November 30th, 2021

computer typing

NaNoWriMo Day 30 -- Goal achieved!! 9092 / 9000 (101%)

I reached my goal!!

Words written during November: 9092 / 9000 (101%)
Writing days: 30/30
Average no. of words written each day: 303

I can hardly believe I did it! Of course 9000 words is nothing compared to the real NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month, but I was writing in my second language so trying to push for more would have just led to failure.

I actually completed the challenge yesterday after doing 4 x 30 minute sessions for a best ever daily total of 640 words which just pushed me over the finish line. I did that because I could see I was within reach of the end but today is shopping day and we're supposed to be meeting someone who has a DVD of data to pass on to us, so I was concerned that I might not have enough time or energy to write and thus miss the goal by a tiny amount, which would have been extremely frustrating. I added a final 42 words this morning, just a couple of sentences to round off the scene and ensure that I could get the badge on the NaNo site for writing every single day.

So what next?

I will definitely carry on with this story. It's excellent practice for improving my Welsh and I've got interested in the characters. The 9000 NaNo words are only the opening chapters. I think it will run to at least 30,000 words, possibly longer. However, I'll set a slower pace from now on, one that I can maintain while working on other projects and also allowing time for further planning.

Right now my next step is to draw up a time-line to keep track of who is doing what, where and when. Otherwise, as the story gets more complicated, I'll end up introducing continuity errors that will take a lot of time and effort to untangle.

Finally, I was very grateful for the relaxed NaNoWriMo Facebook group I joined. There are lots of NaNo groups on various forums but most are people aiming for the official 50,000 target and posting my daily word counts of 200-400 words would have looked so pathetic. Being able to join in with others, most of whom had also set their own goals, really helped with the motivation and got me writing fiction again after a break of several years.