And that’s it! NaNoWriMo is over for another year. So, I guess the big question on everyone’s lips is how did I do? Well, have a seat and let me tell you a story, it seems only right! Once upon a time…
Week Four Update
This will be the final NaNoWriMo 2020 post and will cover November 23 to November 30. As there was one day that would have fallen into another week, I decided to combine them and make this an eight-day issue. At the end of last week, I was 4,365 words behind. That meant that I needed to write 17,698 words over the remaining eight days.
This week started off with a couple of odd days. Monday came in below target, Tuesday above target, and then Wednesday happened… another zero words day. That put me almost back to where I started. It was going to require an incredible feat of dedication to win from here, but I’m not the sort of person to give up, especially when I’m essentially competing against myself. I really am my own rival.
So, from Thursday to Monday, I needed to come up with 12,225 words, which is just under two and a half thousand words a day. Before that day, I had managed that many words three times in November. Now, I needed to do it for five days in a row. I’m sure you can see the odds I was up against. I was like a young Erin Jaeger staring up at the colossal titan as it kicked in the gate. If ever I needed to yell and fight my way forward, it was now…
Well, you’ll all be pleased to know that I did it. That’s right I won NaNoWriMo 2020. I’ve laid out the daily breakdown below and I think you’ll agree that I seriously pushed past my limits on day thirty. Plus Ultra!
So, here’s how I did.
- Nov 23 – 1,900 words
- Nov 24 – 3,443 words
- Nov 25 – 0 words
- Nov 26 – 2,659 words
- Nov 27 – 2,107 words
- Nov 28 – 1290 words
- Nov 29 – 2026 words
- Nov 30 – 4,279 words
That’s right, I managed to smash all records for the month with a whopping 4,279 words on the last day and then I even had time to write this post, so I could have done more. However, I didn’t. Now, was a good time to take a mini-break before getting back into it in December. My story is only just reaching the end of the second act, which means I have all the crazy exciting parts of the story to come.
So, I’m going to keep these posts going, although from here on they will assume the title of Author Journey, replacing my usual monthly updates. I’m finding weekly updates are keeping me more focused and accountable. It’s a little more pressure, but if you want to make diamonds, you need a lot of pressure. Anyhow, thanks for joining me on this challenge. Now, we move on and attempt to finish the first draft.