NaNoWriMo Week 3 Review

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The third week of NaNoWriMo 2015 is in the books!

This is my first NaNoWriMo, and it has been quite an experience for me.

With the second week behind us, it’s time to take a look and see how it went.

I plan to continue to post a weekly “recap” throughout November, and I will take a look back at the whole thing at the end.

The third week was a huge week for me, because I became a NaNoWriMo Winner!

I hit – and surpassed – the 50,000 word mark early Sunday morning.

Okay.  Fine.  Technically Sunday is the first day of Week 4 as opposed to the last day of Week 3.  But let’s not be too technical about the accomplishment, huh?

I am tremendously proud of myself.  It is no small thing to write 50,000 words in a month, much less in 22 days.  I’ve also managed to stick with my personal goal of writing at least 1,667 words every day throughout November, no matter how far ahead I get.

At this point, I’m planning to continue the 1,667+ word per day pace through the end of November.  I still have more story to write.

I’m also excited, because I’ve reached the climax of the story.  In fact, as of today, I’m probably at the climax of the climax.

Even more important is that I still like my story.  I might need a few weeks away from it at the end of November, but I think it’s among the better pieces I’ve written to date.

To be fair, though, at the sadistic pace of 1,667 words per day, I’m sure I’ve missed many horrible mistakes.  No problem.  Embracing the Suck is a key part of NaNoWriMo.



I finished the week with a total of 48,806 words(Editor’s Note: I’ll include Sunday’s writing that brought me over the 50K hump in next week’s review.)

If I subtract last week’s 35,851, that puts this week’s total at 12,955 words, with a daily average of 1,851 words.  That’s over the daily 1,667 mark but my least successful week thus far.  I struggled to get my daily totals earlier this week due to time constraints and a general weariness with the NaNoWriMo grind.

If I continue to write 1,851 per day for the rest of November, I’ll be due to finish with 65,292 words.

If I think about where my story goes and how much is left to write, I suspect 65K won’t be quite enough to finish it.

I’m going to have a lot of time off over the next week with Thanksgiving, so maybe I will be able to bump up my production to finish off the story.


Lesson Learned

The lesson learned this week was the importance of staring your frustration dead in the eye and working through it.

I joked on the forums that the first week of writing is easy because of the excitement of beginning.  The second week isn’t too bad as you get to see your story take shape.  The fourth week projects as easy, because there is the glow of finally finishing, of goals being met.

But the third week is a grind.

It was.

But I faced it and won.

How has your NaNoWriMo 2015 been?  Give me a shout in the comments, and good luck with Week 4!

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