Writers, did you make it to the finish line?

Did you write during the NaNoWriMo challenge?

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo but I’m curious about those who have. Knowing how other writers handle the pressure of spitting out 50k words in 30 days fascinates me. Because I agonize over every sentence and rewrite too many paragraphs. Y’all gotta tell me your secret. How do you manage to write so fast?

You’ve probably heard about the terms, plotter, and pantser, but me I’m a plodder. Often taking one step forward and two steps back. I write one word at a time, plodding along as if I’ve all the time in the world. Sigh…

I really need to learn how to speed up my writing and not get squirrelly over every jot and tiddle.

Do tell! 

How many words do you write every day?

Did you finish the challenge?

Did you quit? Why?

How do you manage to balance life responsibilities and the pressure of NaNoWriMo? Especially over the holidays!

Did participating in NaNoWriMo lead to a successful novel?

Don’t want to write a long comment?

That’s okay. Just type- “I DID.” 

 I’m also curious as to how many writers participated in NaNoWriMo, successfully or not.

See, I have lots of questions, and can’t wait to hear about your experience.

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what NaNoWriMo is all about, I’ve added a few links.

National Novel Writing Month

Online Creative Writing Courses for NaNoWriMo Participants …

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2017? Caution! – Jerry Jenkins

NaNoWriMo Is Big for Writers—and It Helps Publishers, Too




17 thoughts on “Writers, did you make it to the finish line?

      1. Not directly, but writing 50K words in 30 days shows a level of discipline that could be used for marketing oneself as an author. That and a personal challenge were my reasons for wanting an actual “win.” Otherwise, the NaNo process is not the best way for me to write books.

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  1. Nope, I didn’t finish this year. I’m a planster (think that’s what it’s called, meaning part plotter, part panster). So I planned what would go in each chapter, but I got 25,705 words and my novel took an unexpected turn which threw me off. I was already a few days behind so I just stopped there until I can figure out how to proceed. I have a problem writing every day with the day job and falling asleep right after dinner some nights. The days I write, I can write 2K or more easily.

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  2. I made it to the end! This is the first year I’ve ever done NaNoWriMo. It was a blast, but a lot of work!
    Here are my answers to your questions:
    How many words do you write every day? I wrote as few as 700 one day and over 10k another (that was crazy)
    Did you finish the challenge? Yup! I finished my whole book on Nov. 23. It felt so good!
    How do you manage to balance life responsibilities and the pressure of NaNoWriMo? Especially over the holidays! I planned it out big time! I kept a blog journal and updated it each day so people could see how the progress was going. I also took three weeks off work and took a writing retreat. That helped. 🙂
    For me, the key is to have the story planned out ahead of time and then to not worry about making it perfect. Just get it down. Once it’s down, you can always correct all the problems!
    Thanks for your post!

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