Writing update: a mid-ish nanowrimo check in

Hello! I can’t believe that we’re already over halfway through nanowrimo! I meant to get this post out last monday, but that just ended up not happening, so instead I’m bringing it to you today!

Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal for nanowrimo is to write a novel in a month! This is my second year participating, and although it is hard to stay on track and write so much every day, it’s a lot of fun and I thought I’d make an update post about how nanowrimo is currently going for me!

Where I’m at with writing:

My word count for nanowrimo is currently at 18.5 thousand words, which is way behind where I was hoping to be. If I was on track, I’d be at 36 thousand words today, and I am most definitely not there.

I’m a little sad about how far behind I’ve fallen, and definitely wish I had more time to write. I am still really happy at how much I’ve written this month though, and with where I’m at. I’ve been thinking about my current project for a long time, and it’s been so fun to finally dive into it.

The book I’m working on drafting is a sapphic sleeping beauty retelling set in Ancient Greece, between Aurora, the daughter of a Greek king, and Calypso.

I actually first came up with the idea for it at the end of nanowrimo last year, but am just now finally getting to writing it. I have more about the book and what it’s about in my last writing update post, but I will put a little aesthetic/moodboard thing I made for the book right here:

I know I shared it last time… but I spent a ton of time on it, and I really like how it turned out. I think it captures the story as best as a couple of pictures could, so I hope you enjoy it.


What I’m hoping to do by the end of the month:

In a perfect world, I would get to fifty thousand words by the end of the month, but that’s kind of very unlikely to happen. I’m going to still try for it, and over the next eight days I’m going to do my best to write as much as I possibly can.

But, I really really want to at least get to thirty thousand words, which averages to one thousand words a day, which I think is very much attainable for me. So yeah, that’s how I’m hoping it will go.

I’ve divided the book into five section, each one which right now will be about ten thousand words. I’m only through two right now, but my goal is to get to finish the third one by Thanksgiving, the fourth by the twenty eight, and then to just power through the last one in the last couple days of the month. I have no idea how this is going to go, but I’m going to try my best with it.


Wrapping this up:

I don’t think I really have any other plans for the rest of November, other than to write as much as I can! This post is pretty short, because I really don’t have much more time, but I still hope that it was interesting for you to read. I’d love to hear about your writing projects, and how nanowrimo is going if you’re participating in it this year!

Are you doing nanowrimo this year? If so, how is it going? Do you have any current writing projects? Chat with me in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Writing update: a mid-ish nanowrimo check in

    1. It really does! The last couple days I’ve made some good progress, so I’m going to do my best to write as much as I can, now and in December. And I’m so glad you think the story sounds amazing 🥰

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