NaNoWriMo 2022 in Review

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November is already at its end, and so is NaNoWriMo.

If you’re new around here, NaNoWriMo is a yearly challenge for writers in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month. I’ve been doing the challenge for years, and it’s how I start the first drafts of many of my novels.

So, how’d I do this year?

H.E.’s 2022 NaNo Stats

Words written: 70,057

Days written: 30

Most words written in a day: 7,509

Fewest words written in a day: 427

Date I reached NaNo’s 50k: November 20, 2022

Cups of (decaf) tea drank: 27

Cups of coffee drank: 34

Hardest scene to write: An airship crash! I have no idea if it’s staying in the book, but figuring out how that would work, what would cause it, and how much damage both the ship and characters would sustain was tricky.

Favorite scene to write: The main characters meeting up with one of their enemies in night club. So much fun!

Thanks to NaNo, the first draft of Book 3 is nearly 60% complete (though my later drafts always expand). Things are happening quickly now for our gang, and let me say… it’s not been fun for them. But is it ever fun for characters in fantasy stories spanning continents and empires? Not usually.

I think I’ll have a first draft done by the end of the year, and I’m very happy with that progress! This is as Under Darkened Skies, the first book in the series, is off to the editor for a final pass, and I’m preparing to make final story revisions to the p

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