NaNoWriMo Halfway Update

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~Well, Hello all!~

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the world of writers, you’ll know that November is currently hosting the world’s greatest writing event–National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, because National Novel Writing Month is a bit of a mouthful. In one month, writers from all over the world attempt to write 50,000 words in a month. They are driven by competitiveness, caffeine and not much else.

Though I’ve participated in both Camp NaNos this year, this is my first time participating in the official thing. And I have exciting news for you…


On Wednesday, November 15, I GOT 50K!!!!! It was very exciting and I rewarded myself by buying the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat soundtrack.

So the good news is, I got 50k, the bad news is that I am nowhere near done. Being a Les Mis retelling, I didn’t really think I could wrap my novel up in 50,000 words, but still.

Anyway, I had this marvellous plan to log each day so that you would have an interesting daily NaNo log to read when it came to posting my NaNo halfway mark post, but, I kind of didn’t. The only day I have logged is Day Eight, for whatever reason and it says only this:

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So that didn’t go as planned. Anyway, what can I do?


I love seeing  everyone else’s snippets and I kinda like sharing my own, so I thought I would grace the internet with completely unedited snippets taken from my NaNo novel Stars Fill Infinity (if you want to know more about this novel, you can check out THIS POST).

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So those are a few random snippets from my story. I’m particularly proud of the speech about being our brother’s keeper. That speech starts a riot.

A Few Quick Stats:

Word Count: 53,010

Wordiest Day: I can’t really answer this, because I didn’t record it and the NaNo website is American and so has different ideas of when a day starts and ends.

Average Words Per Day: According to the NaNo website it’s 3, 313 word per day.

Hours Spent: Over 60 approximately.

Characters Dead Thus Far: None! Not yet anyway. 😀 I’m so proud of myself.

Chapters: 20

My Favourite Line: I have no idea.

My Favourite Character: Chessy, I think.

My Favourite Random Fact: I have sixteen main characters and each of them has a different MBTI type, which has been quite an experience to write.

Anyway, I’m sorry that this update was so dull! I don’t really know what else to say, to be honest. I’m going to keep pegging away at my story to see if I can finish it before the year is out. I’ll update you again at the end of the month.

Until then!

Good Day!

How’s NaNo been going for you? Tell me all about your current Wips, I want to hear everything! How do you plan on celebrating reaching 50k?

P.S. This was supposed to be the halfway post, and yet it, er, wasn’t published halfway. Sorry about that, this week has been mad. 😀


17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Halfway Update

  1. Your novel sounds awesome–Les Mis retellings are pretty much the best. I envy your character death count of zero! I ended up killing four in the first week and I was so disappointed in myself! Best of luck for the rest of NaNo!


  2. Congratulations on reaching your target ahead of schedule, and on realising 50k words isn’t enough and pushing through rather than giving up. It looks like you will get your novel finished, which really is impressive. I get sick of the sound of my own voice after a page, so stick to poetry, but admire those who can tread the novel course.


  3. Wait, a LES MISERABLES RETELLING? That is so exciting! But did you make Gavroche the main character though.
    That is so cool that you are doing that! sixteen main characters? Wow. And 50,000 words is a lot! Buy yourself a cheesecake. Unless you don’t like cheesecake.
    Unfortunately I have let school (and, let’s face it, Netflix) get in the way of my writing endeavors and I am currently not working on anything. I feel rather lame about it, but that is the truth.
    Best of luck with your book!

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  4. I LOVE THAT SPEECH ASDFJK;L Like. wow o.o It’s EPIC <33

    I just cracked up at your day 8 update because the exact same thing happened to me xD I entered the last quarter of my book and suddenly my two main characters had a relationship that I didn't account for originally. *shakes head*

    Congrats on reaching 50k! I hope the rest of your novel goes really well!

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  5. You have a character for each MBTI type?? O.O Cool! And 50k is a heap of words – congratulations! (But yes, considering the size of Les Mis…)

    (Is Quillion the boy you started shipping with the MC?)
    Jem Jones


  6. They’re awesome! I’ve never read one before though, which was why I decided to write one!
    Don’t worry, being Les Mis and all, they’ll all die at the end, I just haven’t got that far yet 😀
    Thank you!


  7. Thank you! I’m taking it a little slower now, but I’m still very happy with my progress. I love writing novels, but I’ve never been much good at poetry, so kudos to you. 😀
    Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Thank you!! *pauses to fangirl for a minute or two* I really liked writing that speech and I’m kind of proud of it. 😀 😀
    I know!! it’s so weird how those characters just kind of hijack your story. And you’re left going, ‘hey, wait a minute! stop! THIS ISN’T HOW IT WENT IN THE OUTLINE!!!!!!!!!’
    Thank you, and you too!

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  9. LES MISERABLES IS THE BEST!!!! No, I, uh, did not. Unfortunately. But my sister had a mini heart attack when she thought of a novel with Gavroche as the main character. I don’t think I’ll be able to rest until I’ve written such a story. She’s also declared the Story Sponge her favourite blog.
    Cheesecake sounds like a good idea, I approve.
    The reason I think i’m such a prolific writer is because my family does not have access to Netflix. 😛 Oh well, life happens sometimes. 😀
    Thank you!

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  10. Yes I do! it’s been a bit of a challenge to write, but it’s been interesting to get acquainted with the types I wouldn’t usually write. Thank you, 😀 you’re doing well too! (I know, there was no way I was wrapping up a Les Mis retelling in 50k).
    (No actually, though they would be pretty cute together. :D. It was one of the other revolutionaries I started shipping. Hopefully, though, I have them under control and following the outline again :P)


  11. Haha! Yes, all of those character deaths have to factor in at the end, don’t they? I don’t think that I could possibly kill off all of those characters; it breaks me enough to watch them die whenever I watch the musical or reread the book! Best of luck to you with the rest of the novel!


  12. Tell you sister that I am exceedingly grateful for her most esteemed praise. If she loves Gavroche as much as I do perhaps we are kindred spirits.
    Sometimes I reflect on how much more productive I would be if I did not have access to Netflix, and the thought saddens me greatly. Relish your freedom, my friend! Run and HIDE from the BLACK HOLE that is TELEVISION. Ha, ha, but seriously.


  13. Yes. Fortunately for my characters, I have more of a heart than Victor Hugo and have decided to spare a few of them. 😀
    I know, it’s so horrible! Everyone ends up dead. So sad 😦


  14. Your comment made her laugh–a lot 😀 She has a major crush on Gavroche, and on the Gavroche character in my novel.
    I feel the same way about Pinterest to be honest. All right, I shall fight to the death for my freedom. 😛

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  15. First of all: CONGRATS ON THE 50K AND WINNING NANO!! *cheers for you* 🎉🍰🎉🍰 And a Les Mis retelling is totally ambitious and awesome (and I get why that wouldn’t wrap up in 50K hahha) and I hope you reach the end soon! I also love when my characters accidentally begin shipping themselves. 😂


  16. Thank you! Congratulations to you too. I will never understand how you got, like, 60k in two days??? Thanks for the cake 🙂 Yeah, Les Mis is about 600,500k long, so….I know, I’m a super ambitious person, it gets me into trouble sometimes. 😛
    Non-writers just don’t understand how characters get a life of their own. I just can’t make them do what I want. 😀


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