Looking back at NaNoWriMo…

NaNoWriMo 2017 is officially OVER. Honestly, this year has been a riot of fun. Macbook Pro/laptop issues aside (which was stressful as hell—back up your work, people), I’ve been SUPER productive this month, and overall, I’m pleased with my final word count for November. I’ve ended up with 61k for November, and although there were days where it was like pulling teeth, I adore my book and can’t wait to get started on revising. I’m guessing I have another 10-15k to go, so I intend to have this draft done-done-done before the end of the year.

For those who are curious…here are my stats for NaNoWriMo 2017! You can see how I slowed down once I reached my goal of 50k; I needed that time to think, and breathe, and take a break to reevaluate where I was taking the story.

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While it might not be uncommon for me to write roughly NaNoWriMo-speed/word count each month, writing books is never easy: each book holds their own challenges, own joys, and it’s always, always a rewarding feeling to finish a book or round of edits. It’s been about a year since I’ve drafted something shiny and new, so indulging in that drafting experience sort of felt like coming home…as cliche as that sounds. And each time I write a novel, there’s always something new I learn, or have to relearn from past experiences. And so…

nano-2017-winner-badgeThings I learned/relearned during NaNoWriMo:

  • It’s 100% okay to let yourself write crap. This is basically how I got through NaNo. Because I let myself suck. Because I told myself revision comes later, and that right now, getting the story down was the important part.
  • Music is my anchor to my story. I learn this every time I write/revise a story. I literally cannot imagine writing without my playlists; I just don’t think the words could come (some more music from my NaNo WIP later in this post!!!)
  • I’ll never have the patience to be a rigorous plotter, but having a handful of key scenes I’m looking forward to writing helps so, so much.
  • I learned that finding my way of writing a book and not comparing myself to others is helpful, too. Keep your eyes down…and WORK. Everyone’s process is different. Embrace it, love it, and get that project you’re working on done.
  • I talked about this in my last post—where I suggested five ways to stay motivated during NaNo—and I seriously cannot stress the help of breaks enough. Often it feels like I’m wasting time, but in reality, it’s letting my brain/subconscious fill in the blanks for my novel or untangle plot holes.
  • Writing sprints are ah-mazing. They might not work for everyone—but they helped to keep me motivated and upped my word count a lot. And just being part of the amazingly passionate and kind writing community is motivating in itself.

And, as promised, here’s another track from my NaNo book’s playlist.

Really Slow Motion is QUICKLY becoming one of my favorite score-makers (alongside Two Steps from Hell and Audiomachine), because every new song of theirs I discover just seems to blow me away. There’s just something so…uplifting and so determined about this song I love (and consequently reminds of my protagonist.)

Aaaand that’s all for today’s post. But I’ll be back later this month to look back over my 2017 writing goals & see just how many of them I’ve accomplished.

How did you go in NaNoWriMo 2017? Regardless of whether you won or not…be SO proud of your progress & accomplishments. What did you learn this year from the event? (And, holy hell guys, have you seen the trailer for the Avengers: Infinity War? It. Looks. SO. Good. I’ve already watched it an unhealthy amount of times…)

Currently reading: Still LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare, and still loving it. (P.S. Did you hear that she’s writing a brand-new epic fantasy series for adults!? Eeek, SO excited!!!)

Currently listening to: “Cronos” by Jo Blankenburg (this entire album is amazing, dude.)

4 thoughts on “Looking back at NaNoWriMo…

  1. Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles says:

    Congratulations on the win!! 61k is amazing! 🙂 I also totally agree on your tip about finding your OWN way to write. When I was a younger writer it was so easy to get caught up in the comparison game, and while I’m not perfect now, I try to be more self-ware about it and change my thinking. Congrats again, I hope you’re able to finish up the last of it with ease!


    • karaterzis says:

      Thank you so much, Rebecca!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh my gosh, yes—I was the same way. And honestly, there are still days where it’s just SO hard not to compare. But keeping your eyes on your own work & just writing the best YOU can is something I find so helpful to remember.


  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    EEP CONGRATS AGAIN, KARA!! 🎉🎉 And our word counts are nearly the same! *hi fives* Well, I mean I finished mine at 62K so I hope the rest of your words behave and come nicely to finish off your draft! I think it’s really important to accept it’s okay to write crap for these pesky first drafts. I definitely have to remind myself that it’s okay. 😂😂 Anyway, off to listen to that Slow Motion song (! I love them too!)

    (And also so freaking excited for Cassandra Clare’s new series!!)


    • karaterzis says:

      THANK YOU, CAIT!! And yes—I literally finished the novel a handful of hours after this post went up! I’m SO pleased it’s done. I mean, I loved writing it, but I also know that it’s going to need a lotttttt of revisions (which I AM looking forward to… sort of.) Yesss, Really Slow Motion are amazing. I hope you love the song!!


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