#NaNoWriMo18 Update: This is the Most I’ve Ever Written in 12 Days

At the last minute, on November 1st, I decided to participate in the National Novel Writing Month challenge. The goal for each participant is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. That’s an average of 1,667 words per day.

Over the last twelve days, I’ve devoted every spare second of time in my life to writing. I’ve been writing during my twenty-minute commute to and from work. I’ve been writing during my lunch break, and I’ve been writing after dinner. I’ve been writing when I should be sleeping.

As of November 12th, I’ve written 25,990 words!

This is the first time I’ve participated in this event (my username is amblair). For those who have done it before, please let me know if you have any tips.

My project is a modern courtroom drama inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I loved writing Amelia Elkins Elkins, my law-related retelling of Persuasion, and so far, it’s been just as much fun to put a legal twist on Jane Austen’s most famous work.

I developed this project after having an interesting conversation with my twins, who watched the P&P miniseries in October. I’ll save the details for later, though. For now, it’s back to writing!






  1. Wow–is this suppose to be a finished manuscript—draft–or — a final draft? I could, maybe write that many words if I didn’t have to stop and start over in writing —I do a draft–just get rough outline on paper, then rewrite; removing repetition, putting in dialogues, action, etc. Congrats. No matter the end product, that is amazing. Good luck in your trip to 50,000 words and within deadline.

  2. Really look forward to reading this. Your previous one I passed on as I hadn’t read the original. I entered NaNo one time and the fear factor of falling behind schedule kept me going. I eventually got a book out of it as well.

    (I have jury service coming up next month – maybe I’ll try a courtroom drama afterwards 🙂 )

    1. Thank you! I’m close to 50,000 words now! I can’t believe I’ve written this much in such a short period of time. I’ve enjoyed this experience, but I’m not sure I could ever do it again.

    1. Thank you! So far, I haven’t had any writer’s block. I’m close to 50,000 words now. I’ve never written so much in such a short period of time, and I’m pretty happy with my WIP.

  3. Bravo, AMB. I did NaNoWriMo about 4 years ago, but I was retired so had way more time than you, and it still took a lot of self-discipline to carve out the time and to really get absorbed in the work of it every day. It was a huge learning experience, although it definitely didn’t turn me into a world famous author! Have fun with it. 😊

    1. Thank you! Participating in NaNoWriMo while working has forced me to balance my time better. I’ve been pretty good about making sure my job doesn’t spill as much into my home-life. I have a briefing deadline coming up that will require work at night and on weekends, but I should be over 50K by then. I’m very close. I might even make it today, depending on my schedule with my family. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so we’re all home.

  4. I admire your dedication. I’ve never been able to commit to writing 50K words in one month. I can’t write that fast, despite good intentions. A few years back, I managed to publish a 40K book every two months to complete a three-book series, and I was really proud of myself for sticking to the deadline. 🙂 Good luck and congrats!

    1. Thanks! I never thought I could write this much in such a short period of time. I got lucky that work isn’t as crazy as usual, so I haven’t had to take much home with me. That will probably change next week, but hopefully, I’ll be much closer to 50,000 by then!

    1. Yes, I’m focusing on a trial this time. Most of the action happens in and around a courtroom, so it’s quite different from P&P, but there are clear parallels.

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