NaNoWrimo Update #3

Third and last NaNoWriMo update.

At this point, I’ll need to write 6000 words a day to meet the 50,000 words goal. That’s not going to happen. I’m happy with my progress and I hope to get several thousand more words penned before the month is up, but I failed my first NaNo attempt. Which is not unsurprising. Usually my highest word counts come at the end. I’m see the finish line and I do everything I can to get there ahead of schedule. Right now, I’m barely to the middle of my story.

I know I can write 50,000 words in 4 weeks, I do it all the time, but the highest word counts always come near the end. And I still spend between 2 and 3 months on the first draft. So, I wouldn’t have been done with this story anyway. I probably would have gotten really, really close though since I came into the month with about 13,000 words under my sleeve. So it’s back to my original deadline, which is the end of the year. Honestly, I went back to that deadline about a week in. I hadn’t given up yet, but I wanted to take some of the pressure off of myself.

That’s why this post is the last update. I’ve officially given up on trying to make it to 50,000 so there’s no point in doing another update. I’m up to about 15,000 for the month. Maybe I’ll make it 25,000 if I have a good week.

On the regular writing front, I did finally get my outline down! Not the whole story, but pretty close. I lack about 5 chapters, maybe less. I change my outlines a lot, but I like to have one because the bones of it don’t really change and it helps me stay focused and write faster. Part of the problem I had this month (other than character issues) was that I came to complete halt after every scene because I had no idea where it needed to go next.

Another problem I had in getting my word count up is that, despite what I previously thought, I actually edit some as I go. In fact, I start off a lot of sessions by editing some small detail that came up since my last session. I don’t know how to just move on from a scene that I’m not happy with and keep going. And I don’t want to either. I’m all for writing fast. I write fast, I edit fast, and I think I do a good job. But sometimes I poke through stuff. I hate that it happened during NaNo. Maybe it would have happened sooner if I had written more in October. But again, despite what I previously thought, I actually don’t work well under pressure.

Or maybe I do and this is just part of that turning 30 crisis. I have a year and a half, but according to everyone I know, it starts now. By the time I turn 30, I’ll be fine. At least that’s what they say. It’s always fun when people in their 40s tell me I’m still a baby. No, not really. But I guess it’s normal to forget how traumatic turning 30 is when menopause is knocking on your door.

FYI: I’ve clearly given up on that sequel I was talking about a couple of weeks ago. I still just can’t go there right now. 

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