NaNoWriMo 2017 – Update #3+4

Update #3 – 22nd November

We’re over half way through now which terrifies me and to make it better I’m currently suffering from major doubts about my writing and my story in general. I knew that I would hit this point in my writing, but luckily for me, I managed to shake myself out of it fairly quickly. I blame John Green for all my current doubts as I’ve just finished reading ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ which I thought was incredible. I’ve never been a massive fan of John Green as I’ve only ever enjoyed one of his books but after reading his new release I might be starting to change my mind.

After conquering that first major road bump, I hit another one which had a much bigger impact on my word count and started making me doubt whether I would even hit my personal goal. That road-bump was my research and planning as I got to various scenes where planning was vital which meant I had to stop my writing and start googling; a process I wish I’d done before I started writing. Nevertheless it something I can learn from and hopefully next year I will have learned from my mistakes. Fingers crossed I can catch up with my word count because I’m seriously behind!

Update #4 – 30th November

It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo which is crazy as I don’t know where this month has gone. I’ve still got just over 2,000 words to write but luckily I’ve got the day off Uni so my whole day has been dedicated just to writing. I don’t want to go to much into detail about my writing process and my experience as I’m going to leave that for a review post that should be up later this week, but I will say that this has been a great experience that has allowed me to discover more about my writing skills and process. Being able to finally put my story and characters into words has been so exciting and I’m even ready to share my writing with a few of my close friends and family. I never told anyone that I was participating in NaNoWriMo because I was scared of people reading my work and I still am a bit but certainly not as much as I was at the beginning of the process. Now I am so proud of my characters, my story and my ability to put them both into words and I can’t wait to see where the rest of this journey goes.

I hope those who were also participating in NaNoWriMo this year managed to hit their target and that they had as much fun as I did! And I also hope that I’ve encouraged other people to give it a go next year, if I can do it then you can too!


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