I Wrote An Entire Book In 30 Days


– (sighs) I don’t know if I can do this. (groaning) I’d really
like to go back in time, and punch myself for thinking
this was a good idea. (upbeat music) Every year, there is a
worldwide challenge called, National Novel Writing Month. Also known as, NaNoWriMo. And this takes place every year during the month of November. And the challenge is to write 50,000 words in those 30 days. It’s absolutely ridiculous,
and absurd, and crazy. So, of course, I’m gonna do it. But I’m taking on this challenge because I am a type of person
who never finishes anything. So, maybe if I vlog the
entire thing and I do this, I can actually finish a book in 30 days. It is two days away from November. But I’ve already written an outline, I have a pretty good idea of
the story I’m going to write. And hopefully I can do this. Wish me luck! So, theoretically, I should
write 1,667 words a day to get to 50,000 by the end of the month. But realistically, that’s
probably not gonna happen. So, today, my goal is 3,000 words. I’m trying to start off strong, because I know later in the month, I’m not going to do as well. (fun music) Okay, it’s been about an hour and a half and I have written 2,289 words. What’s up? I’m going to an official
NoNoWriMo event later today, and I’m gonna write so much more. I broke 5,000 words today, which is way more than I was planning, and way more than I anticipated. I got my coffee, I’m ready to
rock, ready to be energized. I am officially done for the day because I just wrote
3,223 words (chuckles). Which brings me to a total of 8,291 words on day two (chuckles). I am on fire. So, it’s somehow day six. I’m not sure how I got here (chuckles). I wrote a little over 2,000 words today. And it was kind of a
struggle to get there. This is the first time I
have just kind of hit a wall. I wrote over 4,000 words today,
which is pretty damn good. I have been significantly slowing down in my writing process. I don’t know why, it’s
just been really hard to hit even like 1,000 words. (sighs) I don’t know if I can do this. After a very long time of just
excruciating writer’s block, I have finally reached 25,000 words! I’m halfway there,
guys, I’m halfway there! I realized today that I haven’t really told you what my book’s about. So, basically, I am writing
a young adult fantasy novel. And the story follows two twins. And they discover this circular
room full of seven doors. And they learn that each door
leads to a different world. It would be like if one
door lead to Narnia, one door lead to Hogwarts. So, the twins go through these doors, and they go on this crazy adventure. And I’m not going to tell
you anything more than that. But I feel like at the end of this month, I’ll at least have some bare bones of something to work with. ‘Cause before any of this,
all it was was an idea. At least I hope so. (groaning) I haven’t written in five days. Why do I keep doing this? Why does this keep happening? All right, this is it,
this is the last straw. It is November 20th, I’m
gonna write every day. I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this. I am going to do this. (upbeat music) Okay, so this is becoming
a recurring thing for me. Thanksgiving break was a thing, and I went home to see my family. I had a great time, but I
didn’t write a single word. So, I haven’t written in about six days. It’s November 27th, I have literally four days to finish this book. This whole time, I was
like, “This is hard. “I’m struggling, but I can do it. “I’m gonna do this.” And now, I’m getting to the point, where I don’t know if I can do this. Okay, we’re at the very
last NaNoWriMo event. We are pretty much the
last people here (laughs). And look at this, look at
this, look at this (yells). It’s the home stretch now. It’s the home stretch,
we can do this, let’s go. I’m gonna do it for the
first time this month, I am officially confident enough to say that I am going to finish NaNoWriMo. I am going to write
50,000 words in 30 days. And it feels so good to say that. I just hit 45,000 words, and
tomorrow is the last day. Which means I have to
write 5,000 words tomorrow. And that’s it (sighs), my God. This is such an incredible feeling. I can’t even explain it to it. It’s just– I’m so proud. Today is the last day
of NaNoWriMo (chuckles). I have a little bit less
than 5,000 words left. I think I can do it, that
seems pretty reasonable. In one day, and once today is over, I will have written 50,000
words, and I will be done. (sighs) Oh, my God. 38 words left (chuckles). (intense music) 50,000 words, 50,000 words, 50,000 words. Technically, 50,011 words. Oh, my God. (sighs) I honestly cannot
believe that this is over. What an incredible experience, honestly. Like, challenging myself
to do this was so hard. But really fun for the parts
that it wasn’t killing me, it was really fun (chuckles). And to celebrate, I’m gonna
go print out my entire book, so that I can hold it in my hands, and just physically see my accomplishment. (printer whirring) I have it. This is still pretty awesome
to be able to hold this in my hand and say I wrote all of it. – You wrote a book? Aw, what the heck? – [Steph] I wrote it in 30 days. (gasps)
– Oh, my God. Actually holding this,
this is so many pages. That is insane, actually,
now that I think about it. – Wait, what the what? What the heck? How did you do this? Where did you do this? I don’t get it. – Moving forward, I
think I’m going to read my entire thing, edit it, fix
all the very sloppy mistakes that I’m sure I made while I was trying to just push through these 30 days. And then, I’m gonna find an
editor, maybe find an agent. Not sure how to do that
(chuckles), but it’s gonna happen. And maybe, hopefully, one day, my book with be in your local bookstore. But honestly, this was
such a great experience. I’m so excited for everyone else who participated in NaNoWriMo, and everyone else who completed it, and finished their goal. Like, that’s so hard, good for you. High five, team. Maybe I’ll see you again
next year, NaNoWriMo. (lighthearted music)

100 Comments

  1. What app did you use to write this out!!! I had seen that it tracks the number of words you use and i cant find an app like that.

