Making Up Ground in NaNoWriMo

After the first ten days of November, I found myself behind pace to meet my NaNoWriMo target.  I had a good excuse (I was traveling), but excuses are worth less than the paper they’re written on, especially when they’re not written on paper at all!  Since getting home, I’ve been able to focus my writing efforts, and I’ve made up all the ground I lost in the first third of the month.  The words are coming easily right now, so I’m taking advantage of that.  I’ve also been keeping up with novel editing, even if that has slowed a little while the new words are flowing.  All in all, a good middle third to the month.

For those keeping track, here’s what I accomplished:

Nov 11—1,920 words
Nov 12—3,092 words
Nov 13—1,920 words
Nov 14—1,868 words
Nov 15—2,098 words
Nov 16—1,716 words
Nov 17—1,724 words
Nov 18—1,774 words
Nov 19—1,941 words
Nov 20—2,408 words
Middle Third—20,725 words
Total words—35,683 words

That gives me a daily average of 1,703 words, which puts me on track for 51,090 words at month’s end.  That would be well above the NaNoWriMo target and just a bit above my personal target for the month, so I’m feeling good about what I’ve accomplished.  I’ve still got a long way to go, however, so I’m going to get back to it.  Good writing to everyone, whether for NaNoWriMo or not.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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