I love all the graphs and charts NaNoWriMo gives us to track our month of writing so I thought I’d share some of mine with you.
I won NaNoWriMo this year which felt pretty great after not getting anywhere close last year. However, as soon as I realized I’d hit that 50k goal I lost all my momentum. As soon as I finished that thought, I was done for the night.
I was really, really consistent for the first few days of the month. I shocked myself with my consistency. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled that off before and I’ve done NaNoWriMo every year since 2006.
I had a couple rough patches though the month but I was lucky enough to find the time and energy to make up for the days I could barely write.
This chart makes it really clear which days were my bad days. Some of these days I could barely stand looking at screens because I had a migraine. I was unlucky enough to have two migraines during November. Two of my bad writing days were because I was lucky enough to spend time with friends so at least those days weren’t bad overall.
Here’s a different view of the same stats. Things were really up and down in the middle of the month!
This statistic is pretty accurate, but I’d probably say I write the most between 9PM and 12AM. However, I wrote a lot more during the day this year than I had in the past. I tended to update the NaNoWriMo site around 11PM each night and then scramble to write enough to get caught up or as close to caught up as I could by midnight. Most nights once midnight hit I was done writing and started to wind down and get ready for bed.
I did it! I won NaNoWriMo. Last year I didn’t manage to win but this year I got back on track.
It took a couple days of focused writing there at the end to make it, but I did it.
Now I’m going to rest and take a little time away from writing before I pick a project to continue.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today and happy Thursday to everyone else!
I’m thankful for all of you and all my writing friends across the internet.
We’re in the final stretch of NaNoWriMo for this year. I’m behind again, which is normal. I’m actually less behind than I am most years at this time. That gives me hope for winning this month.
Hopefully everyone else writing this month is on track to win. If you have a long holiday weekend I hope you are able to use some of that time to write.