NaNoWriMo 2007: I Win (Now Back to Work)

NaNoWriMo 2007 Winner Yesterday I passed the 50,000 word goal necessary to succeed at NaNoWriMo. I didn’t do quite as good as last year, which probably stems from the state of the outline going into November. It still has some holes, but it’s in better shape now then when I started. I don’t think I learned anything new from the process, but it was great to get back into serious a daily writing ritual (a process I started before November to be sure I was prepared). It’s also great to have 55% of a new novel down in first draft form. The trick will be keeping at it for the next 40,000 words. I can’t keep up this pace, but I plan to not drop below 1,000 words a day. I didn’t intend to take today off from writing, but life had other plans. I want to thank the folks who cheered me on via twitter. It really was a great motivator (and one I hope to keep using now that NaNoWriMo is over). I’d also like to thank the folks behind The NanoMonkeys podcast, both for the daily advice, and for giving me a chance to try my hand at podcasting1 and risking the reputation of their Parsec Award nominated podcast in the process. I hope other writers who listened found my advice useful. And of course, thanks to my family for putting up with the hectic schedule that allowed me to succeed. Congratulations to everyone else who reached their goal this month. I hope everyone who tried, whether they succeeded or not, came out of the experience with something positive.

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4 Comments

  1. Kate says:

    :) Awesome. Congratulations.

    November was a little hellish for me this year, so my writing (blogging rather so I don’t offend short story and book authors) has slowed down. My goal for the next year is to develop material on which I can create coherent articles. Maybe next year I can be part of NaNoWriMo too.

  2. Jay says:

    Thanks Kate! Now I need to get back to writing daily so I finish it off (shouldn’t be hard, but things seem to have conspired against me so far).
    I also have a number of articles that I want to post here about, but I need to organize them a bit better.

  3. nlowell says:

    Conga-rats on the 50k, Jay. This year was my first NaNoWriMo, too, and I managed to get the whole thing done … all 97,000 words of it … by the end of the month. I *had* to because I wanted to record the podiobook by the end of the year :)

    The resulting effort is now available at http://podiobooks.com/title/south-coast … now … i wonder if I can make it into an “audiobook” :)

  4. Jay says:

    Hey Nathan! Thanks. Congratulations to you as well. That’s impressive!

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