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!
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?