NaNoWriMo has come to an end! Wow, those thirty days just flew by. Well, some of them flew by, others dragged on and on. Some were great, others not so much. That’s all a part of attempting to write 50,000 words in such a short period of time. With every NaNoWriMo that I participate in, I learn a bit more about myself, my writing and what I am capable of. Not every year is a success. Last year, was an utter failure. Over the course of this NaNoWriMo, I have shared updates on where I have been at. It’s now time for the NaNoWriMo 2019 final results! Drumroll, please!
NaNoWriMo 2019 Final results
At this point, I didn’t want to write anymore. I was done. My book wasn’t done, but my brain was done. NaNoWriMo burnout has hit. Not surprising given how much writing I have done up to this point. I have forgotten how words work or even how to make them. Nothing makes sense anymore. So, I didn’t bother writing.
That’s a lie. I wrote, of course, I did. I had to. It’s the principle of the matter. My heart wasn’t in it though, and I’m honestly terrified for when I have to go back and edit this section. Even so, I did manage to write 1286 words. It’s much more than I expected to write. I feel it’s important to mention that I also worked on 7 blog posts this day. No, they aren’t finished posts, but that’s still crazy.
Remember how yesterday I was absolutely done with everything? Well, apparently this day didn’t get that memo. I sat down thinking I’d be lucky to get only a few hundred words and then all of a sudden I had written 2175 words!
This was a crazy hectic day. There were so many things stealing away my attention. I worked on a Christmas craft, cleaned the house, tackled laundry and did a ton of blog work. I even thought I had forgotten to write when I was about to get into bed. But a quick check of the NaNoWriMo site showed that I had indeed written earlier in the day. It was only 536 words but that’s better than nothing. Apparently, those words weren’t important enough for me to remember them. My apologies dear NaNoWriMo project, I promise to never do this again.
My brain continued ignored the memo that we were done. I honestly didn’t even want to write, but I sat down to do it anyway. Lo and behold, a short time later I had written 2013 words! I guess those words had been hiding in the recesses of my mind waiting for their opportunity to shine.
This was the day I thought would be my first zero word count day. I was so busy with other things that I didn’t think about writing for most of the day. When I did finally sit down to write, I spent far too long staring at my word document. Then I played an hour or two of World of Warcraft, watched some anime and YouTube, and then was finally about to call it quits. But just as I went to close Word, my writing muse woke up. I quickly typed up 405 words and then my muse went back to sleep.
What’s an easy way to know we are in the final days of NaNoWriMo? Look at the drastic drop in the daily word count. A prime example of this is the mere 274 words that I wrote on this day. NaNoWriMo burnout is still plaguing me, but I’m trying hard to write each day.
Just when I thought I had hit a writing wall and wouldn’t get any writing done, I sprinted my way to 1657 words this day. This is great because I was able to write a scene that I had skipped over earlier. So the story is a bit more fleshed out now.
Writing was the furthest thing from my mind this day. In fact, I was actively doing everything I could to avoid it. However, as the late evening arrived, I decided to do it anyway. A simple 20-minute sprint allowed me to write 647 words.
The final day, where everyone lets out a collective sigh of relief. We have survived thirty days of writing. It maybe day 30, but that means there are still words to create. We cannot have our final day be a zero word day. My brain was an incredible pile of mush by now, but I did manage to force out 112 words for the day.
My final word count for this year’s NaNoWriMo is 80836. Can you believe that! This is my best NaNoWriMo ever! Usually, I just hit the 50,000-word mark and then collapse into a pile of goo, regardless of when that goal was hit.
Thank goodness it’s over! This last week hasn’t been the best, despite still writing every day. My passion for writing this story has dropped dramatically because of the ongoing burnout. The word count ceases to matter when your brain is done with the process as a whole. While I still want to fully see this project to the end, because there are still some parts to write and obvious editing that will need to be done in the future, I am grateful that it’s over. I am now going to take a much-deserved break from writing, rest my brain for a few days and then worry about finishing this first draft.
I hope you enjoyed this NaNoWriMo 2019 final results update. How as your NaNoWriMo 2019 experience? Are you as ready for a break from writing as I am?