I survived NaNoWriMo 2021 and ended up with quite a few more words than I anticipated. I finished things off with six straight hours of online write-ins (hosted by various MLs in my region) and a final total of 68,999 words. I wrote every single day in November, with a low word count of 9 words in a day and a high of 6,422.
My original story idea came with a plot outline and some solid characters. I got distracted for over 20,000 words with a side plot romance that wasn’t even supposed to exist. When that had run it’s course, I wasn’t feeling very engaged with the original story idea, so I ended up starting something entirely new. This was a romance and getting from meet cute to dating managed to get me through the rest of November. While I like my characters, I’m not sure I like the story itself enough to finish it or edit it, but maybe I’ll revisit the idea later. It wouldn’t be the first time I thought there was nothing to be done with a NaNo draft only to reread it a few months later and find it much better than I remembered.
I hope all of you who participated in NaNoWriMo this year met the goals you set for yourselves, whether that was the traditional 50,000 words, to write every day of the month, or just to increase your word count on a project. Since I’ve proven to myself that I can write 50k in a month (or 100k if I really put my mind to it or have more time away from work) my goal was to write every single day, and I’m proud of myself for meeting that goal.
Here’s to an enjoyable holiday season, writing through to the end of the year, and keeping the habit going into 2022.