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NaNo Insights: Last Day

First of all…

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33,880 words. That’s a lot of words. It’s not 50,000 but at this point I’m just like whatever. I wrote a decent word count with words I’m very proud of and even though I technically lost, I achieved a lot.

Quantity Vs Quality

If you follow me on social media, or perhaps read my previous blog post, you would have noticed my articles on this very topic. I was finding writing quality words more beneficial than a large quantity of them. You may be thinking, “But NaNo is all about word count. Get to 50K.” and you would be absolutely right. That is exactly what the replies I received on Twitter said.

My friends at said:

Sometimes, perhaps, but second guessing too much can mean the first draft never gets done. In short, it’s a tool for getting it done
Fellow writer  said:

November has been a busy month. Looking ahead, I think the rest of life is going to be busy. I won’t be using that as an excuse as December rolls into play and 2017 looms ahead looking as shiny and promising as 2016 did all those years ago in the past 11 months. (yes it feels that long).

There’s a accomplished and a lot to accomplish.

To those who won NaNo, well done! I am extremely proud and happy for all of you. My Jozi-Wrimos and my international friends. May your novels be published and your names celebrated in the halls of literature!

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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  1. 33,830 is still a lot of words! After all, the whole point of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel, and it that takes two months instead one, hey, you still have written a novel surprisingly fast! I wish you the best of luck in finishing your project! 🙂

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  2. I think you did very well!

    I (also) wanted to do a double NaNo this year, but found that I wrote a lot slower – but also a lot better. Rather than just throwing down words, there are parts I can use and can show to people without cringing (too much). Am I done with the first draft like I wanted to be? Nope. But, like you, I can also say ‘I regret nothing’. 😀

    And I can’t wait to read your finished project!

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    • Thank you! And congrats on winning NaNo. Yeah as much as I was aiming for double, and this novel will be double Nano in length, it was definitely a slow write but a good one. I can’t wait to read your finished project as well 🙂

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