I was excited to try NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I’ve published Book 1 and 2 of my Crossroads trilogy, Survival of the Fittest and The Quest for Home. I had general ideas on Book 3–Against All Odds–that would wrap the trilogy up but not a story. I was eager to try the NaNo approach–throw everything on the page and rethink it all in December.
Here were my specific pre-NaNoWriMo goals:
- Finish my outline by the end of October
- Add about five pages a day to the draft which would conceptually meet the NaNoWriMo 50,000 words
But it didn’t work:
- It took my until November 8th to finish the draft–which put me about 12,000 words behind the curve.
- When I transferred the draft from a spreadsheet to Word, it came out to 64,000ish words. I didn’t want another 50,000 words–that would be too long for a final book.
I added about 27,000 words to the original count which I’ll log in because I plan to try again next year. But next year, I’ll make a few changes:
- I should have counted the drafting I did November 1-8 as ‘writing’. I don’t think there’s any rule prohibiting that.
- I’m going to draft out the final two books of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy next year. I’ll need about 160,000 words for both of those, maybe 100,000 for the draft, which should work fine for a NaNoWriMo approach.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Winter 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning