I Crushed It. Now What Will I Do? I’m Addicted.

I wrote 50,000 words in 23 days to win NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.

Nanowrimo2014 Yeah baby!

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I happy danced and then cried a little when the NaNoWriMo Team sent a YouTube Video with their congratulations.

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Every day in November, I woke up and felt driven. Writing in the morning worked the best for me, but oftentimes I started up again around four O’clockish.  I had to make time for it no matter what was going on. Yesterday, I was less than 2000 words away from my 50,000 word goal, but I went skiing with my husband, Danny, our niece and her boyfriend.

First day at Breck

I wrote on the way down the mountain, (in my car, of course, and no, I wasn’t driving), but I was 800 words shy of the 50,000 word total when we rolled up in Boulder. After writing an average of 2179 words per day, it killed me to be so close, but I had to go to sleep.

Because skiing.

After cranking out a rough draft and working my hiney off every day in November, what will it feel like tomorrow?

Nanowrimo 5

Nanowrimo 6

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I could have NaNoWriMo Withdrawal!

Beware of these symptoms:

  • A strong desire to update word counts.

Treatment: Compile Tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts and then paste them into Word documents to keep from getting the shakes.

  • Nervous ticks like checking out your writing buddies’ word count every fifteen minutes.

Treatment: Keep cheering them on even though you miss the competition and are tempted to start another book.

  • Obsessive thoughts of wallpapering your bedroom with NaNoWriMo Winner Web Badges.


Treatment: Since you are fascinated with the swirly decorative winner logo, use it as inspiration for a smaller scale art project. If you don’t snap out of it, you’ll be doing all kinds of art projects, at the asylum.

  • Habitually clicking around your NaNoWriMo site to see your unchanging stats and purple winner ribbon all hours of the day and night.

Treatment: Step away from your computer! Get out of your house NOW! GET A LIFE! 

What will I do?

I plan to shovel the dust bunnies off the wood floors and then wash twenty-five loads of dirty clothes. After hosing down the house, I’ll fill my empty refrigerator.  Okay. I’m addicted. I’ll make notes for my third book in the series. Even new habits die hard.

Would you consider participating in NaNoWriMo?

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  1. Whoa, that is a huge accomplishment! I can’t imagine writing so much in such a short time. I would never try it, not because I don’t have addictive tendencies, but mainly due to lack of time. Maybe once my kids are in college?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


    1. So far this morning, I haven’t checked my stats or had the shakes. But the day is young! 😉 You should write a funny memoir about your relationship with your mom.
      Have a happy Thanksgiving too, Darla! It’s always great to “see” you!


  2. Congratulations and way ahead of schedule! That’s so YOU!

    Is it a finished story (other than editing of course), or does it need a lot of expanding? 50,000 words is a good novella length right? After I did NaNo a couple of years ago, I found somewhere that published what they called “pocket books” of 50,000 words, and my NaNo story was exactly the type of story they published (murder/mystery/thriller type stories with a strong female lead character). So I tidied mine up and sent it – they didn’t accept it but they gave me really good and helpful feedback, they said they really liked the story, and they liked the main female character but some of the other parts didn’t work for them. So even though it wasn’t a successful outcome, I was actually really pleased with myself that I’d made the effort to at least try to do something with it after NaNo!


    1. That is fantastic!!! Congrats to you.
      The first book in the series is 92,000 words, but after writing the second, the first will go through another revision. This one will definitely be expanded.
      Thanks so much Vanessa-Jane!


  3. WOW! I go to work at 8:30am but maybe if I get up a bit earlier I can do some morning writing. I usually try in the evening and my mind is in 1,000 different places and I can’t focus.


    1. Thanks so much Cathy!
      The snow was fantastic on Springmeyer and the Colorado chair is a new 6-banger high speed lift. But Crescendo was super thin and I hit a few rocks. They’ve gotten 15 inches since Saturday!
      Are you going up this weekend?


    1. Thanks! It was really fun! I used to make fun of it and thought it ridiculous that anyone could write a book in a month. What it does, as you probably already know, is force writers to finish their first draft.
      I think planning ahead really helped me too. 🙂


  4. Well done! I know it may seem weird, but I am not a natural writer, nor do I like it much. Our blog started as a way to keep in touch with family and friends back home and it has taken on a life of its own 🙂 I wish I could enjoy writing for nanowrimo, but I am glad that I know people like you who do. It is so impressive.


    1. Writing really took me by surprise. It’s not for everyone, but it really is my passion. I think many started blogging for the same reason as the one you mentioned. When publishing took a hit five years ago, would-be authors like me were told we needed to build a following, so here I am. I’m glad we met!
      Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks so much! There was no rest for the weary today. Life is telling me to go back to writing. I sliced my index finger on a Christmas light. YOUCH! Why have I not done that before? It’s a sign I tell you! 🙂


  5. Not on your life…or mine, would I participate in NonNoNonNo or what ever it is…
    I retired from the newspaper game so I’d never face another deadline again. And I’m loving it.
    I’m writing on my own terms now… which is “whenever” and sometimes “never”. It doesn’t matter if I write everyday or not…and I’m stressless (Is that a word? I don’t have an editor anymore…hey, come to think about it, at’s another think I don’t miss!).

    But I am excited for you and all of you who take part in such a worthy competition. I’m.glad you all win!

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    1. Hey! Great to “see” you Nia!
      Thanks so much! I had no idea when I signed up, how I would do, but I really liked the competition and camaraderie among the participants. It’s a very well organized event.

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      1. I’m glad to hear it! I’ve been doing it unofficially with my critique partners. Congratulations again. You are making good progress on your series. I didn’t know it was a series until I read this!

        Hope your holding up from the withdrawals! I am finally getting some words down again after a 5 day (or so) hiatus.


  6. So glad you’ve got your priorities straight – skiing first, then finish NANORIMO. And congrats on finishing, but I’m not likely to join you. I stop and rewrite too much along the way to go for speed like that.


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