NaNoWriMo 2018: Final Thoughts

My wrap-up post on NaNoWriMo 2018 is a few days later than I wanted, but Life can be Life sometimes, and other things took priority.

My final word count total ended up being 51,071 words. When I started NaNoWriMo, I knew it wouldn’t be anywhere close to last year’s 100,000, but did think it’d be around 60,000.  Towards the end though, I was running out of original content to write and was really just looking forward to editing everything.

There were several instances of writing whatever randomly popped into head, merely for the sake of getting something down. After a few minutes though, they’d usually turn into something solid, or at the very least get me through a tough part, so it was worth rambling for a bit.

I used some of my other tips and tricks from October’s post too. Skipping around, stocking up on other days, and of course the ramblings like earlier.

Besides just writing, I learned quite a bit about Scrivener, Scapple, and Aeon Timeline. I’ve always used Microsoft Word to write, and kept my notes in notebooks. While the tools cost money, I did find they have been a great help with my notes; especially keeping track of all the events, character ages at certain points, and family trees. I have a lot of background information that won’t make it into my novel other than a quick reference, and they helped greatly keeping track of everything. I will definitely be buying them in the future once my trials run out, and I might spend a month reviewing the different tools next year.

If it’s not clear, the next steps for me is to edit my novel. There are many parts that are out of order, or due to my word vomit method have typos and other errors that need to be fixed, so it’s finally time for that. I also need to double check for consistency, and overall plot elements, pacing, character development, and story structure. My current plan is to spend the next three months doing just that and by the end of February have the novel through several rounds of editing.

Overall, I’m happy with how NaNoWriMo went, and I did meet the minimum word count goal of 50,000. If you’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo, have never won, are intimidated by 50,000 words, or November just seems too far away as you’re reading this post, don’t worry. You can always participate in Camp NaNoWriMo  in either April or July when you can set your own word count goal.

That’s all for now, and see you later this month when I write about including holidays in your novel.

— Kay S. Beckett


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