Updated: Nov 17, 2021
It's the last day of NaNoWriMo today. How did I fair?
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I have to say, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be seeing as I had a very lovely writing schedule.
To be honest, writing the weekly blogs took me a long time because I spent a good hour or so drafting the content. More importantly, I was busy creating hyperlinks, finding gifs and pictures to make this less dry of a read. I proofread them as well before I scheduled them so now you know my secret. I'm a huge fan of the scheduler tools.
That said, while I was able to complete most of the weekly blog post as part of my personal challenge in the first week of NaNoWriMo, I spent more time juggling between writing the writing prompts, going for my driving lessons, worrying about my trades, coordinating the launch of the side business with some friends and writing E-Ghost more than anything else.
It's not as bad as my 50 + 50 Event preparation last month. That was crazy, this isn't.
(Edit: I take it back, I killed myself doing so many marketing activities for the event.)
I didn't exactly spend the entire month writing 50,000 words solely. That's on about 2,500 words per day excluding weekends in a regular month of 4 weeks. Let me give you a rough idea of the things I can do now that I'm currently jobless.
My average writing speed is 20 wpm. My average word count in a day is about 5,000 to 8,000 words. I can write at least 1,000 words an hour and I'm at the desk and computer for nearly 8 to 10 hours a day if not longer.
This also means I took only two weeks or so to complete writing that novel for publishing. I spent the rest of the time doing marketing, editing and other stuff that needed my attention. Note that I do not take breaks during the weekends or at night. I work all the time and have been called a "workaholic" by people who know me. I'm guilty of that but I don't mind. I love what I'm doing. Writing is my life.
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The one thing that really got me really down during the NaNoWriMo madness was the health portion of my life. Just the first week in, I sprained my left wrist. My fingers hurt each time they hit the keyboard so typing was inconvenient after a while. That's what writing more than 5,000 words a day do to you after a while. Did I mention I also sprained my ankle after one of the driving classes that left me unable to walk for a week?
Will I attempt NaNoWriMo again? Possibly. It was fun but I don't think I need a NaNoWriMo to get me motivated to ink anything. In fact, I found a somewhat working rhythm by the end of it all. I still need to write for December's stash of Ball of Nothing and I don't know what 2021 holds for me after this but if possible, I would love to continue creating content that isn't signed exclusively.
Sadly, I might not be able to continue this mad writing schedule in 2021 because I'm not earning enough for a living doing just writing so I will have to go look for full-time employment and all of these may die but while 2020 lasted, I was glad I had the chance to live the fleeting dream of becoming a full-time writer.
Forget about that last depressing note. I'm just happy that I did NaNoWriMo at least once even if it is an unofficial record. That said, don't forget to look out for My Wife is an E-Ghost! I will be publishing it soon when my book cover is ready. But for everyone else wanting to read it and not own it, it is now available on my Patreon for Des-perate Reader Tier and above!
(Edit: I'm thinking about pitching on Tapas so keep your eyes peeled!)
That's all from me, I'm going to hibernate for now.
This is Destiny Aitsuji, signing off...