How to Recover from NaNoWriMo

How to Recover from NaNoWriMo

If you’re like me, after NaNo you feel a little … lost. Sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks. What to do with your life now that you’re not writing like a maniac?

Well, today I’m going to introduce you to my amazing Five-Step Guide to Regaining Your Life after National Novel Writing Month.

So, without further ado, I give you those 5 steps! I hope you enjoy them, that they profit you greatly, and that you end up following, liking, and commenting because of them*.

*I’m a terrible person, really …

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December 2017 Dares

December 2017 Dares

HELLO FRIENDS. Long time, no see! Well, okay, it’s only been a couple days since Wednesday, but lots has happened, and I’m more than ready to get back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This month we have some great dares for you (all taken from my extremely long to-do list, haha … NaNo is all-consuming, like I said!). And … we also have a lot of updates. And some plans for the coming months. Though I’m trying to make this post super short so you can skim it and then next week we’ll have #awesome again.

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

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NaNo Update #5: Finishing Her Up!

finishing her up!

First of all, before I begin this last NaNo update … can we give a round of applause to my insta-graphic format? *a couple people clap* *everyone gives me a weird look* *I go hide in a cave and live out the rest of my days as a hermit*

Really, though. It was so easy to just change the text in the circle and the background image to another Scotland picture. #NaNoLifeSavers*

After this update, we’ll return to our normal posting schedule. Throughout December, there are going to be some fun posts. For a while, we’ll have all Christmas-themed, which is gonna be tons of fun.

*I should totally remember this and write a list of #NaNoLifeSavers next year.

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NaNo Update #4: Almost There!

almost there

Guess what? I hit 40,000 yesterday! *cue cheering* Only 10K to go! Well … until I hit my goal. After that, I’ll probably have another 10K of writing until the book is finished … maybe more!

I feel like I’m not very far into the book yet. I’m officially on point 19 out of 38. So … almost twenty points to go. So technically I could get up to 80,000.

However, I don’t think I will. I think I’ll end up skimming over a good half of the points or reassembling scenes as the story progresses. And, of course, revisions will take out a big chunk in the end.

Enter this post.

Update #2: In Which I Am Good at Something for Once

Update 2 NaNo17

Okay, you’re right, that was a silly title. I’ve done awesome things before. In fact, I’m pretty much the master of awesome things.

But really, I’m super pleased with one thing I did these last couple days, and so I have to share it with you … and yep. That’s about it. (I don’t really have low self-esteem, at least not in the writing area of my life. #conceited #terribleperson)

So far, NaNoWriMo is going swimmingly for me. According to my best friend, I write too slow, but really, am I to blame for her impatience? Nope. I think not.

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NaNo2017: My Last-Minute Prep and the First Few Days

Copy of Beyond Her Calling, characters

Wow, can you believe it’s already day four?! NaNoWriMo is flying by! I mean, four out of thirty isn’t much (only about 13%), but it’s still several days which I’ve spent writing like a maniac.

But, before I start talking about my (amazing) NaNo progress, let’s talk about my last minute prep.

Really all my prep was last minute. I didn’t start outlining until early October, and then I put it off and put it off until … I did most of it a week before NaNo, quite a chunk of it on October 31st!

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Death Comes in April

This may be crazy, but I’ve decided to try to write 15,000 words in April for Camp NaNoWriMo. My project is Once a Stratton, a historical fiction novel set in the 1850s (1855-1858).

What is Camp NaNoWriMo? Well, if you’ve been following me long, you know what NaNoWriMo is (if not, it’s a basically a writing challenge). Camp NaNoWriMo is a much more relaxed version of NaNoWriMo. I can answer any questions about it in the comments.

Anyway, my goal is to write 15,000 words in April. But wait, you say. What’s Once a Stratton about? Well, I anticipated that question, so you can now find a summary (and my awful WIP cover) on the Works-in-Progress page.

I also started a Pinterest board for Once a Stratton, which I’m slowly adding to. (I’m working a lot on my Pinterest boards just now, actually … I’m trying to get all my information sorted!)

Thanks for reading,

~Kellyn Roth

  1. Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, would you like to join my cabin? Comment with your Camp NaNo username, and I’ll invite you!
  2. What do you think of Once a Stratton? Does it sound like a good book?
  3. Have you read any good books set in the Antebellum South? Let me know about them, because I can’t find a single historical novel set in that era!

NaNoWriMo 2016: Wrap-Up

At Her Fingertips is officially finished at 66,172 words.

Winner

Yesterday I wrote 8,611 which brought me to 65,978 words. I wrote the rest this morning. I’m pretty proud of myself. Last NaNo, I wrote 40,000-some words; the NaNo before that, it was 36,000. Both times, I barely made that.

This year, however, it was easy for me to make my goal of 50,000 and surpass it, as you know, by more than 15,000 words!

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NaNoWriMo 2016, Update #5

Guess what?

Winner

That’s right! I currently have 53,462 words. However, I made my goal (50,000) on the 25th. How many more words do I expect to get before November’s up? Well, at most I expect to reach 60,000 … but even that would be a stretch.

I think I have that much material story-wise … but I might not finish At Her Fingertips this month. I might write ‘The End’ sometime in the first week of December. But, in my opinion, that’s a worse-case scenario. 😉

 

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #4

I decided to do the post today as I doubt I’ll have time for one tomorrow – and I’ll be at the beach, anyway – and I obviously didn’t have time for one Monday! 🙂

At 44,594 words (and I haven’t written yet today), I’m zipping along at a pretty decent pace. Can I write 5,406 more words in a week? Well, considering that I have written 14,000 words per week pretty consistently this month, I’d say yes. 🙂

And, words-wise, that’s all I have to say. If you want more, I update my adult NaNoWriMo page pretty regularly. Like, every five minutes. XD

Where am I in the actual writing of the novel? Well, it’s hard to tell. Sometimes one sentence from my outline will turn into three chapters while a paragraph just makes a scene. I started out with five pages of outline (though page five is less than hlaf a page, honestly). I’m in the middle of page three.

So … how long do I estimate this novel will be? Well, based on the fact that I have about two pages remaining of outline, I should finish At Her Fingertips at 70,000 words. Yeah, like that’s happening! I’m aiming for 55,000, actually. I think I’ll be able to achieve 10,000 words in so many days, and I think the book will be finished in so many words. My crazy outline, who thinks I could get 25,000 more words, has plainly lost it.

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