Sunday 30 November 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 - I'm a Winner!

Just a quick update for anyone who's been tracking my NaNoWriMo progress via the blog: 

*drum roll*

 I'm a winner!

I actually 'won' NaNoWriMo this year with a few days to spare - which is a total first for me! 

I had a lot of fun with my project this year, and I plan to keep working on it as it's a total mess right now and the draft is nowhere near completed even at 50k. The story is nothing like the story I started with. At first it was light and fluffy, then it turned into something supernatural before becoming a plain old murder mystery. None of those stuck. Right now it's an issue laden YA contemp. Let's see where it goes from here!

Also, contgrats to all my 'writing buddies' who won and took part in NaNoWriMo this year. I know lots of you won this year too!

Here's my takeaway from NaNoWriMo.

I like that NaNoWriMo gets me writing.
I like the daily word count - having a daily goal really keeps me on track.
I like the discipline of it all. To win NaNoWriMo you have to write every day (at least I do).
I've found that when the chips are down and I fall 5k words behind - that I can catch up if I put my mind to it!
It's a lot of fun!

I don't write fast enough for NaNoWriMo. I mean, I know I won, but the words I write during NaNo are never very high quality. And I'm not just saying that - I like to edit as I go and that's not really possible with NaNoWriMo - not if you want to stay on track.

I still think NaNoWriMo is worth it, though; just getting all those words down and brainstorming new ideas is worth something. So, I guess I'll be back next year!

Did you take part in NaNoWriMo this year? 

If so, how did it go for you?


  1. Brilliant news - I knew you'd do it :D. I didn't take part this year but I've loved it every time I've taken part!x

  2. Thanks, Carly! Very surprised I did it with time to spare. First time that's ever happened!

  3. Well done!! I tried taking part and I got to 12k words, but I was just too busy to finish... maybe next year though :)

  4. ChristinaBookAddict1 December 2014 at 02:00

    Yay! So happy we both won this year! I completely agree with you regarding your "cons" about Nano. I was completely rushed and I am not done either…the quality also isn't that great. I am amazed with how you got caught up and then finished with time to spare! Way to go!! :)

  5. Congrats on winning! I agree with your pros and cons. I'm still on the fence about whether I will do it again next year but I definitely recommend that writers who are serious about writing do it at least once. It gets you in the habit of writing every day.

  6. Kat @ Perusing Bookshelves1 December 2014 at 10:32

    Congratulations! I'm happy for you :) I always put off taking part in NaNiWriMo every year but I think I'm going to push myself to join in next year! It sounds so fun!

  7. Thanks! I had all great intentions to keep on working on my project this week but it didn't happen at all! I guess I need that daily word goal to motivate me!

  8. It does - and I really like having a daily word goal. It really motivates me to get those words down!

  9. It is fun! You should totally try it! :)

  10. It really does take up a lot of time - I needed to write every day to get there in the end!


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