Discussion Time: NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

Instead of doing normal discussion posts this month I’m going to talk about my NaNoWriMo progress and my current WIP.

If you’re not aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. For the whole of November people taking part try and write 50K words before the month is over. It’s completely insane, for one month I try to write more words than I normally would throughout the remaining eleven months of the year, but it’s so much fun.

This is the second year that I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo and keeping up with blogging at the same time, working on writing 50K while still publishing posts and blog hopping. So far it’s going well, but there’s still a lot more of the month to go and anything could happen.

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

The first week of NaNoWriMo is over, and I have to admit I have fallen a little behind on my word count. I’m hoping to catch up today, so fingers crossed by the time I post my next NaNoWriMo update I’ll not only be on track but a little ahead.

NaNoWriMo 2018 Badge

This past week I had the best intentions, I even started out on November 1st ahead of plan, but then I got sidetracked by another WIP idea I had to start getting down on paper. So far every day of November I have been working on something writing related, unfortunately it hasn’t always been writing my current NaNoWriMo WIP.

NaNoWriMo 2018

What is my NaNoWriMo WIP?

It’s the same WIP I was working on last year for NaNoWriMo, and the fact that I’m working on it again this year probably tells you a lot about how far I got with it in a year.

My problem was I kept getting side tracked by different paths my story could go down; I’d start editing but before I knew it I’d come up with a different idea, and then I’d have to re-write what I’d already re-written. I was going around and around in circles of writing and re-writing, so for this year’s NaNoWriMo I figured I’d actually sit down, work out a solid plot outline, and write it.

Aria was murdered ten years ago, and now she’s been brought back from the dead she wants vengeance for her fellow demigods killed alongside her. With no memories of her past she doesn’t know who to trust. Elias, the brother she no longer knows? Zeva, a fellow demigod seeking eternal power? Rin, a thief seeking forgiveness? Rhian, a pirate seeking peace. Only one thing’s for sure; Aria’s return signals a new era, and everyone is out for themselves.

The working title is Death Born; it’s told in third person POV and Aria is the main character so the story is largely following her journey. There are some chapters following Elias’s and Zeva’s journeys because they have separate paths which are parallel but connected to Aria’s journey.


How much have I written?

I’ve introduced three of my four characters; Elias, Rin, Aria and Rhian, two of my secondary characters; Davillir and Theo, and one of the major antagonist. I’m not really writing in order, I write the scenes I want to when I want to, so it’s hard to say how far along I am in my story but I’d guess maybe one-fifth. I think I’m still at the beginning phase, setting the scenes and introducing all the characters, but based on what I have written so far and what I still have to write this WIP will end up being a lot more than just 50K words.

What are my NaNoWriMo goals?

I want to reach the 50K goal that is standard for taking part in NaNoWriMo in November. I mentioned earlier in this post that I’m a little bit behind, but according to my stats I only need to write 1,797 words a day to finish on time, which I think is manageable based on what I have written in the past. In the past my best writing days have been the weekends, and looking at my day-by-day stats if you don’t count the first weekend that’s technically true this year around as well.

NaNoWriMo 2018 Stats (1)

NaNoWriMo 2018 Stats (2)

There have been a few days I haven’t written anything for my current WIP, but on those days I’ve been working on my new WIP idea, so another goal for November is to do something writing-related every single day. My current WIP is going to be my priority but because I’m a self professed mood writer there may be days when I’m feeling my new WIP more than the one I’m working on now.

The main thing is I don’t want to give up, in the past and even back in July when I decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo I started off really strong and fizzled out before the month was over. I’d give up before I even got halfway to my goal. Last year was the first time I managed to stick with NaNoWriMo until the very end and actually write more than 50K words, so I want to make sure I can do the same this year as well.

Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:

Are you taking part in NaNo this year, how has this first week gone for you?

Is your goal the standard 50K, or do you have a different one in mind? Are you currently on track or like me do you have some catching up to do?

Have you ever been distracted by a new WIP while writing your current one? How did you work around it, or did you give in and start working on a new WIP?

Let me know in the comments below.

