A Look Back At NaNoWriMo 2018

Updated: Sep 7


It is December already.

NaNoWriMo has come and gone. (If you wonder what NaNo is, it's a month-long challenge for writers all over the world to write 50k words in just 30 days.) It had been a while since I actively participated but I wanted to give it my all this year.

NaNo is quite bearable if you can manage to write 1,667 words every day of November, but when does life ever go according to plan, right? I had birthdays, book fairs, and a great, big cold sprinkled all over my month of November.

But I stubbornly stuck with it and I managed to write 50,238 words!! YAY!!!

I celebrated by taking a whole week off! hihi

But now, the NaNo-celebration confetti and streamers have fallen, the balloons have deflated, the cake's been eaten, the friends have gone...and it's time to get back to the mill.

The word mill, that is. ;) Of course, upon rereading, I realize that half of the words written during NaNo are unusable (mainly because I've re-calibrated my story toward the end of the month), but that still means I'm 25k words in, right?

And I've fallen in love with my characters and my setting. And some scenes are just too darn fun to write! And if you'll allow me, I'd like to tell you more about it all as the story progress (at a steadier pace in a surer direction now.) Until then, I'll only leave you with the words of Florence + The Machine, the starting point for my story:

"Regrets collect like old friends Here to relive your darkest moments I can see no way, I can see no way

And all of the ghouls come out to play

And every demon wants his pound of flesh But I like to keep some things to myself

I like to keep my issues strong It's always darkest before the dawn"

Shake It Out

#NaNoWriMo #SecretsSpells

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