One-third of the Way There: A NaNoWriMo Update

For me, succeeding during National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is about consistency.  I need to write every day or risk falling so far behind that I can’t catch up.  For the past five years, that’s how I made it.

If I’m going to make it this year, I’m going to have to do things differently.  I was traveling for the first nine days of November, so I missed a lot of writing time, which has put me pretty far behind in my progress.  On the days I did write, the words came pretty easily, so that’s a good sign that I can get back on track.  I’m also particularly pleased that I’ve managed to keep up with edits on my novel-in-progress.

Here’s what I’ve written so far over the first third of November:

Nov 1—2,614 words
Nov 2—0 words
Nov 3—2,251 words
Nov 4—1,344 words
Nov 5—1,717 words
Nov 6—1,197 words
Nov 7—0 words
Nov 8—222 words
Nov 9—1,983 words
Nov 10—2,023 words
Total—13,351 words

I’m averaging only 1,335 words/day, which is well below the daily average I need to write if I’m going to succeed (1,700 words/day).  So at the one-third mark of the month, I’m a little off the NaNoWriMo pace, but I think I can catch up. I’m about 4,000 words behind, which if I can keep plowing forward every day I could make up in about a week.  Consistency for the rest of the month will be key.

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About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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3 Responses to One-third of the Way There: A NaNoWriMo Update

  1. mobewan says:

    Impressive progress with everything else you’ve had on. I struggle to produce 1k words a day – and that’s with decent outlines for the scenes! Did you do any prep leading up to NaNaNaNa or are you pantsing it all the way?

    I’d never heard of this November phenomenon until last year. Not sure I’m brave enough (or willing to make the time commitment) if I’m honest. Be interested in your reflections of whether its been valuable outside of the personal satisfaction.

    But good luck with it. Hope it’s coming together.

    • NaNoWriMo isn’t for everyone, and not everyone should do it. I personally like the challenge, and because I track my writing by word count, it’s simply an extension of something I already do. As for whether I find it worthwhile, I do. I don’t always write a novel (who says it needs to be a novel if I’m using it for inspiration?). One year I wrote several short stories during the month (for a total of >50K words), and I have since sold all of them. Don’t be afraid to change the rules to make it work for you.

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