NaNoWriMo, 2019 — The Final Day

On November 1st, 2019, I started to write a novel in only 30 days.  Now, on the last day, I stand victorious with nearly double the amount of the original challenge.  Today, on November 30th, I wrote “The End”!

This novel had its ups and downs.  I would say that most of the last third of the ending I outlined wasn’t used and I ended up changing so much.  There are parts of it that I think is a mess, but I can fix all of that later.  Overall I believe that this was a good novel to write and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.  

I want to thank God, my family, and my friends.  Thank you for the helpful encouragement, advice, and sticking with me to the end.  To those who have asked me how things have been going and even showed interest in the story I was writing, thank you! 

Here is this year’s winner’s certificate:

NaNoWriMo Winner's Certificate 2019

THE STATS FOR The Sixth Cleric

Here are the final stats on my 2019 NaNoWriMo project:

Title: The Sixth Cleric

Genre: Fantasy

Words: 98,360

Chapters: 48

Pages: 403 (that’s in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font)

What I learned this year: Every year for NaNoWriMo I like to learn something new, either about myself as a writer, or some new technique.  This year I learned what it really means to be flexible in your writing.  It’s good to plan and outline, but if the story strays from that and it’s working out better than you ever could have thought, go with it.  Let the story flow.  

Thank you again to everyone who stuck with me and encouraged me this month!

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino

NaNoWriMo, 2019 — 25 Days In

The final five days are upon us! The home stretch. Things are looking good. I got my second wind, and I’ve started to write the climax of the story. Things are going well, and the fight scene I’m currently working on is a lot of fun to craft.

I won’t say I’m almost finished yet because there’s still the rest of the climax and then the resolution and aftermath to write, but overall the project is almost complete. I’m looking forward to writing “The End”, but, at the same time, it’ll be sad to leave the story world I’ve created and returned my mind back to reality completely. Well, as completely as a writer can.

Question for writers: How does it make you feel when you’re close to finishing up a project?

Advice for writers: When you do get to “The End”, feel proud of yourself, no matter what state your novel, short story, or other writing project is in. You accomplished something!

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino