NaNoWriMo progress report

NaNoWriMo progress update

It’s officially the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be fun to give you a little update on how I’m doing. Though I have posted a few minor updates on Twitter, I haven’t gone into too much detail. Thus, I give you my official halfway-through NaNoWriMo progress report.

NaNoWriMo progress report

Days 1 & 2

I started off strong. Getting ahead on the first day is something that I strive to do each year. Not only does it make me feel great, but it gives me that little cushion for days when the words don’t flow as easily. At the end of day 1, I was sitting at 1703 words, which is just over the daily goal of 1667 words. I followed this up with 1906 words written on day two, bringing my total word count to 3609.

Day 3 to 7

This is where things died off with my writing. But, I have a good reason for that. We had a major painting project going on in our house, something that we had been meaning to do for quite some time, so the words had to wait. We were racing against time to get this done as it had to happen before it got too cold outside. Cold walls don’t hold paint well. I did manage to get some blog work done during these days, but the majority of my time was spent painting. While my word count suffered, I am so glad that we finally got those rooms painted and the house looks wonderful.

Day 8

We were finally done with the painting and the house was back together. Now it was time to get back into writing. Taking nearly a week off meant it was hard to get back into the groove. I did manage to get 304 words done on day 8, which isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. Of course, I forgot to update my word count on this day, so these words got added to my day 9 total.

Day 9

After a bit of struggle getting back into writing on day 8, I was ready to go on day 9. With my writing music on and a severely neglected story in my mind, I set about writing. In no time I had typed up 2182 words. It felt good to be back at it. This brought my total word count up to 6095. At this point, I am still several days behind on my word count, but at least I am still going.

Days 10 & 11

Weekends are those busy times for me. It’s when I do my weekly baking and get our laundry done. We also have a tradition of sitting down as a family and watching a movie every Saturday night. Because of this, no writing happened on day 10. When day 11 rolled around, I was eager to get back to it. But life kept me distracted for most of the day. Finally, it was nighttime, which is my prime writing time. I turned on my writing music, opened up Microsoft word, and then proceeded to sit there for just over an hour not writing. It’s funny to think about it now, but I was so busy enjoying listening to the writing music that I forgot to write! Sometimes, the items in your NaNoWriMo survival kit backfire on you.

Day 12

This was a busy typing day for me. I started doing blog work in the morning and didn’t stop until late afternoon. I managed to finish two blog posts and draft another one during that time. That in itself is impressive since I normally struggle to do any form of writing during daylight hours. Just when I thought that I might have used up all my writing power, I was able to add 2089 words to my word count, bringing the total up to 8184. I’m still behind but slowly catching up.

Day 13

After having such an amazingly productive day the previous day, I, of course, got no writing done on day 13. It happens.

Day 14

Well, I wasn’t very productive writing-wise this day. I did manage a small bit of writing, adding 242 words, bringing up my total to 8426.

Day 15

Since we are currently on this day, and I haven’t yet done any writing, there’s not much to say. I will update this once I do any writing.

Thus ends my NaNoWriMo progress report. The above chart shows how my word count looks compared to where it should be. I’m still behind by quite a bit, but I’m not bothered by that. I’m still writing and that’s the important part.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How is your word count coming along?


  1. Sarah, you are getting there! I have not gotten this far, my first compilation is being published by the end of the month and my first solo book will hopefully be out before Christmas, it is difficult, but you are doing a great job! You will make it!

    1. Ah, that’s so exciting! One day I hope to be published, but that’s amazing that you have two things coming out in such a short time! Thanks, I figure even if I don’t hit the word count goal, I’m still getting that much closer to a finished product and that’s a win in my book.

  2. Honestly, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo or anything like it, but kudos to you and all who do! How do you think you will ultimately manage the setbacks? Do you finish each day with a plan for where you want to go the next day? Whether with my blog now, or previously with academic writing projects in my former life, I always found that laying out the next day’s agenda, prompts, and to-do’s was a big help in keeping me on track with my productivity goals…

    1. Thanks. I don’t really pay attention to the setbacks since that can cause me to panic and fall even further behind. I don’t really have a plan for the next day, or even the current day for that matter 99% of the time. I just sit down and write whatever comes to me, sometimes it’s for the current project and other times it’s for something else. Blog writing is different and I definitely plan ahead for that most of the time, but when it comes to writing novels and stories I just let the words flow because that’s what works best for me.

  3. It’s awesome that you are participating in NaNoWriMo! Do you intend to publish the book when you’re finished?

    1. While I can’t say yes for sure. I would love to have one of my novel published at some point – but that would mean actually finishing them first. I’m great at starting them, but in all my years of writing, I have never seen one through to the end.

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