NaNoWriMo results – did I hit my word count goal?

NaNoWriMo progress update

November has come and gone and with it the end of NaNoWriMo. This 30-day-long writing challenge is something I look forward to each year. Though my NaNoWriMo results vary greatly from year to year, I still enjoy it. If you are curious about how the first half of the month went, you can check out my progress report.

NaNoWriMo results

Days 16 to 20

I can’t exactly recall what happened during these days. However, what I know is that I didn’t get a single word written. It happens sometimes. So my total word count at this point was 8426. Yes, I’m fairly far behind at this point, but it’s not the end of the world. The time I might have spent writing, I started working on a couple of craft projects.

Day 21

Finally, after struggling to get any writing done, I sat down and banged out 522 words. Now, that’s not quite the 1667 words I need each day to reach the end goal, but after not writing for nearly a week, I was happy with it. This brought my total word count up to 8948. On top of this, I worked several crafting projects.

Days 22 & 23

Hello, writer’s block! Seriously, this year has been such a struggle. I am still not sure if it’s the story or if it’s something else, but I am once again drawing a blank on writing. On the upside, this gave me the time I needed to work on some crafts.

Day 24

I did some writing! Unfortunately, it wasn’t for my novel. That being said, typing up five blog posts in the space of two hours is a pretty good achievement. At this point, it would honestly take a miracle to catch up and hit the 50,000-word count goal.

Days 25-27

I don’t think I even looked at my writing project at all during this time. I wanted to, I really did want to keep writing, but at this point, I had admitted defeat. During this time, I did a bunch of crafting.

Day 28

Defeat be damned! I had a sudden burst of inspiration and added another 417 words! This brought my word total up to 9365.

Days 29 & 30

Remember my day 28 word count total? Yeah, it remained that way for the remainder of NaNoWriMo, which was these two days.

So obviously I didn’t “win” this year. I was 40,635 words away from my target word count. It’s a bit disappointing, as I was really hoping to add another win to my profile. I’m not particularly mad or disappointed in myself. I got a lot of other things done over the course of the month.

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? If so, how did you do?


  1. Even though you had some struggles, I know your book will be amazing!!

    1. Thank you! I still plan to work on it later on, it just didn’t happen during NaNoWriMo, but that’s okay.

  2. How nice that you have crafting to turn to when suffering from writer’s block. Also, 5 blog posts in 2 hours! Wow! I’m trying to improve my blog-writing speed, and that’s inspiring. Thanks for posting your reflection on the month.

    1. Yes, it was nice to have some other things to do when the words weren’t’ flowing. I’m sure you will be able to increase your blog writing speed.

  3. I think you did really well, that’s still a lot of words! You can’t force creativity so it’s probably better if you have days off in between writing 🙂 Well done! xx

    1. That’s very true. I’m happy with what I go because it still get me that much closer to writing the whole story – and eventually it will get finished.

  4. The very fact that you got involved and gave it a go says something and is something you should be incredibly, incredibly proud of! Not a lot of people can say they have attempted it! x

    1. That’s true. I’m happy with how much I got done and I know there is always next year to try to hit the 50k mark.

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