NaNoWriMo Challenge Completed!

I did it! NaNoWriMo ends tomorrow, but I’ve reached 50K and simultaneously the end of my story today! I’m now an official NaNoWriMo winner and I have the certificate to prove it.

I wrote a book! Can you believe it? I know some of you doubted it, but … I’m just kidding. You guys have been crazy supportive all through NaNoWriMo and I’m incredibly grateful for that. So, before I continue to talk about the final week of writing I want to thank all of you for being the awesome and supportive people that you are!

Now, how did the writing fare this week? I think I went totally crazy towards the end. You have to know that I write best shortly before going to bed, because I feel the need to reach my daily goal. This has worked just fine most days, but I tend to finish with a scene, turn off my laptop and go to bed and then I would just lie there, not able to sleep whatsoever. My characters kept me awake with all the possibilities of what could happen to them next. I do have a notebook right beside my bed, but I always had the fear that I wouldn’t remember what my notes meant the next day and rather turned on the computer sometime after midnight than forget what I wanted to write about.

Writing the actual ending was the hardest. I’ve made up so much of the story as I went along, that I lost sight of how I wanted it to end. I got closer and closer to my desired word count, but the finish line still wasn’t in clear sight, because I just didn’t know what to write. In the end, I knew that I wanted to have some final reference to the title (which is “Break Up Buddy”, just fyi), but I had no idea how to get there. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers at the end of books (unless they are a series), so I wanted to tie everything up nicely and in the end I think I did that.

Also, I think I went a little overboard with the final scenes, but that’s okay, because what matters most is that I have a finished first draft! I really wasn’t sure I would make it this far and now I have something to work with, something to revise and edit. To be honest, I already forgot some of the scenes I wrote and it will be one heck of a fun to re-read and re-visit everything I wrote, because I’m sure there are some hilarious typos and plot holes in there.

Now, how did your month go? Did you participate in NaNoWriMo as well? Did you reach your personal goal? I’d love to talk some more in the comments below!

Winner-2014-Twitter-ProfileIf you want to read more about my journey during this month, click on the links below:

Participation Announcement

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

My NaNoWriMo Playlist

NaNoWriMo Week 1

So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to it’s end and this is a little recap of how it went. If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here to read my previous post!

The first week went really well so far and I didn’t have a hard time reaching my daily goals. I am currently at a word count of 10,859 words, which means I am about 20% done (YAY!). Yet, it wasn’t all easy peasy the entire time and here’s why:

When you first start considering doing NaNoWriMo, there are a couple of things they tell you to do or not do. First, it is recommended that you put your inner editor in the kennel while writing, since it’s all about quantity and not quality. I can tell you, that is something I am not capable of doing! Of course you’re allowed to rewrite stuff if you start to contradict yourself or just changed your mind about something, but you’re not supposed to keep re-reading what you already wrote and to try and find a better way of saying it. But that is exactly what I am doing every other day. I just can’t continue to write something new if I am not happy with what I’ve already written. And at some point during the past week I just freaked and thought my story was an utter failure, because something just wasn’t right. I know, I know … the first draft is never that good and I can edit it all I want when the month is over, that is if I managed to finish it, but the thing is, I didn’t dislike the story in general, I was just unhappy with parts of it. So, I decided to not follow another recommendation.

While you’re writing, you can tell the whole world that you are doing NaNoWriMo, but you don’t actually show your story to anyone. If you want to work on it after the month is over, it is a great idea to show people the final version in order to get feedback, but you’re not exactly supposed to do this while you’re still working on it. It completely makes sense, because before you know it, everyone has an opinion on what is best and how it could continue, even though you are quite capable of coming up with these things all on your own. But I needed help and confirmation that I wasn’t going entirely over board and in the wrong direction with my story. I showed it to one person and as of today, she is still the only person who was granted a glimpse at my writing. I talked with her and she confirmed my suspicions about a problem in my story and gave me feedback, which immensely helped me fix it. In addition to that, she also boosted my confidence and gave me new motivation. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, but I was stuck and knew that I needed an outside opinion to keep the story from turning into a full blown disaster.

So, breaking the “rules” worked for me, but I am interested in seeing how it will go the second week. Motivation usually starts to drop around that time, but I am still determined to reach the 50,000 words and to finally finish a writing project. If you’re wondering what I am writing about, I still want to keep it a secret, but I can tell you that it is a Contemporary Romantic Comedy (aka ConRomCom) with the title Break Up Buddy. If you suspect that it is cheesy at times, you are absolutely correct, but that is just me – forever the hopeless romantic.

I hope your week proved as fruitful as mine! Read you tomorrow for the finale of Doctor Who!