NaNoWriMo success!


I managed to finish my first-ever NaNoWriMo attempt by the skin of my teeth. Thanks to an 8K day on Sunday, November 29, I eked out the remaining 1.5K on November 30. Phew! So, with my October pre-NaNo writing, I have about 55,000 words so far.

I exported the manuscript from Scrivener and printed it as it stands right now just to feel the physical weight of the words. And so I could drop 240 binder-clipped pages onto a desk and hear a satisfying thud.

NaNoWriMo results

This manuscript requires a lot more love and attention of course. I skipped around in an effort to crank out whatever scenes I could at the time. Fortunately, this is easy to do in Scrivener. So there’s a beginning, middle and end, but there are several holes. Next step: read through what I have and make a missing scene list. Then I’ll crank those out, and then comes serious editing time.

My other (completely different) writing project involves impostor squirrel. And I look forward to creating and sharing more sketches of him in the future!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did it go? Please share in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo success!

  1. Wow! That’s amazing. I was trying really hard to ready blurry print to see what the title of your work was 🙂 I think I would utterly fail at doing the writing challenge. I feel the need to stop and edit myself incessantly. That, and wow. That’s a whole lot of work. Good for you!!

    1. Thanks, Karen! I have two working titles: “Ex” and “A Bartender’s Guide to Reinventing Yourself.” NaNoWriMo really forces you to forge ahead and edit later! Otherwise I do the same thing. 🙂

  2. Isn’t the best feeling ever holding a printed draft of something you wrote? Gah. I did not win this year, and I’m working on finishing off my draft so I, too, can hold a printed copy and eventually start editing.

    1. It is a great feeling to hold a printed draft, even knowing all the work ahead! Good luck on finishing your draft! And I hope you’re able to savor the accomplishment once you do! 🙂

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