Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NaNoWriMo: The Second Week Check-In


It is the end of the second week for those of us participating in National Novel Writing Month. Many writers say that the second week is more difficult than the first. In the first, the writer is excited about the story and full of creative ideas, and by the second week, the writer gets closer to the middle of the story and all of the minutiae of getting from one point in the story to the next. For some, this is when the fire of excitement dims and the writing becomes more of a struggle. All of the advice I have heard to give to writers who are at this point in their writing is to not give up; it will get exciting again if you keep going.

Fortunately, I have not reached a point where I feel a lack of excitement for my story yet. Let's face it, I have been pantsing it (as in "flying by the seat of my pants") from the beginning, so every step in my story is new to me. I didn't create an outline; I didn't even have this story idea until I started writing it on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo.

I am absolutely loving my story so far though, and I have decided to save an interesting snippet of writing from each day during the month of November, so that, when I reach November 30th, I will have a collection of 30 snippets to share with you by December 1st.

Check in:

As of today, I have written 41,677 words in total, which is an average of 2,976 words a day. My expected date to reach 50,000 words is November 16th. If I continue at this pace, by November 30th, I will have written 89,293 words.

How are you doing? Please let me know in the comments how your NaNoWriMo efforts are going. What's your favorite part of NaNoWriMo? What's your least favorite part of NaNoWriMo?


J said...

Congrats on your awesome word count!! I'm cruising behind you at just under 40k. Yesterday was the first real stumbling block, and I had zero word count. Life stuff simply got in the way, and I had to give myself permission to let it.

Pantsing during NaNo can be crazy, but fun! I wound up outlining this year's novel, but it finished at only 36k. So now I'm pantsing a whole second one to push me over 50k. Good luck to us both!

Julie Hedlund said...

Wow! Very impressive.