Pens down my lovelies, NaNoWriMo is officially over and like many others I am sad to see it come to an end. So like last year lets talk about the madness 🙂
How Was NaNoWriMo? Outline? Changes? Process?
NaNoWriMo started off great. I stuck with my loose outline (order of places hit) and I managed to beat 1666 words everyday for the first week. And then everything went downhill from there. I entered a writing slump and I started binge watching Fairy Tail (who for those who don’t know is roughly 24 minute 182 episodes and 2 movies. So yeah I wasted a lot of time instead of writing. Then when I finally finished catching up on Fairy Tail I read two christmas books. Only after all that did I start writing again which was difficult because I knew how I wanted the story to go in-depth but I couldn’t seem to put the right words to capture it. Needless to say the revising stage is going to kill me.
There were a few surprises though, when I thought my writing would go one way only to end up going somewhere unexpected. Originally I wanted only 3 narratives but I ended up with 6. I also came up with new characters and subplot revolving around them because I found the concept of having an Order sanctioned by the Church & Police quite Fascinating. For the most bit Part 1 remained how I wanted it to and ended exactly how I wanted it to end. I know Part 2 however is going to end up differing greatly from what I originally wrote in my outline because of the added characters.
So yeah that is how everything is going in regards to the process, changes and outline. I just realized know that most of what I wrote above doesn’t make a lot of sense seeing as you can’t see it so to sum it up things are going good there were a few changes that will affect my outline later on but otherwise everything is good.
That aside have some stats:
Days 15-30 Word Count: 7,210 words
Total Word Count: 26,138 words
Days 15-30 Pages Written: 35 pages
Total Pages: 132 pages
Days 15-30 Chapters Completed: I’ve completed 1 and a half chapters (rest of Chapter 8 and all of Chapter 9)
Total Chapters Completed: Chapters 1-9 and the first page of Chapter 10
Finished or Not? Did I Meet My Goals?
I am far from finished. Originally my goal was to do a chapter a day, but that plan failed rather spectacularly so by Midpoint of NaNoWriMo I decided to change my goal to something a little more doable. My new goal was to at least finish Part 1 which I also didn’t complete but I am so close. After a few changes Part 1 is officially going to end with Chapter 10 so I am so close to meeting my goal but not quite there yet.
So What Now?
Well just because NaNoWriMo is over doesn’t mean my Project is too. This December I plan on continuing my writing and am going to try to write a little every day. So my December writing goals are:
- Finish Chapter 10 (Part 1)
- Start Chapter 11 (Part 2)
- Get a third of Part 2 written before the New Year
Of course writing won’t be the highest thing on my to-do list with Christmas and Yule coming up as well as Tistheseasonathon, but I don’t want to completely put The Stein Legacy aside for the holiday season because I would love to start revising it in February. Honestly I would be happy if I can get any amount of writing done because every word counts to finishing my project all the sooner.
Overall I am going to say 2018 NaNoWriMo was both a success and a fail. It was a failure because I couldn’t meet any of my goals but it was a success because I managed to write 9 chapters when at the start of the month I had nothing. I know where my story is going and I feel semi confident with my characters so all in all I am pretty happy with this year’s NaNoWriMo.
*For the last 15 days I was listening to Gimmie Sympathy by Metric, Say My Name by David Guetta, Babe Rexha & J Balvin, and Fiance by Mino on repeat.