Nanowrimo: Reaching 50,000 Words

Nanowrimo Reaching 50,000 Words

Five Nanowrimo blog posts, twelve years of dreaming about writing my own novel, twenty-five long days of reaching my daily word count, and 50,000 words that nobody would ever want to read later, I am officially a Nanowrimo winner.

Just one month ago, I decided on whim to write a blog post about my feelings on Nanowrimo, with no expectation that I would reach 50,000 words or even get to one. I learned about Nanowrimo about three years ago and have always dreamed of the day I would win, but despite my good intentions, I never gave it a try until this year. I always used the excuse that I was too young, or that I didn’t have enough time, or that I wasn’t good enough, but I put all those thoughts aside for the last twenty-five days and did what I never thought was possible: I didn’t give up.

Nanowrimo Winner

I’m still in shock that this day is actually here, but the winner banner is real and very, very beautiful. My story is not quite finished but it is close, and without this challenge I probably never would have started it at all. Right now it’s a complete mess, but it’s less of a complete mess than I expected it would be in the first place, and that in itself is a small victory.

The end of my story is well within view, and I’m happy with how everything came together, even if I did branch off a little from my original outline. In an earlier post I described myself as a planner, but looking back on the month I would say I am definitely more of a plantser, and it worked out well for me. I enjoyed the freedom of new characters introducing themselves by surprise and smaller conflicts cropping up in the middle of something bigger, while still having the structure of an outline and the guarantee that my novel will not reach a dead-end.

I haven’t decided yet whether I will edit this story right away or move on to planning my next project, but one thing I know for sure is that my consistency this month has formed into a new habit, and I don’t plan to take writing out of my daily routine for a long time. I feel this month alone has helped me grow as a writer more than anything else I’ve done before, and I don’t regret participating at all.

Overall, I’m proud of myself for sticking to my goals and working toward something I’ve wanted for so long, and I can’t wait to read my first novel when I’m finally finished. It’s not perfect and I still have plenty of room to grow, but I’m only seventeen and I have my whole life ahead of me to make my writing great, and now I’m confident in my ability to do that.

To anyone else who has reached their 50,000, congratulations! To everyone participating this year, whether you think you’ll make it to the finish line or not, we should all be proud of the hard work we’ve put in this month. And if you aren’t participating and you would like to, why not start now! Even though November is almost over doesn’t mean it’s too late to start something great. You’ll never regret trying.

Thank you all for keeping me motivated and accountable this month, and as always,

Happy writing!

Bailey

25 thoughts on “Nanowrimo: Reaching 50,000 Words

  1. Congratulations, Bailey! I had to chuckle when I saw your post about winning directly after my post about quitting. I’m proud of you for winning, and I’m proud of all of us who step up and try something new to challenge ourselves. Kudos, all!

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  2. Congrats! What an awesome feeling! Share it with people who will appreciate it (and avoid those who think it’s all a big waste of time.)

    I put my Nanowrimo novel away for 8 years before pulling it out and doing a little editing. 🙂 (Make sure you have a copy somewhere on some media that you will keep. I thought my whole novelette was lost until I found a copy on a old laptop.)

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  3. I told you that you were going to do it! Congratulations, and hey, if you ever need someone to edit, look over or what not with your Nanowrimo project (if you do intend to want to publish it or clean it up), I’m happy to give you a hand!

    It’s an awesome feeling, brag about it to everyone you know!

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  4. Congratulations on the win.

    My thoughts on editing is that it’s probably better to wait for a couple months first, to give you time to separate yourself from the story. It’ll make it easier to see the story’s flaws that way. I tried editing a book about a month after I finished it once, and the edit wasn’t really that much of an improvement.

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  5. Congratulations, and well done! Way to see it all the way through to the end. I would probably take some time off for reflection and to gain perspective on what you wrote before you dive back in with the editing, but you know best!

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