- Here comes National Novel Writing Month
- National Novel Writing Month: Days 1-5
- National Novel Writing Month Days 6-10
- National Novel Writing Month Days 11-15
- National Novel Writing Month? Completed it. (days 16-18)
- National Novel Writing Month: Pivot (day 19)
- National Novel Writing Month Days 20-23
- National Novel Writing Month: Victory
- National Novel Writing Month in Review
Written 21/11/2017 for 20/11/2017
My 10,000-word day got me into a better position than I had thought.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Anyway, it turned out I only needed to write 2,700 words to stay on target for finishing at the end of the month, so I aimed for 3,000.
The plan was to start at half seven, but I made that plan with a mouse so it didn’t work out.
(So many people are not going to get that joke)
In the end, I started at ten past eight, but did I let that hold me back from doing my 3,000 words by ten past nine?
What do you think?
Estimated words to complete book: 94,000
Words for par, Day 20: 62,666
Words written: 3,048
Total words: 63,923
Words over Target: 1,257
Average per day: 3,196
So it’s another good day.
If I can keep up these 3,000/day, uh, days, until Sunday and then on that day of rest knock out another ten thousand words I’ll go into the last few days of this challenge with very little left to do.
So, that’s exciting.
Written 22/11/2017 for 21/11/2017
If there’s one thing I love – other than Eastenders, Eminem and Emma Stone (all e’s, huh, how about that?) – it’s challenges.
These can take a grand scale, such as my four year Man vs Bookshelf challenge, or a much smaller scale, like the one I undertook last night.
I started writing at eight pm on the dot and I thought to myself, I wonder if I can write 4,000 words in an hour.
It was, I admit, a hefty challenge, and I thought it might cost me some quality.
However, I’m not sure it did.
What certainly happened was that I became focused. I didn’t stop to take mid-session stats or to check my phone and I continuously ignored my girlfriend as she shouted through at me from the bedroom (sorry).
It was tough, and I was constantly hovering between making it and just missing it, which added a level of excitement that NaNoWriMo was not, alone, able to provide.
But did I do it?
Estimated words to complete book: 95,000
Words for par, Day 21: 66,500
Words written: 4,098
Total words: 68,021
Words over Target: 1,521
Average per day: 3,239
How’s that for tight.
Just over 4,000 and I didn’t cheat, either. I stopped exactly an hour after I started, and I was bloody pleased about it.
I might try it again tonight, but we’ll have to see.
I’ll let you know.
Written 23/11/2017 for 22/11/2017
Look, I’m very busy today, so I really don’t have much time to talk.
Let’s keep it brief.
I wrote for just under an hour.
My output was not what it was the day before.
I still hit 3,000 words but did not quite match what I would have liked to do.
Still, I’m on target. See below.
Estimated words to complete book: 94,000
Words for par, Day 22: 68,933
Words written: 3,000
Total words: 71,021
Words over Target: 2,088
Average per day: 3,228
Another chance to move the chains tonight (that’s an NFL reference).
Hopefully, it can be a big day.
Until then, goodbye.
I got blogging to do.
Written 24/11/2017 for 23/11/2017
I try my very best, always, to restrict my evening writing time to writing only.
The moment you start throwing other tasks in your time just disappears and you end up getting no words done and half a blog.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work in practice.
I try to blog before work and at lunch but recently I’ve been getting into work later than usual so I’ve had no time to do it then, and there’s not enough time at lunch to get everything I need to get done, done.
So last night, I had to do some blogging, and I was able to finish editing my latest Man vs Bookshelf review and schedule it (so look out that, the day after next). Then I set up this blog, putting in all entries except the one I’m writing now.
With all that done, I was left with a markedly short about of time to do any writing, and I had to go over my writing deadline to do what I want to do.
I’ll do a round up on this book when I’m done and talk about a some of this stuff then, but it’s worth mentioning now that the final act is not coming together as I would have liked.
There will be large changes throughout whenever I do edit this book, but for the most par,t I feel that I have had a good starting point. Something to build on.
This last act has felt a bit like I’m writing for the sake of writing, and given how far I’ve come in terms of developing the idea of this series, it feels pointless writing what I’m writing at the moment.
It’s my fault, really. With the first draft I did last month I was constantly pivoting and changing direction as I went, adapting the story and the plan I’d written to fit new plans and ideas that inevitably arose as I went along.
It makes for a first draft that’s a nightmare to read and makes little sense, but it’s so much better for follow up drafts.
I haven’t done that here, sticking more religiously to a plan I’ve probably outgrown.
That’ll hurt later, I think, but hey, at least I got my words done for the day.
In the end.
Estimated words to complete book: 93,000
Words for par, Day 23: 71,300
Words written: 3,123
Total words: 74,144
Words over Target: 2,844
Average per day: 3,223
So yeah, I’m feeling a little lethargic, but there are positives.
I know where I want to change this story and where I want to take it.
That’s all good.
But for now, I just want to get this first draft done.
So let’s focus on that.