I can never seem to finish it!

  4. Congratulations! I am so jealous! I start NaNoWriMo every year but I can never seem to finish it!

  5. Yay! Congrats! I remember when I did my book last year it was rewarding hitting that mark! :-)

  6. Well done! I could never manage this. What an achievement! xx

  7. Well done! I always want to do this but it was out of the question this year with a baby! I even have a great idea now but like you I know I'd never write off my own steam so I hope to do it next year!

    Good luck writing your book, I'll be sure to read it if you got it published! What an awesome achievement for 2012!

    Amy x

  8. Congratulations! I would love to write something longer than a few blog posts, but have no idea where to even start! Perhaps next year I'll know :)


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