It’s all over… 😟
But I won so it’s fine!
The goal is to write 50 000 words in 30 days from 1st November to the 30th of November. It can be whatever you want to write, but I did the classic and started the 1st chapter of my new novel 🤗 On the 30th I ended up with 50240 words, but I’m missing a chapter and a half of the story.
My project is a cosy crime featuring a main character named August Fox Croft, aka Croft. He is a retired journalist and prefers to spend the entire day in the garden instead of anything else. But then a skeleton/corpse is found in the community allotments. The very same community allotments Croft is responsible for and where he and the village has grown vegetables for their shared community Christmas dinner! How will they now have enough vegetables to feed a village? Oh, and by the way since everyone in the village is accounted for, who is the dead person?
Not the best synopsis but I’m working on it 😂
By the end of NaNo, Croft and DCI Thorne are questioning the murdere at the end, but he seems to have lost himself in old age and is getting quite confused.
I didn’t have the heart to tell the story the way I saw it. It would have been too heartbreaking.
I also didn’t write the last chapter and a half as I reach 50k and needed a break.
I’ve been behind on all my progress reports this year. It’s not been fun and I’m glad it’s over.
I’ve learnt that writing a new genre for NaNo is not the best idea… For such a challenge it’s best to stick with what you know. Next year, I’m going back to fantasy. I already have an idea of a female queer assassin 😏
This week has been heavy writing wise.
Monday as always I wrote nothing. Tuesday I surprised myself by writing 2.8k words on a school night! 😱 Wednesday I wrote nothing again. Thursday I had the day off work along with Friday so I could finish it. Both days I wrote over 3k and it came easy. Saturday I struggled. I needed another 2.5k to win, but the story had taken a heartbreaking turn and I didn’t want to hurt the character by writing it. It took me over 6h to get those 2.5k words…
The graph below is my official NaNo progress graph. The straight line is the progress you would have if you wrote 1667 words a day as suggested by NaNo, and within 30 days you would have 50 010 words. The wiggly line is my actual progress.
As you can see I’ve struggled a bit but I did it in the end.
Last year I did a spread in my bullet journal featuring gems with 50 boxes to colour in. For every 1000 words I wrote, I could colour in a box in the gems. At 50k it would be all coloured in and it would be a visual representation of my creation: wonderful gems!
This year I have a different motive. I have gone for a visual representation of the journey of NaNo. I slowly worked my way up the mountains up to the highest peak and the 50k box is the sun.
For those of you how don’t know, I have RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in hands, fingers and arms – fun times. I got it in 2017 and I’ve slowly recovered since.
I was very sore for the last week apart from the last day which was weird. The soreness prevented me for writing quicker and finish early as I needed breaks.
I survived 🙂