Saturday, November 6, 2010

HEAD + DESK = NaNoWriMo Status Update1

Let it be said that I am well ahead of NaNoWriMo's wordcount goal. Let is also be said that I am three days behind on my original goals. I have never been behind on the first week. That's supposed to be the second one, no? My NaNo pattern is messed up!

There's a simple reason for all that, however. I can't quite afford the 5-6 hours I would need every day to hit my daily wordcount with two exams, and all the additional homework. It is my hope all of these worries will go away when Tuesday is gone, but you never know.

Anyway, my characters are at least taking a life of their own, and willing the words to pages faster than me when I do sit down. I love my story, despite all that is wrong with it (I'm noting it on a side card!).

Quick tip: If you despise a good chunk of what you wrote, whether it is a scene or a paragraph, for the love of all that is NaNo-Holy, do not erase it. Strike it, leave it there, rewrite it. I have two complete scenes this way. Remember, words written always count, whether you intend to keep them or not. Just leave them there!

And now back to my regular studying. Cheers, NaNoers, and keep going!


  1. I love that you took the time to let us know how things are going for you, even though you're pressed for time.

    Personally, I've had my head down and fingers moving this week. I wanted to reach 20k in the first week and, if I can write 1k today I should make it. I'm quite excited about that as when I was honest with myself I never thought I'd hit that goal. Sometimes it pays to aim high, I guess.

    Cheers --- Larry

  2. I'm so there. HEAD meet DESK, argh. I wanted to finish really quickly, which I know is ridiculous, so I could focus on essays and coursework in the later part of the month.

    It's all gone wrong. Never mind, CONSOLING HUGS ALL ROUND!

  3. Mia: Trust me it's not ridiculous. Last year I WAS over the 50k line by now. I hadn't planned on it, but I had a lot of free time. This year I plan on it and WHAM, no suck luck. Murphy's playing with us, I think!

    Larry: Yes! Hooray for the 20k. It's good to be well ahead by the end of week 1, as for a majority of Wrimos, the second is the hardest to deal with. Keep writing!