The End (Of NaNoWriMo)

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On the day of posting this, it is November 29th, so not quite the last day of NaNoWriMo. I am glad to say that I have won! In fact, I finished on the 14th, a full two weeks ahead of schedule.

Goals I Had Made

During NaNoWriMo, I was aiming for the standard goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month, by writing an average of 2000 words per day.

I also wanted to attend a write-in, try out the Extreme Harry Potter Word Crawl, and do regular word sprints.

Goals I Had Achieved

On the 14th day I got to my goal of 50,000 words, making this year the fastest year I’ve ever completed NaNoWriMo. I also wrote a whopping 10,001 words in one day, blowing my previous record (of about 6000 words written in one day) out of the water.

Unfortunately, I did not get an opportunity to attend any write-ins this year, be it a physical one or virtual one. There’s always next year though!

While I didn’t host word sprints every Monday and Friday like was planning to, I did do a massive amount of word sprints with my friends in the homeschooler’s forum on the NaNoWriMo site. Doing word sprints with those lovely people definitely helped me get to my word goal.

As for the Extreme Harry Potter Word Crawl, I completed the first 2 years, getting a total of 19,646 from those challenges, and so a good chunk of my novel was completed thanks to that.

Experience Gained

This time NaNoWriMo was very different for me. I was expecting to have a lot more difficulty coming up with what to write, and have little trouble with burnout, but in the end it was the complete opposite.

I didn’t have any difficulties coming up with what to write next, so long as I was just putting one word after the other, but I did start pantsing (writing by the seat of my pants) the story after about the 1/8 mark of the story.

As soon as I finished though, my mind just called it quits. I took a week off from schoolwork, to try to recuperate, but I am still burnt out. Unfortunately, it isn’t just my mind that’s dealing with the burnout, my body has been trying to fight off an illness for quite awhile now.

I hope that once the stresses of the holiday season pass, things will get back to normal. I have definitely learned my lesson about overworking myself. But I am also proud of myself for what I accomplished, even though I was stressed out and sick.

A Huge Thank You

My gratitude goes out first and foremost to the people on the homeschooler’s forum on NaNoWriMo’s site. Without the encouragement, camaraderie, and competition that they provided I would not have finished as soon as I did.

I would also like to thank my loving parents. With their encouragement and support, I was able to get a lot of writing done. The coffee that they made me helped a lot too! Words can not express how grateful I am for their unconditional guidance and love.

Goals for the Future

In the upcoming months I will revise/rewrite my novel. It will be difficult, and it will be a completely new experience for me, but I look forward to the challenge. I am also hoping to have the opportunity to do NaNoWriMo next year.

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