View Full Version : Has anyone finished their novel for NaNoWriMo?

11-29-2007, 09:46 AM
If so, congratulations! I didn't and now I wish I had :)

11-29-2007, 10:04 AM
You can still finish! Maybe not during NaNo, but that's not what you said, is it? :tongue

Look through the word-count thread; you can see who's hit 50K. Link here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82339

11-29-2007, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the link.....so many finished novels!! Now I'm kicking myself.....but you're right...I can still finish mine (just not in November) :)

11-29-2007, 11:07 AM
Not even close! But was an interesting group-experience.

11-29-2007, 12:59 PM
Yay me, I did. It's the first time I've actually managed it.

11-29-2007, 04:19 PM
Hey, it's still November! I have three thousand words left, but I think I'll finish.

11-29-2007, 04:28 PM
ffffffffffffff. no.

11-29-2007, 04:46 PM
I hit 50K a little while back....am at 65K now....nowhere near done yet :D

11-29-2007, 05:35 PM
Hit 50k on Tuesday night.

Time to start editing....

11-29-2007, 05:55 PM
Probably hit 20k by Friday. No, I don't get a nifty certificate to print, but that wasn't really my goal. I was trying to use Nano to work the cobwebs out of my writing gears, and it seems to have worked. Probably hit their magic 50k by the end of the year, but that will most likely only be the halfway point. Or at least, that's the plan. :)

I also managed to get a buddy of mine (fellow Tech Writer) who's been wanting to write fiction for years to come along for the ride. She's at about the same point. On the one hand I feel great for getting someone else to be as miserable as...er...creative as me. On the selfish hand, checking her word count every morning (noon and night) has been a real impetus to get me to crack open the laptop when all I want to do is watch Mythbusters.:whip:

11-29-2007, 07:43 PM
Yup, story finished at about 71K. Now I'll put it away and go back to my originally scheduled program.

Some day in the future, I'll open it and begin editing. That will be the real test. In the meantime I can stare at my pretty completion certificate hanging next to me.

11-29-2007, 08:06 PM
I finished the goal and I *thought* I finished the novel, but turns out I actually have a few more chapters left for wrapping things up. Blah. Oh well, still pluggin away...

Edit: HA! It's finished now. Not touching it again until editing phase.

Devil Ledbetter
11-29-2007, 08:11 PM
I finished mine last night.

It's not too late.

11-29-2007, 08:22 PM
It's too late for me, I still need almost 32k to reach 50k. But I'm still working on the book, and at this pace, I should be finished in late January with around 75k words.

It's my third NaNo, and my first failed one. sigh.

11-29-2007, 08:27 PM
No, I didn't finish. In fact, I haven't written anything since about the second week.

Soccer Mom
11-29-2007, 08:56 PM
I finished one book and I'm outlining another. And I need to update the word count in my sig line.

11-29-2007, 08:59 PM
I finished one and am well into another. And, there are still 2 days left -- everyone can get "a little more" done before it's over.

11-29-2007, 09:03 PM
This is my first failed Nano attempt, too...though I'd hardly call it an attempt. I was so burnt out from editing my last Nanovel that I just couldn't get into it. Next year I know to give myself some writing down-time prior to November.


11-30-2007, 02:42 AM
No - failed. Doing the NaNo thing just ain't for me. But it definitely got me up off my butt a couple of times more than I wanted to so - yay!

11-30-2007, 05:49 AM
No, I haven't finished it but...there's a story behind why.

11-30-2007, 05:51 AM
No, but I got a good story going. Who knows where it may lead. ;)

11-30-2007, 06:13 AM
I hit the 50k mark a couple days ago but the novel isn't finished. There's probably another 20k before the first draft is finished...but I need a couple days off! :)

11-30-2007, 12:34 PM
I'm sick, but dammit I was gonna finish! OK, I reached that 50,000. It's probably going to take another 50,000 to finish the story, but that's OK too.

My Dad is in the hospital, recovering from cancer surgery. And every day when I go to see him he asks how NaNo is coming. Now I can tell him I won.:hooray:

11-30-2007, 03:38 PM
I did! Got to 50k last night. The story's not finished, naturally, and I have a ton of editing/reorganizing to do. But it's been a lot of fun!!

