NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update

The fourth week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This is the point where writers are either casually cruising toward the finish line or frantically typing for all their worth in an attempt to come close. The word count goal total for this week is 45,009. That is certainly a lot of words, however, it’s also deliciously close to the end. Soon, we writers can let out a sigh of relief and give our keyboards a well-deserved rest – at least until our characters and plot demand our attention once more. Speaking of plot, let’s move on to my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update.

Curious to see how the previous weeks of writing went? Then be sure the check out my week 1, week 2, and week 3 writing updates.

NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update

Day 21

After sleeping in this morning, I was ready to get to it. But the words had to wait a bit. There were groceries to get, a dog to walk, and a few chores around the house to tackle first. Once those were out of the way, I was free to write, and write I did. In what felt like only minutes, I was able to write 3794 words. With that, I crossed the 50,000-word mark and officially ‘won’ NaNoWriMo. Of course, that doesn’t mean my novel is done. Far from it in fact, but it’s nice to see that word count surpass what was needed to complete the challenge.

Day 22

I started early this day, taking advantage of some morning writing sprints. I knew I wanted to dedicate as much time to writing as possible, so the earlier I started the better. Plus sprints truly do help me get those words down faster. After those, I took the afternoon off from novel writing to work on the blog and another project before switching back to the novel in the evening. Once again, writing sprints were my friend. For my NaNoWriMo project, I was able to write 3932 words.

My total word count for this day was 13,286. It would have been nice if all those words were for my novel but I cannot complain at all about how much writing I got done.

Day 23

My brain was feeling slightly fried after yesterday’s writing marathon. So, I took the morning off, tending to some other tasks, mostly catching up on anime and playing World of Warcraft. However, as the afternoon approached I couldn’t help but turn to creating words. Initially, I worked on some blog posts and then on another writing-related project. As early evening approached, I figured it was time to put some effort into my novel. With the help of my writing playlist, I was able to produce 1906 words. Certainly not as much as I had hoped for, but given all the writing I did earlier in the day I was happy with that.

Day 24

I took a detour this day. Since I had already hit the 50,000 mark, I felt it would be fun to deviate from this story just a bit. One of the short stories I had written earlier in the year, but lost when my hard drive failed, was starting to demand attention once more. So, I decided I would give that idea another go. I cannot believe how quickly the words piled up but it became apparent not far into the rewrite that this will no longer be a short story but a full-length novel. For this story, I wrote 4302 words. Since they were written in November and are technically for a novel, I figured it was safe to count them towards NaNoWriMo.

Day 25

I decided to stick with working on the secondary project this day. It made sense in a number of ways, but mostly because that is where my muse wanted to be. A couple of word sprints in the morning and I quickly added 2894 words to the story.

Day 26

For the third day in a row, I worked on my second project. I really like where this one is going and it’s giving me a nice break from my main project, allowing me to brainstorm through a roadblock I am finding myself at. Before I knew it, I had written 3148 words.

Day 27

I decided to take a break and skip writing today. So needless to say, I got zero words this day.

This brings my total word count to 67,521. This story is nowhere near complete, especially since the vast majority of the month has been spent recreating the outline, reworking plot points that I feel no longer work, and building character sheets so I can reference them while writing. However, the direction that this story is going this time around has me feeling so happy. There are still a few plot holes I need to work on, but there are a few days left of NaNoWriMo to do just that, plus I have the months ahead to work on it as well.

I hope you enjoyed my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update. What have you been writing this month?

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