Did I win Nanowrimo? // Late Update (Week 4)

Hello Dreamers!

I hope you are having a fabulous day! Welcome to the last week of Nanowrimo (well by the time you read this post it would be over) You must be wondering whether I won or not. That is everybody’s question when you take part in something…is did you win? Well, now you are about to find out whether I did or not.

By the way, this is all recorded in my journal. I would show you via pictures but I doubt you won’t understand my handwriting. So here it is, typed from scratch, enjoy my messy thoughts being scribbled down here:

It is Day 25

I am sitting at 38,501 words. Come on Alex you can hit the word count, I keep telling myself but my hands were too tired to write some more. I will just have to push through. The finishing line… is right there…!

Time to try to aim for 3K. It seems impossible but I will do my best!

Jump to Day 27,

In the end, I didn’t make it to 3K but my current word count is 44,264. I can taste victory in my lips already as I am so close to winning Nanowrimo. Agh. I need 5K to go. Will I make it? I am so tired that I want to take a break and not write this piece of crap anymore. Argh. The story isn’t as interesting as I thought anymore.

Okay let’s go write some more. It is 11.35pm, and I wrote 3025 words! Yass! Progress is the key folks to success. Okay…I am too tired…time for bed.

Day 28,

It is almost end of Nanowrimo. Please reach it….dying inside…I am going to fall ill by the end of this month. Oh God, please give me the strength to finish my novel, to write these words. Move you hands…

Ah…..at 11.39pm, I managed to write 2881 words. Oh gosh, so close to 50K. 

So close! So close!!!
So to answer your question, did I or not win Nano. Scroll to see my answer 🙂

To the people that didn’t win Nanowrimo, it is alright. If you have missed my previous post, click here.  As I said in that post that, it is not about winning, it is about starting your story. National Novel Writing Month is all about the beginning. If you have written a single word or didn’t reach 50K in your manuscript, don’t feel down, because you’re already a winner. From what I have learnt over the past month that Nanowrimo is all about the time we spent with our manuscripts. The time we sit down to write. I can understand that we have lives outside this screen but spending time even if it is 5 minutes with your story is good enough. There is this proverb in my national language that I like to remind myself whenever I learn something new; sedikit-sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit. It basically means, as long as you keep on adding words onto the page it will soon become a manuscript.

Keep writing and keep those words coming until YOUR story is complete!

Till we meet again.

Dream a million dreams and make them come true!

Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

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The Key to Winning Nanowrimo // Week 2-3- (UPDATE)

This is hard. Writing is hard when you reach burn out too soon.

Current Situation: I have reached the point where my story sucks and now realised that this isn’t the story I want to tell. What should I do? There is nothing wrong with the outline since I am writing according to it. So where did I go wrong? Or am I having imposter syndrome right now?

*Frustration begins*  Few days back, I knew that I needed a break. I needed to step away from my Nano novel and do something else. This was too overwhelming. Stress. Argh pressure. Meltdown. This novel is trash. Bad thoughts keep swimming in my head, and the stress was causing me to breakdown.

So I did that. I spent time with family. Watched some of the movies I was meaning to get to. Listened to songs, danced to them. I just went out and be human again.

I even sang my heart out in the shower the other day. I had to let go of the stress. I couldn’t hold it back anymore! I told myself that I needed to do something else other than writing! Reading was just the thing I needed right now. It was my priority now. It was the one thing that could bring back the inspiration and motivation to strengthen the relationship with my novel.

Despite being a risk, it was a risk I had to take. Besides it was an emergency, and self-care comes first. So I had to do it. I may be behind from my word count but it was worth taking 4 days break from my novel. During my break, I read blog posts, articles about writing and publishing and watched Authortube and writing vlogs (loveeee it!). Talking and chilling with friends, just catching up was the best time. My mind felt so relaxed. It was refreshing. I even tried learning something else too; and that was writing reviews. Though I was still polishing my skills, it was fun to try something new. By then, I was a lot calmer and was back to my ‘real’ self. I was enjoying the peace of not posting every day’s word count on Instagram for accountability.

I realised something…I realised that I was too focused on the word count that I had forgotten about the essence of the story.

Realisation Strikes: I shouldn’t focus on the word count. The word count never mattered in the first place. It was about getting as much words down on the blank document. It was the words, and the story, not the number of words!! How could I not see that? I should have just focus on the story. The words from the story were the highlight of Nanowrimo. Did that make sense? It made sense in my head though. I should think of the story and then put words to paper. That is the key of winning Nanowrimo. That is what National Novel Writing Month is all about. It isn’t a competition. It isn’t about reaching 50K words, it is about writing your novel. It is about making an effort of starting it and finishing it.

Yes that is it! I am using this new, and fresh mindset as I dive back into Project Waves. Well, back to writing!

Till we meet again.

Dream a million dreams and make them come true!

Alex is signing out

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The Secret of Writing More During Nanowrimo

This Nanowrimo I decided to do something a little different.

I told myself that I wanted to finish this novel. So I needed to write faster. I needed to exceed the Nano-word count goal which is 1667 words per day. And that is a lot of words for me to put to paper. So how do I do that?

It got me thinking, maybe I should start writing where the action begins. In my 3-act-structure, the action begins in the whole of Act 2. I decided to not start writing from Act 1 which is the beginning of the story, but to write from Act 2. And then followed by Act 3. After that, only I’ll write the beginning.

Let me tell you, using this tactic has been mind-blowing. I have not completed that many words in one day before. It was usually 500 words because that was the daily goal I set for myself. And now, I have surpassed that which is a shocking surprise…really.

I realised,

Writing from where the ruckus starts has helped me exceed more words than I thought. Action scenes make you write more. It makes you write sensory things that your character is facing or feeling or sensing in a scene. So yes, more words.

Also, descriptions fill the scene with words too. Describing things thoroughly can help you get more words down. In week 1, day 3, I got stuck at one scene where I knew that was no way I could make it longer. I already knew that it needed to be the second scene already. And since I didn’t want to do write the 2nd scene, because I told myself to write one scene every day, I went back and rewrote a few paragraphs, lengthening the description in order to surpass my word count goal of the day.

To some of you, it may be a bad thing to do that because you might end up deleting everything, but to some who think it is manageable might think otherwise. So I ended up doing that. And it helped me a lot. I reached my Nano word count for that day.

Now back to writing! Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

Dream a million dreams and make them come true!

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