Week 1 of NaNoWriMo is behind us. I hear you breathing a sigh of relief. I am, too, well sort of.
How did you do? If your plan is to write 50,000 words this month, you should be sitting at a word count of about 11,667 (based on 1,667 words per day). But we all know that we have days where there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish that goal.
I ‘fess up. I’ve not been writing 1,667 words a day. Most days, I only manage 500 or thereabouts. But as I’ve said in a previous blog post I’m only striving to write every day.
I’m pleased to say that I have written every day, which was my goal and at the end of week 1, I’ve written 5,906 words.
I hear you scoff at such a paltry number. To me it’s huge! After all, I’ve written every day this month. And so far I’ve stuck with the piece I’m pantsing. Things have been coming together for me on this piece really well so I’m happy to stick with it.
Today was another great day for me, but it falls into Week 2 so I’ll save my progress for another post.
How do you? Does your writing process change just because it’s November and #NaNoWriMo?
My process definitely does. I usually write in fits and starts. And I use that term loosely. I write until I get bored with what I’m working on. Then I’ll go off and read for a while (like half a dozen books) before I even think of ‘putting pen to paper’ again. By which time, I’ll start something else.
So I’ve managed to write four days in a row and amass a whopping (tongue-in-cheek) 4,272 words.
I have two projects I can work on during NaNo. I’m pantsing the one that’s currently getting my attention.
The other I’ve plotted and outlined to death. But when I open that document up, knowing what comes next… I wonder at the wisdom of why is that in so-and-so’s POV? Wouldn’t it be better in someone else’s?
While I ponder those issues, I’ll continue with my pantsing. Or should I call it plantsing? Or plotsing? I know the ending – just don’t know how I’m getting there. But that’s the fun isn’t it? Knowing where you’re going and enjoying the ride and the surprises along the way?
Do you have the desire, discipline, story to tell and most importantly, the motivation to succeed?
If you can check all those boxes, then you’ll have a successful month of NaNoWriMo-ing.
But how to you manage when you work full-time, be a domestic Goddess when you’re not holding down your day job?
It’s not easy but it can be done. I’ve not figured out a winning/working formula yet but in time I will.
The only thing I know is, after working on a computer for 8 hours a day, trying to spend a few hours writing at the end of the day, doesn’t work well.
So, since I have a laptop, I take it to work with me and grab a few minutes on my lunch hour. Today I managed about 45 minutes writing time and cranked out 552 words and before the end of the day, sketched out ‘what happens next’. That will make tomorrow’s work much easier.
I subscribe to the nownovel.com website and there are some excellent tips there to keep you motivated for the month of November.
Cheers and happy writing! Wishing my fellow #NaNoWriMo-ers success this month!
Day 1 of #NaNoWriMo went extremely well for this writer. As I said in yesterday’s post, I’m not aiming for the magic 1667 words per day. I just want to make myself write every day.
So how did I do, I hear you ask? Drum roll, please…
How about 2350 words. Not a bad day’s work, if I don’t say so myself. And today also included three loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away and making a curry for supper.
Speaking of curry, it’s been simmering in the crock pot all day and it smells delicious.
Tomorrow will be the true test of my writing every day resolve. It’s back to work so will have to squeeze in words over my lunch hour and when supper is cooking. After that, my poor brain and eyes will be done for the day.
And this post is 163 words in length. Does that count towards my daily word count? I think so. #amwriting
Have you girded your loins (perhaps an exaggeration), got your ducks in a row, an idea outlined, characters created and the like?
50,000 words in 30 days? I hear you gasp and quake with dread. But don’t think of it that way. With a mere 1667 words every day, you’ll reach that goal.
My goal for #NaNoWriMo is to write every day. I have two projects on the go – one which will only be about 15,000 words at the very most but with it and the other project (which is outlined to death), I could possibly come up with 50,000 words. I figure when I get bored or run into a wall, or the voices in my head quit talking to me (yes, I hear voices), I can switch off to the other.
Are you taking part in #NaNoWriMo? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re working on. Let me know in the comments.
Good luck everyone at reaching your writing goals!
My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King