Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 — Here’s How We Did

Words in the Dark: Post 10

A huge congratulations to Leslie Hodgins, writing REBEL DESTINY, for earning her 2016 NaNoWriMo badge on Day 27 (Nov. 27) in the first year she attempted the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Leslie has two small children and runs a business!


REBEL DESTINY (formerly SECRETS OF AN ANCIENT POWER) – Leslie Hodgins – NaNoWriMo 2016

I didn’t succeed at my dream of earning a badge this year, not even as a NaNo Rebel. As I mention in Words in the Dark: Post 6 (Plot Twist), “NaNoWriMo is a nail-biter all month, because if more than one thing goes wrong, the whole month’s project can be derailed.” Sometimes we simply fail, but it is not the end.

By contrast, my graph for Druyan in 2014, when I did win, is shown below. The spikes are Sundays, my only days off, during which I had to catch up. The struggle on the Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (8-11 hours at work) is evident.

Fast-forward two years. On Day 29 (Nov. 29), Leslie is going strong, with a count of 54,382 words. I look forward to her book!

For 2016, this is your friendly writer signing off on another year of NaNoWriMo. Happy writing during the rest of the year.

When we reconvene in November 2017, may the odds be ever in our favour!


DRUYAN – NaNoWriMo 2014

Read all the Words in the Dark posts here

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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3 Responses to Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 — Here’s How We Did

  1. danawayne423 says:

    I am having issues getting one sentence down much less 50K in a month! I am very impressed by anyone who even attempts it!

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