L M Ashton
11-30-2007, 04:18 PM
I finished my 50k today, so won NaNo, but nowhere done the story. I figure I've got another 70 to 90k left to write before the first draft is done. That's... December and January.

11-30-2007, 04:43 PM
If it's any consolation, I didn't finish my NaNo last year. But I finished writing and editing it over the course of the following ten months and now I'm revising for my agent. :D

(I didn't finish this year, either.)

11-30-2007, 07:27 PM
got to 50k, but still not finished story. think i might dedicate today to getting as far with it as I can. I'm feeling guilty for my laziness since reaching said goal.

11-30-2007, 09:55 PM
Didn't finish but got lots of BIC time.

11-30-2007, 10:07 PM
Didn't finish in either meaning. I decided, because of all the interruptions (two weekends away from home, etc.) that I needed a more achievable goal, so I went with hitting 30k. And did that this morning.
Not a 50k winner, and the novel is by no means finished in plot terms, but I am a fair ways into a modern fantasy that has been fun, and will probably be fun again when I get back to writing after Christmas.
And I have a plot for next November. I've had the idea for a while, and it will fit much better with Nanowrimo than with the 3-Day Novel format.

11-30-2007, 10:14 PM
Nope. 6000 words. LOTS of distractions. BUT, my 6000 words are in addition to last years NaNo which now puts my WIP at 41,000 words. Those 6000 words mean alot to me. NaNo got me through one of my toughest chapters.

12-01-2007, 09:58 AM
Nope. I didn't reach 50K, but I did crack 30K.

Going out of town for three days early on put me so far behind I never caught up. My plan to make up the deficit over Thanksgiving fell apart when I caught a cold. All that sneezing and snuffling and watery eyes slowed me down, so even though I got a pretty good amount of writing done, it wasn't enough to put me back on track. But that's okay. I've got a good start on a story I'm having fun with, so I'm going to continue on through December just as if it's still NaNo. My goal is to finish the first draft by midnight on New Year's Eve.

12-01-2007, 08:34 PM
That's an excellent point, Scrib. (Love your name, btw :D) We need to start a new thread in the last few days of December to see where everyone is then. Now that would be interesting.

12-01-2007, 10:49 PM
We need to start a new thread in the last few days of December to see where everyone is then. Now that would be interesting.

Count me in. I'm going to try to do 1000 words a day in December to finish up. I've got a long way to go...

12-02-2007, 12:09 AM
I did win NaNo :) I managed to finish the novel and now am 3,500 words into a second novel. So yeah, NaNo helped me realize I can actually do it!!

wood pixie
12-02-2007, 08:27 AM
This was my third NaNo year. I finished my 2005 NaNo novel ... during November. I didn't make the 50,000 words during November with my 2006 novel. But I did get a contract for it and it will be published next year. This year I didn't even get 12,000 words ... I was just much too busy last month. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR 2007 WINNERS !!!!! Great job!!

12-02-2007, 08:19 PM
Nope. I bottomed out. I got about 18k out of the story with several "plot not working" interuptions. Though, I do have a pile of notes and something to forage on with once I work out the kinks.


Ava Jarvis
12-03-2007, 09:44 AM
I finished the first draft my first novel-length work in November; didn't complete the second but got 2/3rds of the way there. :)

12-03-2007, 02:43 PM
This was my first NaNo. Finished my story in time at 72K.

I've been very enthusiastic about the experience, and I'm now more than ever confident that I can finish a novel. Over the next few months my priority will be completing my WIP - which I set aside to take part in NaNoWriMo.

12-04-2007, 08:24 AM
Finished about 9pm Friday so there was even time to print it. Reading it back, it actually wasn't bad--I might try self publishing that dude on Lulu or something. Here's the link to the excerpt of my work of Jenius: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/212103

And what have we learned, grasshopper? That we don't need to have any idea what's going to happen next. Just sit there, start typing, and it'll come. How weird is that? It's very Zen actually...

12-04-2007, 08:51 AM
Finished it last night (technically today, but just barely). Had 50K on the 25th, but ended it last night. Except for all that editing ;)

12-04-2007, 08:56 AM
This was my first, and I finished on the 28th. Didn't finish the novel - got to hating it so much I'm not going to look at it again for a while - but I won!

Started on a new project, and am meeting some of the NaNo crew at lunch tomorrow for group write-ins.