NaNoWriMo 2017 – Final Update

Well, that’s it. The final write-in is finished, the Thank God It’s Over party has been held, and NaNoWriMo 2017 is officially over and done. This year was definitely a struggle for all of us in more ways than one, but we’ve made it to the end, and we’re all celebrating surviving another year of NaNo, no matter where our final goals ended up.

Here are our personal wrap-ups for the month:

Total word count: 50,000
Word count for day 30: 50,000

Rebekah – 50,175 words

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so relieved to have a November over with. NaNoWriMo in and of itself was fine, it’s just all the OTHER stuff that went on that made the month (and, consequently, creativity) really difficult.

I crossed the finish line at roughly 11:17 pm on Nov 30. Because of Serena’s health fiasco at the end of Oct/beginning of Nov, I was never able to finish my story outline, and I had ONE SCENE left on it when I hit 50k. This 50k is maybe 1/3 of the story.

I still like my story idea, but I’m not sure how much of any of what I wrote this month is going to stay when I hit revisions. I do know a lot more about my characters, but my worldbuilding was non-existent. It’s definitely not my worst first draft ever, but the story has some serious structure problems at the moment. However, it’s now Dec, so I’m going to set that aside for a while and pick up a novella that I had started revising in Oct, and hopefully finish that this month. I also have revisions to work on for Catalyst. A writer’s life means… always have works-in-progress!

Michelle – 51,706 words

I hit 50,000 words during the first Box of Doom at our Last Chance write-in… and then promptly lost 200 words to the NaNo validator. XD After some minor shrieking and flailing, I got back to work and scrabbled my way back over the finish line.

Like Rebekah, I never got enough of an outline written at the beginning of the month (really bad when you’re a plotter), so a lot of this month felt like rapidly flinging tracks down in front of myself before the train got to them, so to speak. Fortunately, I did meet my goal in that I got further through the story than I had the previous time, and I have gotten enough outlined that I feel like I can keep writing. Plus, it was so nice to get back to these characters and spend time with them. I look forward to maybe finishing this draft in 2018!

Eris – 18,813 “words”

Well, apparently I do have some sort of strange self-defeating NaNo curse. Even numbered years I win, odd numbered years I lose, and this year is no different. I came in with 18,813 “words,” which translates to about nine and a half pieces of artwork done, and the rest were the beginnings of a story my muse kicked at me halfway through the month. I’m no where near where I wanted to be, art wise. Looks like I’m going to have to continue to draw frantically all through December as well.

Lissa – 7 hrs 14 mins (out of 50)
So it turns out this year I didn’t really participate in NaNo as I had hoped. I got a little writing done at home and had a great write-in the one day I made it to one. But sometimes that’s how it goes. The main key is not giving up before you even try. I’ll be taking December off to relax, enjoy the season, and try to drop my stress level from the dozen life things currently piled on me. Looking forward to starting 2018 with a clear mind and hopeful goals to create lots of new work.

Serena – 87,000 words

In fine NaNo tradition, I have the traditional response to the end of NaNo and the beginning of . . . wait, Thanksgiving is behind us? It’s December? Wait, what? Aah what happened! I’m not ready for any of this!

In seriousness, though, I’m really happy with how I finished out NaNo this year. I hit 50k on the day of our last update, and while I still didn’t make my usual goal of 100k (I was not trying, not this year) I pulled off an 11.5k day working on a really engrossing story for the last day of NaNoWriMo, and ended with a far higher wordcount than I anticipated! (Hard to think that a month ago I was wondering if I could even pull NaNo off at all this year. I’m so pleased – and honestly, proud of myself – for this month’s accomplishments!) In fine tradition for myself, I was writing right up until 11:58pm Thursday night – and I picked up with it again about ten minutes later.

Oh, and that 11.5k day? It’s the most I’ve ever written in a single NaNo day before (although not the most I’ve written in a single day). That story really wanted to be told!

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