Saturday, November 21, 2020

Let's Chat... #NaNoWriMo

Hello, friends! Yet again this year, I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. I feel like I've been pretty tight-lipped about it so far, so I thought it'd be fun to talk about it here. 

This is my 8th NaNoWriMo, so I figured I'd walk us through my previous years...

2013: This was my first year. A couple of other girls in my high school gym class and I all participated together. It was actually a super cool experience, because we'd work on it on our own time and then whenever we saw each other in class we'd talk about our progress. 

I won 2013 with 50,203 words to a YA project called Apollo. 

2014: This one coincided with my first semester of college. So while I entered it with the highest of hopes, I didn't do quite as well. 

I lost 2014 with 11,198 words on a NA romance called Little Imperfections.

2015: I...don't entirely remember what happened this year. I think I had trouble picking a project. And then I went with one I'd done a lot of prep work on. I actually still love my idea for this one...hmm. I guess I got stuck in NaNo *shrugs*

I lost 2015 with 19,026 words on a YA with witches called Oath Bound.

2016: Oh, this was a great NaNo year for me. I'd worked on a project I'd been tinkering with for YEARS.  

I won 2016 with 54,683 words on a YA paranormal called Peacekeeper.

2017: Okay, so I wrote a whole lot of words this year. However, they were split between fanfic and an original. So it wasn't a whole chunk of words focused in one place, it was an okay amount of words spread across multiple things. That said...

I won 2017 with 62,549 words on my main Twilight FF at the time, a YA contemporary romance called Truth by Truth, and another FF story or two.

2018: I'd intended to work on two projects this year (like 25k to one and 25k to another), but instead I just ended up writing a lot of fanfic. It was fun, though.

I won 2018 with 50,019 words of fanfiction.

2019: lol. This was my absolute worst year of NaNo. I was in the process of finishing my last semester of college while also looking for a job in my field for after I graduated. I actually ended up getting hired for my current job in Nov 2019. So, yeah...I didn't get much writing done.

I lost 2019 with 0 words :(

Now for 2020...

I'm working on a contemporary romance with a slow burn called Drown. I love the idea, but I kind of don't love how it's turning out. It might be partly due to the fact that this was supposed to be my 2019 project that never happened so quite some time has passed since I had the idea. I'm hoping I'll be able to fix it up into something not terrible, but we'll see. I AM definitely having fun writing again. It has been such a stressful year that I haven't gotten nearly as much writing done as I'd hoped.

Oh! Wow, I almost forgot. The first chunk of this year’s words went to fanfiction. I wasn’t sure I wanted to work on this particular original idea so instead of wasting more time I wrote words for FF before deciding for sure on Drown. All my words this past week had been on Drown so I almost forgot to mention the FF portion here, hah.

Current status for #NaNoWriMo2020: on track with 33,841 words (which is almost a miracle because I started so late!--I didn't start this year until after the election, for obvious stress reasons)

Now, I'd love to hear from you! Have you ever participated in NaNo? Are you participating this year? Tell me all the things! :)

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