NaNoWriMo 2020 final update

With the arrival of December, writers around the world can let out a collective sigh of relief that they survived another NaNoWriMo. Whether you managed to hit that 50000 word count goal or came up shy, go ahead and give yourself a round of applause. Writing a novel in a single month is no easy task and even failures can teach you something about your writing. Now that the challenge is over it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. This will cover the last three days of writing and how I felt my overall experience went.

Curious about how the previous weeks went? Check out my week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 updates.

NaNoWriMo 2020 final update

Day 28

Saturdays are always busy. This one didn’t really feel overly busy and yet I didn’t find time to write. I’m not sure if it simply slipped my mind or I didn’t feel like it, but either way, no words were added. Though the writing didn’t happen, I do know that there was quality family time happening this day and a few tasks that needed to get done. So it wasn’t a total write-off.

Day 29

Another day of no writing. I got sucked into Shadowlands and didn’t even think about writing. It’s a shame because I do love this story idea and want to give it the attention it deserves but it just wasn’t meant to be this day.

Day 30

This is it, the final day of NaNoWriMo! It was eleven days ago that I hit the 50000-word mark and while I could have stopped there I decided to keep writing. Admittedly, my writing has slowed down quite a bit but I had my attention elsewhere – mostly playing World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. I did manage to get a bit of writing done, mostly finishing one scene I had previously been working on. While 471 words aren’t much, I am happy with that, especially after two days without writing. This brought my final word count to 55196.

How I felt this year’s NaNoWriMo went

Like most years, I went into NaNoWriMo excited to explore a new story idea. This one I had spent quite a bit of time planning out and initially I thought that outline and prep work had covered everything I would need to complete this story. However, as the words flowed I started to realize that there were gaps in the planning, some small which could easily be figured out along the way. Other gaps were actually large gaping holes that nearly brought my writing to a complete stop. While I did manage to temporarily work around these, it did show that the outline needed to be almost completely reworked to make this story happen.

Hitting 50000 words in 19 days was quite the feat and while I still have so much more of the story to write, the aforementioned plot issues have temporarily sidelined this progress. Does this mean I am giving up on this story? No! What it does mean, is that I need to devote a good amount of time reworking the outline, adjusting some characters, researching a few aspects, and a few other small tasks before I can once again dive into writing this story.

This work will happen in the coming weeks and months as I sort through what does and doesn’t work, make the necessary adjustments, and create a solid plan of action for this story.

I hope you enjoyed my NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? Did you hit your goal or come up short?



  1. Congrats on completing NaNoWriMo – I could never hit that many words so I’m always in awe of those who take part.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

    1. Thank you. Even if you don’t hit the word count, I think it’s a great way to push yourself. If you can, give it a try one year, you may be surprised how much you can write.

  2. Dear Sarah,

    Love this entry and I have also started documenting my important goals. Have a great 2021!

    1. Thank you. I’m glad I inspired you to keep track of your goals as well.

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