NaNoWriMo Final Results

Okay okay

I’m guilty

NaNoWriMo has been over for 2 weeks now, and I never posted the final results! I know some of you were waiting too (and at least one of you commented a few days ago asking). I’m so sorry! I don’t know if you know this, but December is honestly the most stressful month to be a teacher. I’m #exhausted and we still have one week left until Christmas break. I took today as a personal day because tomorrow is birthday, yay!

So, in honor of my birthday, and of trying to lead a more productive 27th year, I give you…the results of my classroom NaNoWriMo 2018 project…

I may have tweaked the results a little bit to look awesome, but how I edited them makes sense, I swear.

So, for my final results, I deleted the students who ended up not participating and their word count goals. This changed our overall goal, and also created a HUGE jump in our goal percentage. I also removed myself, so this is 100% the students.

Our final results (finally)

Total Words goal: 243,533
Total Number of Students Participating: 49

Total Words Written: 142,285

Percentage of Goal: 58.43%

Number of Winners: 14!

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I was so thrilled as students turned in their final word counts and I’d see their name turn green in my Google Spreadsheet.  For many, I think I was more excited than they were, but perhaps they’d already felt their excitement when they counted that word that meant they hit their goal. 

I have some super fun plans to attempt in January with my 4th period advisory class – who did not volunteer to write for the month, and I’ll ecstatically share those with you when I figure out if it will actually work.

I hope to put on something in April for Camp NaNoWriMo, but that’s also testing season, so we’ll see what I can work up. I know my plans for NaNoWriMo next year will be way bigger and more awesome than this month turned out to be.

As for my personal project, I hit a wall and never came back from it. My final word count was just over 13,000 words, but they’re 13,000 words that I am NOT giving up on. I’m reading some books right now to get myself in the mindset I need my main character to be, but also still adding a little each day.

I even went back and reread it after a small bout of negativity from myself, thinking it was terrible and what’s the point anyway. But (and I hate to toot my own horn) I actually found much of it to be pretty good. And the three students who read the first 4 pages really liked it too. So I have high hopes for this project to come to fruition. 

Christmas break won’t be a break for me. It’s gonna be “GET YOUR NOVEL DONE, DANIELLE” time. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

How did NaNoWriMo go for you?

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Final Results

  1. that is totally awesome! I am so glad you had such a great response and so many winners. It can be hard for students to get motivated about anything these days. Did you do this on your own or is your entire school doing NaNoWriMo projects? I was thinking of seeing if the teachers at my son’s school want to do NaNo next year.

    I think I topped out at just below 5k words on my new project. I’m still working on my novel from last year’s NaNo. I did 50k words, but had to use the rest of the year to finish the first draft. Now I’m working up to drafting mode. I have 2 people reading the first draft so I can get some ideas to tighten it up and where I need to add more. I’m not sure which is harder, getting the first draft down or starting the edits.

    Looking forward to hearing about your plans for January!

    • This year it was just me. Next year I’m trying to get everyone on board! I probably would have had more teachers involved but my email to my administrator got lost or something so everything was kinda last minute. Big plans though!
      I think both have challenges! But right now, obviously, I’m gonna say getting the draft done haha!

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