NaNoWriMo Redux…

So last year was my first official (though actually non-official) attempt at NaNoWriMo.

In a way I failed massively (didn’t come close to making my word count goals) but in another way it was a massive success.  As I put down 20k+ in a reasonable amount of time and advanced my worldbuilding for that particular book (Pariahs) dramatically. I still only have about 30k on that book a year later, but with reasonably good reason, and the worldbuilding is solid (though still missing pieces) and my outline is nice and tight.  More importantly I am still excited about the book, which is kind of huge.

All that said, I have two projects vying for my attention this year (Pariahs and a new project), and I’ve decided that I have better momentum and enthusiasm on the other newer project, so I’m going to focus on it for NaNo this year in the hopes that I can get to the finish line.  As of tonight I have 34.5k already on that book.  So 50k will likely take me through to the finish line, or at least very close.  I’m actually pushing very hard and trying to get there BEFORE November ends, but this should be a reasonable way to track how that goes regardless.

So, like last year, I’ll be unofficially tracking my progress (primarily via word count) here on 1979 Semi-Finalist.  I continue to be paranoid about titles (when I have a great one) so let’s just call this project SK.  And here’s an inkling of what it’s about. 

For those of you out there also doing NaNo – best of luck!  Now…GO!

SK = Tessa Battle and her axe 'The Black Dove'...


  1. Nick Marino’s avatar

    GOOD LUCK! I’ll definitely be following your progress. I’m giving NaNoWriMo a shot this year too, using it to finish up my book I’ve bee writing for two years.

  2. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Hey Thanks! So glad to hear you’re doing NaNo too. Are you tracking your progress anywhere? If not, come here and report back frequently! Good luck!

  3. Darnell Johnson’s avatar

    Im doing it now too =D!…Well, its 9:45 here….and Im…1400 words behind the 1667 words/day goal o.o! On that note cya >_<!

    I wish you the best this year as well, it'll be tough, but rewarding.

  4. Daniel C. (@ElectricV01)’s avatar

    You can do it! Go, Kelly Go! =D

    I started mine tonight! Plopped down 3178 words in about 2 and half hours. Got the whole prologue done and I am quite happy!

  5. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @Darnell: So glad! Good luck to you!

    @Daniel C. Jesus. Over 3k in 2.5 hours is no bullshit – great job – strong start!

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