NaNoWriMo 2016 Reflections

Reflections and statistics on finishing the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel.

Four days ago, on November 24, 2016, I passed 50k words for my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel and officially “won” this year. My final word count was 50,002 words. I felt like the story that I wanted to tell reached its conclusion, so stopping after reaching 50k felt right.

I was able to write 24 days consecutively, mostly writing first thing in the morning. Some days I wrote in the evening when I had to focus on other projects in the morning.

Here are some statistics from the project:

  • It took me 24 days to reach the goal.
  • My average word count was 2,083 words per day.
  • My best day writing was on Sunday, November 6 with 3,347 words written.
  • I spent 42 hours total writing, averaging 1.75 hours per day.
  • The page count came to 246 pages.

I am going to let the novel sit until January, when I plan on revising and editing it. From there I will most likely self-publish it digitally and maybe make some print copies.

In the days since finishing the first draft, I have continued to write. Right now I am working on writing a script for a short film idea that I had, as well as experimenting with an interactive fiction story built with Twine.

I am very happy that I participated in NaNoWriMo and reached the goal. From the first day of writing to the last, I truly felt like I was doing something I enjoyed. I am looking forward to writing future drafts of the novel and attempting NaNoWriMo next year.

Author: Brett Chalupa

day: software developer, night: comic artist

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