NaNoWriMo #6 part 5

Woo-ha! I got you all in check.

Woo-ha! I got you all in check.

So this is the fifth and (almost) final post about NaNoWriMo for me this year.

I won as I noted last week. I’m over 60,000 words for the month and I’m happy with that. The book is about 60% finished and I know what’s happening next and what happens after that. I know the end.

I’d hoped to be around or even over 70,000 words for the month but that didn’t happen due to some unforeseen though preventable circumstances. I lost access to my computer for five days and I took up handwriting the manuscript. Because of this I have a newfound respect for anyone who’s doing this every day, every year. (Hi, Aspen!)

Writing a novel is a helluva lot of hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. If you’re still writing then what the hell are you doing taking time away to read this? Get back to it! When you come to the final write-in tonight – sponsored by the library, no less! – you can relax if you’ve won. If you haven’t, bring your stuff and we’ll cheer you. We’ll run sprints with you.

Keep going until it’s done. Don’t give up.

Finally, I need to say thanks to all the crew who helped and inspired me to keep going this year. I didn’t make it to as many write-ins as I intended but that’s more an issue with my work schedule than anything else. I worked at home a lot and always worked as if I were in a room with all of you.

Okay, last thing: I’m coming back to post regularly in the Cafe starting in December. I need a day and time from the Boss but I’m feeling like I can be here again especially while I’m finishing up writing the first draft of the current work in progress. And then editing it.

So thanks for reading these updates. I’m glad you did. I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks.

Jason Arnett is a storyteller living in Kansas and writing in the plains of the fantastic. Some of his work can be found at

1 Comment

  • You totally killed it this year, Jason! Even if you didn’t make your 70k word goal, you still did a fantastic job. I know we’re all excited to see how it turns out. And also, I’m so so so so SO so so happy you are coming back to the Cafe! I know our readers will be, as well :D

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