The NaNo Diaries: Finishing 13 Days Early


Did that just really happen? Yes! Yes it did! I finished writing 50,000 words 13 days ahead of schedule.

Just in case anybody doubts my literary prowess.

I never in a million years thought I would be able to type my own work of fiction in under 30 days. This is so unbelievable. Of course, I have been working part-time and I have been able to spend a lot more time dedicated to writing this year than any other.

The rest of the month will be spent on polishing up the work I’ve just written. I have hopes on getting this book traditionally published if I can. I’ll walk you through the rest of this process if you want me to.

I’m so exhausted but so happy it hurts. I can’t stop smiling.

The NaNo Diaries: End of Week 1

Day #5

     The first week is wrapping up for National Novel Writing Month. Personally, I have met much success in my writing. I came off cold at first, with Day #1 offering me no time to sit down and type out any word count for the day. I was off to a wonderful start from the starting line. Preparation time was rough as well, as I was unable to write up a usable outline in time prior to the start of November. I love writing outlines, and I highly recommend writing an outline.

     I was having a hard time at first coming up with a good idea to take me through the month as well. In my mind, I had strict criteria that my book would have to meet prior to me starting. I wanted a book which:

  1. Stands Alone – This idea of having a sole book instead of a series went out the window almost entirely by the end of the second day as I wrote drafts to three stories. I have a bad habit of almost always coming up with series ideas as I write a novel; there is so much to explore.
  2. Low Fantasy Fiction – I didn’t want to get involved too much in world building this year, and preferred some sort of realistic fiction. I was leaning hard on the idea of horror because of writing so much about the genre in October. Horror is a great genre which has so much potential to eventually write, but this book is not going to be the one.
  3. A New Idea – I have so many half-baked ideas of novels sitting in files within my computer. I had no interest in re-constructing one of those novels for this year’s writing challenge. I wanted to focus my attention on something new entirely and then go from there.

Instead I am working on a fantasy novel which will potentially be in a series, depending on how far 60,000 words will get me. I will be limiting myself to keep under 65,000 (Game of Thrones length this will not be). This novel has been floating around for at least a decade and can be found in many forms on my computer or in notebooks under my bed. I have instead deconstructed it over many times, using the characters as my own personal stock characters for writing instead. I have used these characters to write about whenever I hadn’t found anything else to inspire me. Just short ideas or scenes here or there, so it would be about time for me to create something based solely on them.  

How is everyone else’s week of writing going?