IWSG Day & NaNoWriMo Update

Hello, it’s the final IWSG Day of the year! And some year it’s been. Together, not only we went through the highs and lows and insecurity of our writing. We also had to deal with a pandemic. But we hung in there together. Thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2nd posting of the IWSG are: Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?


Well, NaNoWriMo ended two days ago but not for me. I’m continuing NaNo into December. 

And with 17,569 to go to reach my personal word count goal. 
My first two weeks of NaNoWriMo went pretty well. With a daily word count goal of 500 words a day I expected to write 7,000 words. In fact, I actually wrote 7,671 words.

Alas, that didn’t last long.

By the start of the middle of NaNoWriMo my word count started dipping. Worse, my inner editor decided to make its voice heard. Loud. I’ve been able to deny the urge to go back and edit things by inserting notes to go back to later. Seems to please my inner demon, ahem, editor for the moment.

I ended the third week of NaNoWriMo 728 words below my weekly word count goal. By the final week of NaNo, my word count dipped atrociously. And wrote 1,700 words below my weekly word count goal.

I started NaNoWriMo with a bang and ended it on a whimper. But I’m not down for the count. I’m near the middle of my story. And will continue to try hard to ignore my inner editor. Insert any new scenes, edits or revisions in notes. Then focus on writing the falling action part of the urban fantasy. Until I can finally write two special words by the end of December. ‘The End.’

How was NaNoWriMo? What are your post-NaNoWriMo plans? Are you participating in #PitMad tomorrow?

21 comments

  1. You got words on a page so that’s the main accomplishment! I don’t do NaNo. That sort of frenzied writing doesn’t work well for my process. My inner editor is very much against it. LOL Good luck as you continue on. I’m sure those two little words will be coming soon.

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    • Thanks Meka. For now I’m pacifying my inner editor. How long I can keep that up is unknown. Still, hoping and working towards those two words. After that, rewrites.

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    • Thanks Emaginette. Can definitely see how it’s like boot camp. At first you’re excited and determined to do it. You’re able to keep up and get good results in the beginning. As time passes, it gets a bit harder and harder to maintain and you wonder why you’re doing this. Still, you continue doing it, no matter how lackluster, because it’ll feel just wrong to stop.

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    • Thanks Sonia. I’ve only missed participating in NaNo once. It’s not for everyone and I know others don’t like it and some decry the event. But as a slow writer myself and with lots of story ideas stored away, doing NaNoWriMo is the kick in the pants needed to write some of those stories to life.

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    • Exactly right. There have been times when the day is almost over, I haven’t written a word and think I should let the day pass with zero words written. But then, I can’t allow that to happen as only a few words is better than none. Only a few words are still winning.

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    • Thanks. And so true. As Margaret Atwood said, “A word, after a word, after a word is power.” Getting those words out are powerful indeed.

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