NaNo Done – Delayed Post I

DecemberFor those of you who might have been wondering what happened to the end of November and NaNoWriMo – I did manage to complete the 50k word target… As usual, I was running right up until the deadline date and over, if I’m honest – finally stopping on 30th November with a grand total of 52, 242 words.

I wrote this post and thought I’d put it out on 1st December, but just came across it in my drafts now – so obviously I’d got writing fatigue or something 🙂 So, here it is – two weeks after crossing the finish line!

After completing this, I went cold turkey for the last couple of weeks, returning to the normal world where everything isn’t measured in sentences and words counts; where people are real and not characters I can control with a few strokes of a keyboard… Unfortunately, when I went to input my final figures into the NaNo site itself, my attempt for this year has closed and I couldn’t add my final five days of stats – so they have me finishing at 46,109. Oh well, at least I know the words are written!

Looking at the length of the first two books in the series – which hover around 115k words – it looks like I’m well over halfway through Outlanders and with having a lot of the planning for it mapped out, continuing to write it will hopefully be less of a struggle than I’ve found so far.

I know everyone says there’s never enough time for things – perhaps I should try the disciplined ‘chip away at it’ style of writing a little every day…? The only problem is that I tend to have big writing spurts then nothing – any advice on how to keep going, or even get started on a sustainable plan?


5 thoughts on “NaNo Done – Delayed Post I

  1. Thomas Weaver

    Is the writer who produces 6 thousand words one day and then takes the next two off (for resting and feeding the brain, planning the next part of the story, doing legitimate research, etc.) before doing it again writing any less than the one who puts 2 thousand words on the page every day?

    Some writers are LESS productive when they try to force it by writing every single day. If ‘binge writing’ works better for you, go with that.

  2. TonyT

    The only suggestions I can make for a sustainable writing plan is to either set yourself a timer – 15 minutes a day, or whatever, or an exact word count. I tend to write in short bursts as well…if it’s what works for you, why change it?

    1. mel Post author

      I know, I get that being robotic can kill the creativity…my struggle is that when I get a creative burst I to do anything with it around all the commitments and priorities of real life.


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