NaNoWriMo 2018 in a Nutshell // I DID IT!!!


Hello guys! Wow…it feels like ages since I last wrote a blog post…or even interacted with the outside world…XD But I’m back, and currently swimming in tons of other blogger’s posts that I need to catch up on.

Don’t let anyone tell you NaNo doesn’t take over your whole life. They are liars.

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Has anyone did their yearly re-watch of this one yet? *raises hand*

But anyway, I am SO STINKING EXCITED to announce that…


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That really doesn’t seem like much, when I see other writers hitting word-counts up into the 100ks…Seriously, you guys are speed demons. XD

BUT. This will mark my first ever year of actually winning NaNo! I’ve been doing WriMos since the year 2015 (or 2014? My memory is foggy…), and I have NOT ONCE completed the challenge. I’ve come SO. SO. CLOSE. But those last 10,000 words were always out of my reach.


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I’m definitely going to be setting my mess of a novel aside for the month of December and focusing on some more casual writing (like blogging 😉 ) for the rest of the year.

It was such a crazy time, let me tell you.

I started off pretty strong, staying far ahead of the daily word goals for the first couple weeks. But then it’s like a massive wave of nothingness flooded through the rest of the month. I was 10,000 words behind schedule, at one point. That was a terrible feeling.

I stayed fairly low, wordcount-wise, through the Thanksgiving weekend and fretted that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

But those last few days…oh my gracious. I was pounding out as many words as possible, not quite caring if they even made sense or not. I just had to get these words on the page.

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Does anyone else remember this short? XD

And so, at no later than 11:45 on November 30th, I hit 50k.

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Batman approves.

And then I immediately went to bed, my brain half-dead with exhaustion, half-hyped-up on the fact that I had won.

So…yeah. That was my experience. And now I have this dandy little badge to prove that I did it.



Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL??

I would share some snippets, buuuut…I haven’t dared to look through my manuscript just yet. XD I’ll probably do an aesthetic post with some of them sometime in the middle of December, but for now, I’m glad to just let it rest.

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Sorry if this is kind of a shorter post, I’m still kind of reeling from last month’s insanity. XD CONGRATULATIONS to all you writers who completed NaNo!! Tell me a bit about your experience down below! I’d love to hear I’m not the only one who kind of went a bit crazy… 😛

New Until Next Time!


9 responses to “NaNoWriMo 2018 in a Nutshell // I DID IT!!!”

  1. AAAHHH. MADELINE. I’M SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! 😀 😀 😀 HUGE CONGRATS ON YOUR NANO WIN! You did absolutely awesome and I’m so proud of you! HURRAYYYY! Whoa, that is SO AMAZING that you made it with like 15 minutes to spare!! You did awesome!!! 😀 Just — aahh, I’m so excited! *throws confetti and feeds you a celebratory cupcake*

    (Also oh my goodness, I love that short! :D)

    My NaNo was also crazy — just so much going on in my life and I was hardly home the first week and barely stayed on track for awhile. But I also finished writing a novel, had an 8K word day (beat my own record!) and just had a really good time with my writing despite the insanity. I also wrote an extra 8K after finishing which I’d never done before. So yeah, you’re not the only one with a crazy NaNo. 😉

    Now REST AND RELAX. You’ve totally earned it!! Congrats again! 😀 ❤

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    1. I’M STILL KIND OF IN SHOCK. AAGGGHHHHH. 😀 😀 THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You are the sweetest thing, Deborah!!! ^_^ I know, I was cutting it pretty darn close there… XD *gladly accepts cupcake and dances around in the confetti*

      (Isn’t it hilarious though? XD)

      Oh my word, 8K IN A DAY???! AGH THAT IS AMAZING!!! 😀 And then 8k afterwards?? You’re a literal writing machine! XD Well, I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only with half my sanity the month of November. XDDD

      I WILL. Thank you so much, and congratulations to you too!! <333

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  2. YOU WON NANO!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAAAAY!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS. *THROWS ALL THE CONFETTI AND MAKES A GIANT CAKE* I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU. And oh my gracious, you won 15 minutes before midnight? :O WHOOOA. My heart is pounding just thinking of it. That is epic! xD I’m so glad it all worked out for you!

    (Also, I remember that short! Isn’t it the one where the alien is trying to abduct a sleeping guy? It was hilarious. XD)

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    1. I DIIIIIIIIIIDD!!! *FREAKS OUT AND EATS ALL THE CAKE* THANK YOOOOU. I knooow, I was SO CLOSE. XD I may or may not have had a heart attack afterward. XD But yes, it was EPIC. I’m so happy that I pushed through!

      (Yes!! It is! It’s so hilarious, oh my word. XD)


  3. ACK!! Madeline!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so beyond excited for you!! YOUR FIRST EVER NANO WIN!!! Oh goodness, that’s the best feeling ever… I, too, won NaNo, but my victory wasn’t NEAR as amazing as this!! You totally earned every single word and bragging right to call yourself a winner, my friend! (Also, there seem to be so many close call wins this year!! I won on the 28th, but like…I kind of wish I’d been furiously pounding along with you guys. 😂 )

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    1. THANK YOU KENZIE!!! I still can’t get over the fact that I actually did it. XD YAY! I would totally still brag about it, because you still WON!! THAT IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. ^_^ D’aww, thank you! (I know! There really were a lot of frantic people this time! Haha, maybe next year! XD)


      1. Awwww!!! You are literally the sweetest! (Lol, YES! Next year we can scramble together! We’ll have a party and eat cookies or something. 😂)

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    1. THANK YOU JENELLE!!!! ^_^ And CONGRATULATIONS on your win too!!! ❤


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