About NaNoWriMo 2018
Posted: April 26, 2019
Event Dates: November 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018
In my post about NaNoWriMo 2017, I predicted I'd be joining again in 2018; and I did. I think it is now safe to assume that this will be a recurring theme. The thing is: NaNoWriMo works for me. Each writer has to find what works for them, or what they can fit in, at different times, for different stories. For me, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) provides an opportunity to put writing up the priority list and make time for it. I have to be creative about it, but it is fun and it provides a well-needed boost to my writing.
In November 2018, I decided to jump into a complete revision of Deficiency, a novel of over 100,000 words. It would have been fun to start something new, but Deficiency was ready for that revision. It was the next logical step, or the project I needed to put effort in.
The exercise went well. I've included my progress below. Given that this was a revision, it made it a bit easier to meet the target of 50,000 words. Still, it's all about making the time. In my case, I had to cut on a few other activities, including reading and sleep. I did my writing late at night, a few times in the morning, and every chance I found some free time. Cutting on sleep is never a good idea, but for one month, it might be worth the pain.
By the end of the month, I had reached 60,191 words. This took me to about 60% of the story. Things slowed down after NaNoWriMo and I completed the revision later in March, while being on vacations in Florida. I never stopped revising, but things got much slower between December and March. I expected and planned as much. I needed to get back to my normal priorities, and catch up on sleep.
In the end, NaNoWriMo won't work for everyone, but for me, it has become an amazing tool and source of motivation. I am already thinking about next year, when I plan on revising The Stranger of Ul Darak once again (I revised Stranger during NaNoWriMo 2017 - it has grown since then, and by November, it should be ready for another in-depth revision).