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NaNoWriMo – Done!

This morning my word count hit 50,308. So that’s it – I’ve reached the NaNoWriMo target of 50,000 words in 30 days and with a day in hand. 🥳

It’s been an interesting experiment and one that, in the main, I’ve enjoyed.

So what now?

To be honest I don’t know – What I do know is that I haven’t yet written a novel, not even close.


  • An uncompleted and rough (very rough) first draft.
  • Two interesting characters.
  • A plot of sorts – It has a beginning and a middle, but no ending yet.


  • I can be far more productive that I thought possible (goals and deadlines work)
  • Stories can indeed ‘write themselves’ …. sort of. ( There were many days when I had no idea what I was going to write about, but once I started, events and dialogue just ‘appeared’.)
  • For the above to happen you just start typing!
  • Not to edit as I write.


  • Carry on with the first draft (the story hasn’t run its course, I think it’ll need another 20 or 30 thousand words to finish well).
  • Set a target of 1st Jan 2021 to get that finished.

Those NaNoWriMo folks are scheming buggers you know. They intice you in with talk of a little challenge, it’ll only take 30 days they say, it’ll be fun they say.

Well I took the bait and now it’s too late – I’m hooked.

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One Comment

  1. Paul Paul

    Congratulations, Neil. That’s something I have yet to achieve. No mean feet! Well done, mate! There’s life in the old dog! 🤣 Hopefully, it will be something worth publishing.

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