Well, it’s over. NaNoWriMo 2017 is officially at its end and it was a rough ride XD

For anyone who’s not familiar, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, in which writers challenge themselves to complete 50,000 words on a timeline of 30 days. This averages out to 1,667 words a day. For most people that amount can be difficult to read on a good day, let alone to reach it consistently every single day. It’s demanding, but it’s also great motivation and you can access a large community if you want support during the process because everyone is feeling the same pain lol

I didn’t officially compete on the website since I was working on draft 2 of my book and not starting a completely fresh project. I ended with a word count of 34,013, which isn’t too bad. A lot of the goal of NaNo is “just write and fix it later”, but I don’t have that flexibility because I’m already at the fixing stage, so I had to be very sure that what I was writing down was better than what was there before.

I’m really happy with how draft 2 is turning out so far. I’m doing a rewrite instead of editing within the text, which is what I usually do for There haven’t been a lot of major changes, but the modifications I’ve made do have a larger overall impact to the story and brings more attention to the characters.

NaNo might be over, but I’m going to go hard in December and try to get draft 2 completed. We’ll see how that goes, but I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress.

Happy writing!

-Erin