NaNoWriMo 2017: Ending Thoughts

I already knew the third week was going to be the toughest. I had my finals, birthday, and traveling arrangements that took up large chunks of my time. I thought I’d be able to write on my birthday, but I was very mistaken. I had devoted three hours to studying for my American Art History exam for my 8am class the following day, and while I wished I was writing, I got a 95 on it so it was well worth it. I was exhausted for the rest of the week between traveling and getting with the groove of things.

I didn’t write from November 15th until November 18th, cutting out the three days I had gone ahead by working hard in the first week that I had been saving for the end of the month. Uh-oh. I was able to write about four hundred words on the eighteenth, and promptly gave up. I couldn’t grab back the energy I had to continue writing the novel, and even though I was just about to get to one of the most exciting parts, I couldn’t pull through.

In other words, I burned out. When I challenged myself in July to finish my book I had been working on, I had written many other short stories and worked on other projects while working on my main one. I also didn’t have school. This time around, I only exclusively worked on the one book, and also my school projects. Once I stopped writing my NaNoWriMo book, I begun writing various other projects and short stories to declutter my brain. It was relaxing, and in hindsight, I could’ve potentially used a twenty minute warm-up before my writing session each day. I feel like that could’ve helped in some aspects.

I’m not sure if I will ever be able to finish NaNoWriMo in November. It’s such a loaded month mixed with exams, traveling, and also my birthday. Of course, I’ll try, try again, but I doubt it’ll be as easy as sitting in a cabin doing only writing for three weeks. This summer I’ll be taking a summer semester at my college (now that I’ve changed my major, I have a tiny bit of catch-up to do) so I’ll be interested to see if I can win with Camp NaNoWriMo.

As for the novel I started in this month, I have left off at 28,562 words. If I can, I’d be interested in finishing it in December or January. I feel like I need a bit of time away from it before I come back ready to finish it. The second act could use a bit more of events to lead to the climax. I doubt it would’ve been 50,000 words in the first place, but I guess we’ll just see when I do finish it!