NaNoWriMo 2013: Halfpoint Update

2013-Participant-Square-ButtonWe’re a couple days past the halfway point for NaNoWriMo, and it’s time for an update!

Sadly, I am NOT at my personal halfway point in terms of wordcount: at 9,209 words, I’m still pretty short for the month. For the day, I still have plenty of time to catch up, but I should have reached 12,500 on Friday – I’m pretty behind.

I would probably attribute my difficulties this year to two things. First off, my classwork this semester has been pretty mentally and creatively exhausting. Mental fatigue usually begets creative fatigue, and it’s really been sapping me out.

Second, this year I decided to try writing in an unfamiliar format. Maybe not the best of ideas. While I’m really familiar with screenplay and stageplay format, I don’t have a great concept of what needs to go into a graphic novel script, so it’s more difficult than it needs to be. Another problem on that front is that I’m visualizing the project more similarly to a movie or a TV show, which doesn’t help – it’s hard to figure out how to describe motions when the final product isn’t an in-motion sort of thing.

Overall, though, this first month has been a total learning experience for me, and I’m glad I decided to do NaNoWriMo again this year – even if I’m not doing as well as I’ve done in previous years.

I’ll try and keep updating a bit, though it may be difficult for this November. How are you all doing with your NaNoWriMo manuscripts so far?


Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes ( and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.


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