Friday, December 16, 2016

Word Count Update.

In the month of November, I participated in NaNoWriMo. I have written many short stories and novellas in the past, however, I wanted to write my first novel. I am writing a fantasy novel titled Beyond The Veil which has been a very long and amazing journey. Throughout the month of November, my novel only reached a word count of 26,000. It was not the word count I hoped for, but I strongly believe that I cannot force my words when there is no magic in them.

December has been a pretty hectic month for me. Somehow with everything that has been going on, I still manage to escape into the fantasy world of 15th century England that I have created. And let me tell you, it is such a beautiful world!! On average, it takes me 2-3 days to write 1 chapter. As of last Sunday, I have been writing nearly 1-2 chapters A DAY.  I love my story and my characters even more with each chapter I write.

Currently my word count is at 38,000. My goal is to no longer reach the NaNo word count goal of 50,000 words. I have no goal. The story will end where it will end. I am not pushing myself to a certain number; I am just writing what comes to mind. It is my guess, not my hope, that the story will end around 55,000 or 57,000 words based on where my word count is now.

I am very excited with my progress so far, I hope you are as well!! As I near the end of the book, I'll be sharing more about the story and what my next steps are. Until next time, take care and stay warm!! Thank you for reading. ;)

Yours truly,


  1. Well done, Vanessa. Even 26k words is a great accomplishment in a month. All the best with the rest of the draft!

    A.S. Akkalon

  2. It sounds like NaNo was truly successful for you! You learned something about yourself and your writing and made some fantastic progress. Congratulations on your 26k words (rather 38k) and best of luck with your story.

    1. NaNo was the best way for me to stay motivated at this point. I currently find my word count at 45k. Thank you for your kind words :)