Woo! It's been a while since I've posted. Sorry for that, but last month was insane! Between finishing a class and having to turn in 26 pages of a film script for it, working on NaNoWriMo, and being extremely sick for 2 weeks, it was just a crazy month.
So, yes, I officially did participate in NaNoWriMo. No, I did not win, but I'm okay with that. I wrote 18,000 words in a week and a half! I was and still am so thrilled! It puts me at about 26k total for my thesis novel. But, after that I got so sick for almost two weeks and couldn't write anything. Since I had a final coming up, that took precedence over NaNo. By the time I was able to function enough to write, I had a week and a half left and it meant I would have to write 3200 words a day in order to finish.
At this point, I decided that I would continue to write every day, but not give myself an insane goal. While it is possible for me to write that much, I worried that I would start to burn out if I didn't go along with my natural flow of writing. Forcing myself to write 1700 words a day for NaNo was easy, but forcing 3200 words? I just couldn't do it.
Even though I didn't "win" I feel like I did what I set out to do. When the whole thing started all I really wanted out of it was to write my novel every day and to get a good section of it written. I did. I'm just over 1/3 finished with the novel at 26,000 words and I intend to make a 1700 word a day goal to finish it up this month, since I need it finished by the end of the year in order to give myself a month away from it before I have to start editing it like crazy starting February. My thesis is due at the end of May, I believe, so I want to be sure to have a few months to edit, send to a couple writing partners and then re-edit. So, December has unofficially become my PeNoWriMo or "Personal Novel Writing Month". Haha!
[READER QUESTION] If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do? If you didn't participate, how many words per day do you usually write?