NaNoWriMo 2017 Diary - I WON!

NaNoWriMo 2017 Diary - I WON!

Day 30 of  NaNoWriMo 2017, and a NaNoWriMo Diary update! It is a bittersweet feeling to know you wrote 50K words of a cohesive rough draft in 30 days. I already planned out my next NaNoWriMo and Camps until 2019 ends. You can see those goals and plans at the end of this post.

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NaNoWriMo Diary 2017 Last Day

Nov 30 – 63,916, Today’s Total Words: 6,643

-Notes: Typed in all my handwriting this morning, and was shocked to see the word count that I actually wrote away from my computer. I am noticing a trend in my writing here. The days I wrote in the traditional sense, my word counts per day were higher than when I sat at the computer and typed. I find the words flow easier when I have a pen or pencil in my hand. Maybe it’s because I am from the generation that computers weren’t as advanced as they are now, and were not commonplace in everyone’s homes. I started writing the traditional way, even though I have a tech-minded brain, writing in traditional methods might be the way I should go.

Regardless the method of how I decide to write my next book, I will continue to use Scrivener. This year was the first NaNoWriMo that I had Scrivener for, and I have to say, creating an outline with scene cards in the program made this year’s NaNoWriMo a more enjoyable experience for me. I had a full game plan all in one place. Instead of leafing through a notebook to remind myself what is supposed to happen next, I only have to click a button, and my whole scene card list appears in seconds. Saves time, and most importantly, keeps that word flow still fresh in your head.

While writing away from my computer, I managed to free write a few new plot lines and twists that I never expected to show up, nor planned for at the beginning. They may end up in the final edit; they may find their way into the next book. We shall see how the pieces of the last edit puzzle fit. Those scenes that I may not use in this book may spark something cool for the next one.

I have six more chapters to finish in this rough draft. I plan on getting the rough done by the New Year. I would like to have it done before the holiday madness ensues, but I know that will be an unrealistic goal. Mid-January, I will come back to this rough draft and read it over with a fresh set of eyes.

When this book is finished and ready to publish, I am dedicating it to my Great Uncle Mick. My Uncle Mick lost his two-year-long battle with lung cancer, yesterday, Nov 29th, 2017. He was a wonderful man who I loved dearly, and a large part of my own sense of humor was learned from him. His memory will continue to inspire me for many years to come.

I didn’t accomplish my lifetime word goal this year. There is always next year. If I manage to write 50K again next November, I will have 233,916 lifetime NaNoWriMo words. I may just shoot for 250,000!

NaNoWriMo Diary 2017


Below are more images of my final word counts and accomplishments for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

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Future NaNoWriMo Plans:

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018: Finalize the last edit of Rise of Orelium

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018: Jellybones short story to novel adaptation, or write an anthology of horror. (Haven’t decided on which at the time of this writing.)

NaNoWriMo 2018: RunemageThe Runemaster Trilogy Book 2. (High Fantasy, World of Orelium book)

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019: Runes Of Power – The Runemaster Trilogy Book 3 (High Fantasy, World of Orelium Book) Rough Draft

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2019: Runes Of Power – The Runemaster Trilogy Book 3 (High Fantasy, World of Orelium Book) Final Draft

NaNoWriMo 2019: Child of the Cuartan – The Thiefspell Saga Book 1 (High Fantasy, World of Orelium Book)

Your Turn!

Thank you for following along! Let me know how your experience went in the comments below. If you didn’t do NaNoWriMo, let me know your thoughts about the process and if you are considering joining the team next year.

Inara Reynolds is a freelance writer, poet, author of short stories and creator of a few fantasy worlds. She has written character classes for various role playing games, as well as modules.

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