As many of you are aware, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The idea is to write 50,000 words during the month, which equates to 1,667 words a day. You can read more of the specifics at nanowrimo.org.
Anyway, I was so disappointed last year that I didn’t get involved that I committed I would jump in this time. This was actually a good thing for me because my writing has been extraordinarily stagnant of late. You’ll remember I spent some time working on the short story for an anthology, but I haven’t actually written in my main novel in many months.
Well, I started the first day with a measly 750 or so words. Not my goal. But at least I started.
Yesterday I wrote over 2000 words and today 2500 or so. All I can say is, it’s awesome to be writing again. With as much as I love it you’d think I’d do it all the time. This little adventure has reminded me just how much I love it.
Today was a big deal for me because I hit the 50,000 word mark on my novel. That means that by the time this month is over I’ll be right around the 100,000 word mark. I don’t know how big this book is going to be. Initially I was thinking that it would end up around 200,000. But, from a marketing standpoint as an unknown author, that’s a bit overzealous. So, I’m going to try to finish around 150,000 or maybe even 125,000. That’s not as long as I’d like it to be, but I also want to be able to sell the dang thing. So, something has to give.
In any event, below is a screenshot of my NaNoWriMo stats. These are kind of skewed because the clock rolls over at exactly midnight. So, if you forget to update your word count before 12:00 a.m. (as I did yesterday), or write more after midnight, it shows up on the following day. This is hard for me because I do almost all my writing late at night. So, instead of showing a huge day for today, it showed a good day for yesterday (now since it’s after midnight) and a meager amount for today, putting me technically under budget. So, the numbers are skewed, but that’s ok. On the whole, I’m over and have already written more than half my needed amount for tomorrow. I’ll keep hitting my 1,667 words per day budget every day, though, regardless of whether I went over the day before, because I want to get more than 50,000 words. my goal is to hit 100,000 total words on the novel which will actually require closer to 58,000 words on the month. Easily obtainable as long as I maintain my current pace.
So, keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck. I’d write more but it’s already almost 1:00 a.m., and I have to be up early for court in the morning, so I have to get to sleep.
Until next time!