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    jannert Who? Whooo? Staff Supporter Contributor

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    So ...how did you folks do with NaNoWriMo in 2019?

    Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by jannert, Dec 5, 2019.

    Just wondered how the folks who were participating in the 2019 adventure got on. Did you stick with it to the end? Did you reach your 50,000 words? What are your thoughts about the experience?
     
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    I did not get on with it. Gave up at the beginning, then ended up getting slammed with nearly 50000 words of college essays, tests, and online discussion. Only found enough time to get two poems and a flash done this month. Good on anybody who could do it.
     
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    I wrote about 61,000 words (on one story and over 15,000 words in key scene events for a potential sequel to it). i didnt think I would stick with it, but once I got going, I carried the momentum on through the month.
     
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    What a fantastic result. Congratulations! Do you think you'll be able carry on writing at that sort of pace (or near enough?) If so, you'll be 'done' in no time at all. It's writers who are prolific like that who can really build a career. I realise there will probably be lots of editing to do, but you'll have a solid framework in place.
     
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    jannert Who? Whooo? Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Yeah, the timing of the event just doesn't work for everybody. November (and December) are always the kinds of months where I have lots else going on. Even back when I was furiously writing every day, I had to slack off at that time. Pre-Christmas, and all that. Plus if something is going to go 'wrong' during a year, that's when it will happen. Jinxed.
     
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    I figured out what to write on November 25th, LOL!
     
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    J.T. Woody Creature of Quarantine Contributor

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    There in lies the challenge.... Day 6 of December and I've only written 2,000 words :(
    I thought it was because i was focused on my finals. But I turned in my finals on Tuesday and I havent been as productive as I'd like in my writing and it bugs me....
     
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    Well, I may have written almost nothing in November. But, I'm having a great NaDecWriMo. Lol
     
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    I cheated... I started in October because it was my first time and I didn't believe in myself. Turns out I was wrong! By the end of November, I wrote nearly 90k words and had started a second draft. The new layout of the site definitely helped. I know the badges and total word count bar filling up were psychological tricks, but I'm a sucker for them. I swear I wrote faster and more every time I got close to getting another badge.
     
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    I'm delighted to hear it was such a huge success for you. Okay, you started in October, but nearly 90k words is a fantastic result. The whole point of the exercise, I suspect, is simply to get people writing. Obviously it did that for you.

    Once you get a first draft done, you have something to work with, and editing isn't all that awful an experience as some seem to think it will be. It's the time when you work on perfecting what you wrote. And who doesn't want to see their own writing get better? Anyway, congratulations. I hope you keep it up.
     
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    Terribly during the actual time limit set by NaNo. I finished the month with just shy of 30k.

    But, the adventure made me eschew my analytical mind for that period of time. I just wrote and wrote and wrote and did not look back.

    I'm now 90k-ish into the piece, having cannibalized portions of another story that I had not thought of as a prototype when I wrote it, but which clearly was exactly that when I started with the NaNo project.
     
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    Spank me, for the farthest I got was to droll at their cups this year... And to invest my time in everything but writing.
    Finished a couple of Nanos long ago. On both years I had no plot, no characters, a lot of distractions around, and I made up the story as I went along. For sure psychiatry's researches would pay for that sort of thing.
    Both experiences felt quite enjoyable. Exhausting but enjoyable. Made me feel more of a storyteller than a writer.
    Maybe the next year.
     
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    I did some writing, but boy do I prefer a threaded forum such as this one for discussions. Their site is too social-media-like for me.
     

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