Revisiting My 2018 NaNoWriMo Project

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Hi Readers

Last year I was able to complete NaNoWriMo and write 50k words of a novel in the month of November.

I haven’t really looked at what I wrote since then. I didn’t really have time in December and I knew I wanted to change a lot of things so I thought I’d start working on it again in the new year. 

I have however been making lots of plans, jotting down ideas on how I can improve it and where I want the story to go. Now I’ve gotten to the point where I have opened the document and sorted out my notes and I’m basically rewriting the whole thing. 

I kind of figured during NaNoWriMo this was going to happen because I was having a lot of issues with this one character. Who happens to be a main character and is basically in every scene. 

So yes, I’m rewriting a character which means I’m rewriting everything. I was a little disheartened by this at first until I saw this tweet…

So I’ve decided to persevere with this project and, no matter how many times I have to rewrite it, I will get this book to a place where I’m happy with it. 

I’m going to do monthly update posts on how my writing project is going. Mainly because that will encourage me to actually do it. 

Because we’re already half-way through the month I don’t have too high expectations for this month. I’m going to set a goal of 10,000 new words before February. Lets see how I do!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X 

NaNoWriMo WIP Tag!

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Note: This tag was created by Bethany Atazadeh

Hi Readers

So I kind of decided very last minute that I would very hesitantly participate in NaNoWriMo. 

I went into it not really having a plan. I just found an old idea I had written down and decided to work with that. 

I am now 10,000 words deep into this project which is already the most I have ever wrote during a NaNoWriMo and I still have more than half the month to go.

Whilst I am really far behind I’ve found a new groove the past couple of days. I kind of have hope that maybe this year I could win NaNoWriMo!

Doing NaNoWriMo has meant I’ve had to neglect this blog a little bit. I found this tag and thought it was the perfect thing to type up quickly. But you can bet the minute I’ve finished this I’m going back to writing. 

1. What is your NaNo WIP? (aka genre, and a little about the story)

It is a fantasy YA novel. I don’t know why but when writing I always gravitate to this genre. 

2. What stage is your WIP in? (aka first draft, second, third, editing, betas, etc)

First draft. 

3. What are your NaNo goals? (Monthly word count goal? Daily goals?)

I’d love to win NaNo and reach 50,000. But, if that’s not possible, I’d be happy with anything about 30,000. 

 4. Do you have NaNo rewards for meeting different goals or the final goal?

I do and I wish I had done this since day one because it works so well for me. My reward normally involves cake or some other form of food. 

5. Are you in a NaNo cabin and/or do you have NaNo buddies?

I have buddies but I don’t really interact with them. 

6. Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past (November or other months) and how did it go?

Yes. I think four, maybe five times. It didn’t go for any of them. 

7. What are you most excited about for this NaNo?

Honestly, my story. The fact that at the beginning of the month I had nothing and now I have these characters who I care about and plans I’m really excited to write. 

8. What is your #1 advice for people doing NaNo?

Set food rewards! They’ve been a game changer for me. 

9. What is your NaNo Handle so we can follow you?

Mine is Comfort Reads. I’ll be sure to add you back!

10. Who will you tag to do the NaNo tag?

I won’t be tagging anyone in this one!

Let me know how your NaNoWriMo is going if you’re taking part. 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X