Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2017

Words in the Dark: Post 6

NaNoWriMo wraps up for another year, but for many writers the noveling has just begun as they move into a stage of completing the first draft, if not done already, and the revision process.

My Buddies’ genres for this year include

  • literary
  • fantasy
  • technical
  • mystery
  • science fiction
  • science fiction

Genres by the same Buddies in 2016 and 2015 were

  • literary
  • fantasy
  • romance
  • sci-fi/fantasy
  • sci-fi thriller/suspense and horror/supernatural
  • science fiction

The NaNo Buddies’ final word counts this year turned out as follows

  • 75,463
  • 50,350 (reached on day 20)
  • 50,177 (reached on day 30)
  • 18,545
  • 14,121
  • no word count entered

Congratulations!

I am not on the list because my sole job for NaNo 2017 was to cheer and encourage. Actually, I am helping a young adult with a book project, so I have deferred my own for the time being.

Too often, writers feel like failures when they realize they will not make the enchanting 50K finish. Instead, they should celebrate how far they have come. Any writer who writes is ahead of the one who doesn’t.

Writers can run into serious life obstacles involving work, family, or personal illness. Also, for some of us, myself included (unless it involves a rewrite), the NaNo marathon process isn’t always the best strategy. Sometimes, slow and steady makes a better book.

That never stops me from considering NaNo year after year. I’ll be looking at the feasibility of entering NaNoWriMo in 2018, of course, to see how many words I can write in the dark during the cold days of another November.

Think warm glow of a fireplace, candles, or salt lamps. Think smell of books. Think steaming cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!

Until next year, Wrimos!

Links

NaNoWriMo

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Related posts

Finished Her Novel After Winning NaNoWriMo Last Year — Now On Book 3 (Sneak Peek)

Why I Don’t Write a Fresh NaNoWriMo Novel Every Year

NaNoWriMo Novels: You No Longer Have to Start From Scratch

My past NaNo projects (Beyond the Precipice, published) and NaNo win (Druyan, in progress)

All Words in the Dark posts

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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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