Nearing the end of NaNoWriMo ’18

There are six more days left of NaNoWriMo. As of today, I can say that I’ve reached the end of my novel. I am currently sitting at 36K words. It’s an accomplishment to have your novel finished, but I’m still a little bummed about not reaching that 50K goal. I haven’t fully given up yet, I am going back and adding some extra commentary or descriptions throughout each chapter.



Also, I realized as I’m adding to each scene, that I was writing in present tense when I was supposed to be writing in the past tense. So, good news is that all the words that I wrote like “I’m” has now been changed to “I was” and thus adding an extra word. Is that cheating? I hope not. I’m doing my best to make sure I get the word count I should be getting.

I think following an outline can be a little limiting when it comes to writing. I found that most of my chapters were only a couple thousand words and under. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. But I feel like since I was focused on just writing based off what I outlined, I wasn’t thinking about additional information that could be told throughout each scene.

I’m also not even sure I liked having the three different point of views. I’m wondering if adding that “third pov” voice was a good idea. Having that third point of view causes the story to be more chopped up and hard to follow. I felt like everything I wrote in those chapters weren’t plot driven. So, now I’m going to probably have to decide what to do with it. I definitely won’t be making the decision right now. 

Another thing I noticed… there was a minor character that died in the beginning of the novel and I messed up her name throughout the story. Dabble Writer doesn’t have that function of “find and replace” yet so I’m manually changing each wrong spelling. The misspelling was definitely because I forgot what her name was while I was writing it. She didn’t really have a role in the story except for being a part of the catalyst that set the characters on their journey. While outlining her name was “daughter” so it probably wasn’t a smart idea.

I’m finding a lot of the mistakes I made in my planning the hard way. I’m still learning this whole novel writing thing and I don’t expect me to be able to accomplish 50K on my first try with planning. 

Hell, I never get to 90 pages in a screenplay on my first draft. 

My husband always said to not set expectations so I won’t get disappointed if I don’t meet them.

Happiness equals reality minus expectations.

Tom Magliozzi

I don’t really understand it as much as he tries to explain it to me. But, I’m working hard to not be super bummed. I’m one who likes to set expectations and goals. It gives me something to work hard for. When I don’t meet those goals I get hard on myself and am overall my mood changes. I’m not longer excited for what I was working towards. I lose that motivation.

I took today to write a few hundred words and then forced my husband and I outside and took a walk in nature. 



I still have six more days to add some extra words. I’m going to try and push myself to keep writing until the end of November. I’ll try to go for at least 40K!

Thanks for reading!


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