The end of the challenge.

nano-2018-winner-badgeSo, another NaNoWriMo has come and gone and I can breathe a sigh of relief. It was a tough month in some ways and in others, it more fun that any one person ought to be allowed to have. I finished the next story in my Cold Shivers Nightmare titles. I’ll let it sit for a day or two and then start the edit and then send it off to my editor. I would love to say it will be published before Christmas, but that might be pushing it a little.

Just as with any challenge to get a certain amount of work done in a certain number of days, you come up against days when you don’t even want to look at the project. I definitely ran up against some days like that during the month of November.

The only thing to do in that case is sit down and power through something, even if you come up well short of the daily total needed to reach your goal. Get something down on paper! It’s a lot better to write 500 words instead of the intended 1700 words than to just blow the day off and write nothing. At least you’ll feel good about the 500 words and who knows? Maybe the next day you find the muse guiding your fingers and you blast through 2500 words.

I have a couple of days where I wrote 4000 or even 5000+ words. Those were good days. Those are the days when the story seems to be writing itself. I just finished the last chapter a few hours ago and it was a blast to write. Over 3200 words that just flowed.

When I started the month with 0 on the word counter, I had serious doubts that I could get 70K words written by the end of the month. I know I did 103K a couple of years ago, but then ended up not using hardly any of those words. And at the end of that month I was so drained I didn’t even want to think of doing any writing. This time, with 71K words in the can, I feel a lot better, I have more strength and I’m looking forward to starting the edit. I’m actually going to have to force myself to leave the story alone for a couple of days. I have a couple of others I can work on so that should take my mind off it.

How did you do during NaNoWriMo 2018? Let me know in the comments. And keep writing.

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