Looking Back at NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo is over. I finished the month with 50,078 words spread across several projects. I was a rebel, but I accomplished a lot over the course of the month.


During NaNoWriMo I finally wrote the final scenes of The Dreams. This story took forever. It sprawled out over 220,000 words. Finishing it was a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m relieved and overwhelmed at the same time. I’m over the first hurdle and realizing how much work lies ahead of me. I only managed to post two chapters during November. The extra writing made it difficult to revise, but the extra writing did allow me to finish the novel writing part of the process. The last two chapters of The Dreams will be posted this month. I can hardly believe it.

I wrote a significant chunk of the first draft of my next serial novel, Inbetween, during NaNoWriMo as well. This is a story that I’ve been playing around with off and on since 2007 and I like to think I’m finally giving it the life it deserves. The first draft is being posted to my Patreon, but the second draft will be posted here after The Dreams is completed.

After writing so much in November, I can feel myself getting mired in a writing slump. I pushed to get a chapter of The Dreams ready for Saturday and after that, I collapsed in a boneless heap and haven’t mustered the energy for more writerly endeavors since then. I’m trying to move on and get back to work, but it isn’t working so far.

I don’t want to let you guys down. That motivates me to figure out what’s going on in my own mind and find a solution. I will figure it out and I will get back to writing soon. I wanted to thank everyone for their support and encouragement during all my writing insanity during November.

How did NaNoWriMo go for you? Did you win or lose? Are you happy with your draft or is it getting shoved in the back of a drawer? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Looking Back at NaNoWriMo 2016

  1. congratulations on winning! I managed to win too and saw my first draft through to the end. It’s workable but I’m far from happy with it. I feel like my first revision will be close to a total rewrite, but I gave myself some good elements to work with in my first draft. It’s so exciting!


    • Congratulations! I think a lot of early revision are almost full rewrites. Looking back at what I wrote I can see so many things that need to be added and changed and I know it will change the manuscript almost completely.

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  2. Congratulations! I managed to squeak through at the last minute and I’m super excited about getting to work on the second draft. Probably in January though, because holidays and work and freelance work.


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