  2. Nanowrimo is fun for me…just write without editing so you fly lol…imaginationnn….thats juat me tho idk about you lol

  3. Honestly, writing can’t be rushed.
    It’s a “hobby” that takes time, and one can easily get writers block through the months/years of them writing- I, myself, should know.
    All I’m saying is writing can’t, in any way, be rushed, nor can it be perfect.
    I feel like this is a fun challenge, but can give loads of writers block and much stress.
    I don’t suggest people try this- you could see how stressed she sort of looked. I’d actually love to try this, but I know it’s not a good idea.
    If people are confident and excited enough to try this challenge, I hope it goes well! <3
    Don’t get discouraged in any way, and don’t give up to writers block!

  4. I bet the book would be better if she just wrote it in 3 years or something. good work takes time, goethe or hesse also didnt wrote their masterpieces in 30 days. It should not be about mass production but rather quality and meaning.

  5. I like writing stories except i have a problem.. i can NEVER continue writing it 🤦🏻‍♀️ like i just don’t know how to continue writing

  6. Sometimes you DO have to separate yourself from your work so the fresh ideas can come. Forcing yourself to write a certain amount can sometimes freeze your creative flow. Sometimes you have to just take a break, refresh, learn something new. I'm only saying that cuz my friend is stuck right now and taking a break has helped. She was supposed to finish her book by December but then she realized she had to do a ton of research for good quality work. Based on the rate she's going right now, I guestimate she'll be done by February LOL. If anyone would like to purchase/download free sample when its done, just let me know and I'll send you the link 🙂

  7. I’m gonna do this at the start of my holidays which is in four days! I already wrote a short 5,000 word story that I would like to improve and expand (or work in the same universe/work with the idea). I’m kinda excited

  8. There are so many awesome things to do in this world and i want to do them all and then i remember that I have a class for uni in 1 1/2 hours and have tons of stuff to do …
    Like i get the feeling „I want to write a book, found. an environnmental organisation, create an app, grow a garden, learn spanish and how to play piano, go on hikes and see some new cities, spend time with my family, dance and whatever.“ And then i have a free sunday and i go „puuh, that was a hard week at uni, gonna netflix for now…“
    😓😥😭

  9. I'm writing a story for fun and i am calling it "THE BIG GAME" and it is about a young boys life in watching and playing 🏈 and ⚾ while spending time with his family to finish his life

  10. Why don't many writers these days don't write by hand? Nothing can replace pen and paper while writing. Plus, when one goes to type the written script then it becomes editing.
    Writing by hand is much better than going direct into computer.

  11. When I write books
    I get book-conscious
    And scrap the whole book and throw it away.
    Even if it’s 10,000+ words lol
    (Book conscious as in I feel the book of weird and cringey and over descriptive)

  12. My progress on my novel:
    Cover photo
    Chapter one name
    Yes
    Update December 13:
    Chapter one of three under way. Two “sub chapters” done.

  13. I love writing books. It’s one of my favorite things to do. -but 30 days for me Is not enough. I can spend 2 weeks on 3 pages alone. (Primarily because I edit is 4-5 times, and I triple check it and read it, making it realistic, have realism, is very good in plot, and comes together nicely.)

  14. How to right sentences as long as possible.

    How people typically write: I’m happy.

    How people who want to write a lot: I’m in a ray of very organized piles of greatness, leading me to a expression of great in bout.

  15. Great job, I love your plot…try Reedsy for an editor. I havent actually used them to edit a book (they do offer services though) but i have used a service where they give a contest of five great prompts every week, they post webinars on youtube, among other things. Its a great platform. Good luck whatever ypu choose.

  16. Dear fellow writers, this is not a good idea. I’ve restarted my first chapter 4 times. Now it’s perfect. So yeah, take your time.

  17. Writing a book takes time to build some ideas on what you're writing, I remember writing a book for three or four days and I was up to over 100 words and I didn't even know it. Just take your time and don't rush into things, ideas for a book is about patience and knowing what you're writing.

    I'm glad that you still did the challenge, so proud.

  18. Writing a book a month isn't for the faint of heart. I hope you thrive under pressure.
    I also hope that you have a really tight outline.
    The good news is that it gets easier once you hone your process.
    Besides, even if you can't finish in 30 days, each sentence that you write gets you closer to the finish line.

  19. I totally encourage NaNoWriMo, I did it for my first time this year and I was hooked. I am now pursuing my dream of becoming a published author and am loving every step.

  20. And there's a girl on wattpad, writing a book over 11 years and the readers are pretty close to attack her house to get the whole book.

  21. Omg. That is so amazing and inspiring!! I noticed that the fact you went to the event helped a lot in writing! I remember the saying that went like, just having the energy to go to the event and being present is sometimes more than enough to get inspired and endure. 🙂

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