33 thoughts on “Discussion Time: NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP

  1. Oh, good luck with your project 🙂 Seems interesting. But don’t get your moral down even if for some reasons you can’t keep up. The beautiful of WIPs is that they never die, not really.

    I always went over 50K with my projects. I really don’t know how people can remain inside that number XD Is really little for me.
    And no, I try to focus on one WIP only. All my projects seems to contain a great deal of representation and other stuff, so it would be too much for me to work on two diffrent thing at once

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    1. Thanks so much, and yes they definitely never do. This is a WIP I’ve been working on for well over a year and I still love it just as much as when I first started writing it. 🙂
      I have a feeling this WIP will be over 50K words, I just don’t know whether I’ll be able to get more than 50K written this month. I get what you mean because just based on what I’ve written so far 50K seems like a really small number.
      That’s a good way to go about it. I don’t think I’d ever write more than one WIP at a time but I always have more ideas floating around in my head which I’m plotting out! 😀

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  2. I always love your posts about your WIPs and writing! Plus, YOU HAVE THE BEST AESTHETICS. SHARE WITH ME YOUR SKILLZZZ. Also, your WIP sounds great! Plus, I saw that there was mention of a pirate. I will always and forever read books about pirates. Thanks for a lovely post 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Kat, and I have plenty more aesthetics I will be sharing, most will be in my next NaNo update because I’m going to talk more about my characters in that one. 🙂
      Thanks again, and yes I’ve actually started writing the pirates now and it’s probably my favourite part of my story so far, I love books with pirates too. Thanks again, and I’m really glad you enjoyed this post. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 I managed it last year so I’m pretty confident I can do it again this year too. Definitely exhausting, but I love November because it’s so creative and busy working on my WIP. 😀
      Yeah I know what you mean, there are so many amazing stories being written out there. ❤️


  3. omg I would preorder this book so fast. I love your description of each character in the synopsis, especially the sibling element!!!?????? I LOVE ALL OF THIS

    also, I 1000000% relate to changing the plot, I’m constantly doing it with my WIP and it leads to………so much falling behind. ldkfjgdkjl

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    1. Ahh, thanks so much Malanie! 😀 ❤️ I’ve had these characters floating around in my head for so long I’m just excited to finally be writing them again, and I put the siblings in my WIP through a lot of heartbreak (everyone suffers a lot in this story!)
      It’s a vicious circle, because it makes your WIP better which you can’t really move past but at the same time it feels like your constantly re-writing the same scenes/stories. We’ll get there one day. 🙂


  4. It’s so good to hear you talking about your writing and NaNoWriMo a little bit, Beth! ❤ I hope by the time you're reading this you will be all caught up with your writing and even if you're not, as long as you're writing, you're doing fantastic! ❤ I sometimes find it hard to stay focused, too, but I am certain you can do this. Best of luck for your writing! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 ❤️ Ha, unfortunately not quite caught up yet but I have a plan. My fingers are still crossed that by my next update I will be completely caught up. 🙂 Yep, any writing I do this month is more writing than I’ve done in the months previously, so that’s something at least.
      Thanks so much, your comment has really made me smile just now. 🙂 ❤️

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  5. I loved your story line. I think you should stick with the main plot and write this book imagining what your main character would do. As I am eager to know how she would get to the truth.
    Good luck keep writing

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    1. Thanks so much Shalini. 🙂 This is a WIP that’s been floating around in my mind for a long time now so I’m determined to one day reach the end of it. I’m planning a fair few twists in my story at the moment, there’s always going to be something keeping my MC from the truth (a least for a little while!)
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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  6. So great hearing about your progress! My main goal is to not give up, too – because I’ve never made it more than a few days into November before quitting. However, I still want to meet that 50,000 word goal, and am only a few thousand words behind at this point. I did quite a bit of prep before the month started, and that has definitely helped move me along. Looking forward to hearing more of your updates in the coming weeks – good luck to you! 😃

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah there are always going to be days when I’m less productive (or not productive at all!) but as long as I make it to the end I’m happy.
      I’m sure you’ll be able to catch up in no time, there’s still plenty of November left to go, and yeah prep has really helped me this time around too.
      Thanks so much, and good luck to you too. 🙂 ❤️

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