NaNoWriMo. The word, to those of us who know what it represents, elicits a broad range of emotions. For some, it strikes fear. For others, it is an opportunity.
I think it’s safe to say I fall in the later category. I like having the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days in front of me. It gets my creative juices flowing.
It also makes me go further than I probably should; I make bigger challenges for myself. For example, I decided to write 70,000 words in November instead of the normal 50,000. That was largely because I knew how much writing I needed to get done. 50,000 words simply would not cover it all.
So, as of today, I am sitting above 45,000 words. That is the pace I need to hit that 70,000 word goal I set for myself. I should be much further along even than that, but I have had a number of zero-word days. Five to be precise. At my current rate of writing, I would already be closing in on 60,000 if I hadn’t taken time off.
But, I do have other responsibilities, so that is just the way it has to be.
Breaking down what I have done thus far is:
- Finished (and posted) episode 2 of Champ McKay, Texas Space Ranger (to Wattpad);
- Wrote episode 3 of Champ McKay (as above). Not yet posted. Needs some editing;
- Began work on 3 different short stories. 80% finished one, 20% finished another and have a solid start on the third;
- Have written 12 chapters of Mik Murdoch (expect 30ish chapters when finished). That puts the book almost at the half-way point.
Not disappointed with my progress so far. I had hoped to do more writing over the weekend, but plans have this funny way of changing. I’m still maintaining my podcasting work along with my other responsibilities around home too.
How is your NaNoWriMo going?