Nanowrimo, or November to most of the world ended yesterday. This year was my third year of doing Nanowrimo and the first time I didn’t win by writing 50,000 words in 30 days. This is also the first year when I have wanted to write on 1st December.

Handwritten statistics

Handwritten statistics


41,766 words written.

1,392 per day.

Of these words 30,000 are actual story, and the rest were spent getting to know characters better, planning the story and worldbuilding.

Good Points

  • The first draft of the second Cleansing River book is well underway and I hope to finish this draft by the end of 2015.
  • Gapone, the setting for the Cleansing River books is now firmly established within the Tration Empire and the general Portals Universe.
  • If conditions are right I can write 3000 words in a day, sometimes before lunch giving me time for other things.
  • I am pleasantly surprised,  and a little horrified, about how much my writing has improved since my early writing days. I found some old paperwork including one of the very earliest drafts of Empire Corrupted, not good.
  • I’ve learnt a great deal about my writing process, I think I need to pants a bit at the start of a story then, pause to delve deeper into the characters before continuing with their story. When I start to draft the second Portal Wars book next year I will be able to use what I’ve learnt here to make the process smoother.
  • My local Nanowrimo community are amazing, the 144 people who took place this year wrote over 3,000,000 words. So supportive, welcoming and a major part of why I attempted Nanowrimo again this year.
  • Making time for my family and not disappearing into my novel for the whole month.
  • I feel energised about my writing and am excited both about drafting something new and paper editing the first Cleansing River book.

Bad Points.

  • Lack of balance between my writing life and my real life, all work and no play is not a good thing.
  • I pushed myself too far and got ill, this made the writing more difficult and led to me feeling utterly exhausted. At one point before I admitted defeat I actually thought important facts were starting to leak out of my brain. Not a nice feeling.
  • Being ill.
  • Neglecting real life friends and not going to the weekly games night.
  • Neglecting my blog, and website. I missed connecting with people.

Moving Forward.

  • I am unable to write large amounts on days I work at the day job. They use the same parts of my brain and there are only so many hours in the day. I can push through for a couple of days but any longer I have to rest and recharge. From now on I will recognise this and aim to write 7000 words a week. Concentrating the bulk of my writing for days when I’m not working.
  • I will be working harder on my preparation, getting to know my characters and outlining better. What some people refer to as the beats of a story.
  • I really missed blogging in the last few months and will be spending time in the next month or so sorting out my website, decluttering and making it easier to find things I hope are interesting, like theBeginner’s Guide to Portals .

Will I do NaNoWriMo again?

Honestly, I have no idea.
Last week I thought I’d never attempt it again, but now I’m not so sure. I guess I’ll decide in the last week of October 2016, much like I did this year.