NaNo Final Thoughts

I did it. 50,000 words in 30 days.

Technically that means I won NaNo. Which is cool. But any time I write consistently, I’m a winner. Which is the biggest thing I took from NaNo this year.

I have no excuse to not write a little bit every day. I’ve proved I can do a lot every day for a month.


I don’t think I’ll try to win NaNo again though. I’d have to be super excited about a story (like this year).

I’ve been told I’m a disciplined person, but this month exhausted me. I didn’t seriously consider giving up, but there wasn’t any margin for error in time spent. If I wasn’t at work, at church, hanging with the kids, or hanging with my wife, I wrote.

Now if I were a full-time writer, spending that amount of time writing would be fine. But I’m not.

So, I might use NaNo to jump-start a new project or toy with an idea. But I don’t think I’ll go for “the win” again.

The other thing I learned is that it’s okay to discovery write. Each moment of the day is charted out in my mind, and so are my stories.

But NaNo isn’t plotter friendly. I always allow myself freedom to write as my imagination takes me, but this experience showed me I can write down the cool ideas in my mind without worrying so much about the consequences.

Yes, this story will require more plot edits than I normally need, but that’s not the end of the world 🙂

In conclusion. I’m wiped out, but very satisfied. I have a 51,000 word novel-in-progress that I love, and it’s far closer to completion than it was a month ago. Combine that with learning how to budget my time better. I’d say I won in every way.

What’s next? Finish the novel. But I’m taking a few days off to recover first.


About Will Ramirez

Will Ramirez grew up with a love for God's Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the the last 17 years. The second led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his coming debut novel, an epic fantasy titled Soul Yearning. He lives in Central Florida with his bride of seventeen years and their four children. Since 2010, he's been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the leadership team of Word Weavers of Orlando. He is currently working on the second book of the Godslayer series as well as The Unspoken, book one of a dark fantasy trilogy. In the land of Adme, powerful beings rule as deities and compete with one another for followers. But when a young priest is revealed as the prophesied godslayer, the pantheon unites to destroy him.

3 comments on “NaNo Final Thoughts

  1. Congratulations! And may most of them be very good words. 😀

    Writing 50,000 words a month, per se, is easy for me. I don’t write to live, I live to write. 😀 It’s putting all those words toward a *book which isn’t easy or sometimes even possible. But this morning I edited the first draft of a short story (for THE CROSS AND THE COSMOS, which has published quite a few stories by me under the pen name Johanan Rakkav), and now all I have to do is wait for the usual insightful and helpful editor’s comments to come back.

  2. I have a lot of editing to do this time around too, Will, since I didn’t stop to edit much at all along the way. I’m mostly happy with what I’ve written this time, which is good, but there are continuity issues with other books in the series that will have to be addressed–minor stuff really, but it must be done.

  3. Pretty cool. Sounds like a win, all around. I don’t think I’ll do NaNo every year, either. But it’s one of those experiences that I think is neat to have done once in a writer’s life. And I imagine it’s different every time.

    My favorite part, every time you’ve shared about this year’s NaNo experience, has been hearing your satisfaction with the adventure and freedom of discovery-writing for a story. I resonate with that, and love hearing someone else express it. 🙂

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