The big news this week is that I inched past the 50k words and on Thanksgiving of all days! If you follow me on Instagram you saw my daily word count posts and my winner post!
I have done NaNo for 6 years now and this is the fastest I have ever won, which gives me great hope that 2018 might finally be the year that I publish my book.
Three things helped me win NaNo early this year:
- PLANNER vs. PANTSER – I am such a planner it isn’t even funny, but this year I had my outline, timeline, character profiles, setting profiles, and several of my scenes all ready to go for November 1st. This is the most prepared I have ever been. Maybe some year I’ll try to be a pantser (writing by the seat of your pants without any prep), but I haven’t been able to do it yet.
- Book in a Month – I read and worked through the exercises in Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt in September and October and it helped me immensely. This book really made me focus on my story, characters, and outline. I really don’t think that I could have won this year without reading this book first.
- Write-ins – I think attending write-ins, either in person or online, is one of the most important parts of winning NaNo. I didn’t attend nearly as many write-ins as I have in the past, but I scheduled my own write-ins, which were scheduled writing sessions at Starbucks two or three times a week. I also took part in the Day of Writing Everywhere and knocked out over 6k words in one day.
While I technically won NaNo by writing 50k words in one month, I still have half of my book to write. In the past, I took December off to regroup, but this year I am going to keep on writing throughout December with the hope of completing the first draft of my book by the end of the year.
I fear that if I put my book away even for a month I will lose my groove, and we all know how difficult that can be to get back.