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Camp NaNoWriMo is My Bitch

Well, ladies and gents, I’ve finished, and I am triumphant. I wrote 50,244 words in 30 days (28 days really). With the 18,357 words I had in my novel to start with, my current total word count in my novel is 68,601, which is not too shabby if I say so myself.

This has been extraordinarily well-timed because I’m just coming up to the big climactic battle, which would have been absolutely nerve-wracking to write if I was on a word-count deadline. You see, I am not a military strategist, and my perfectionism won’t allow my to fake it. But now that I’m finished with my challenge, I can relax a little bit and wait until my copy of De Re Militari gets here so I can read up on Roman military tactics. I do have a pretty good idea of how ancient and medieval battles went (I watch a lot of The History Channel) but primary sources are my favorite. You don’t get much more primary than the Roman war manual itself.

I’m extremely happy that I did this challenge. It has gotten me back into writing seriously, which I haven’t done since high school, and it’s a relief to find that I’m much better at it now than I was then. And it’s mind-blowing to think about the sheer volume of what I’ve written this month. 50,244 words translates to about 250 printed, single-side word processor pages. Crazy, right?

So from here, the next step is to finish my novel at a much more relaxed pace, get lots of friends to read it, make it perfect, find an agent, make it MORE perfect, get a publishing contract, make it as perfect as it can possibly be, get it published, and find something wrong with it.

Because that’s how it works, right?

6 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo is My Bitch

  1. Congrats on reaching your goal.

  2. Congratulations on succeeding in NaNo. Good luck with editing. Are you going to do the NaNoEdMo challenge next?

    LOL, you’re not lying about finding something still wrong with your book even after you’ve had people look over it. It must be a writer thing–to be overly critical of their own work.

    Keep smiling,

    P.S. Good luck on your publishing contract too! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    1. O_O What is NaNoEdMo? Is there an editing challenge? How would that even work?

      Anyway, thanks! Good luck to you as well. 🙂

      1. I think the official month is March, but after writers finish their NaNo challenge, then the next one is for editing. They have 31 days to complete 50 hours of editing their one story. It averages like 1hr 30 minutes a day.

        My writing buddies and I tried it, and I failed miserably LOL. I got the editing completed but I was finished way before 31 days, so I guess I slacked off LOL.

        Keep smiling,

  3. Wow that is awesome! Did you have a plan for what you were going to write or was it more stream of consciousness?

    1. I definitely had a plan! If I hadn’t had at least some idea to get me started every day I would have just ended up staring at the computer screen for hours…not that I didn’t do that anyway, haha. Thanks 🙂

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