Every doggone year, I want to do NaNoWriMo right. I want to get out there, and write not just 1600 words a day - but more than that! And every doggone year, it seems like things just explode around me every November. Instead of getting more work done, I get less. Instead of having more wordcount accomplished by the end of the month, I find myself wondering if I can actually finish NaNo at all.
In 2009, I had to write 20,000 words in the last day, in order to finish the book in time.
In 2010, I wrote just over 25,000 words on November 30th, in order to finish By Darkness Revealed. Yes, that was a NaNoWriMo novel. Yes, the second half of the book really was written that fast. No, that was not a very fun day. Although it was exciting. And I noticed that the writing from that day was overall more crisp, more clear, and LESS in need of editing that the first half. Go figure.
So this year I'm sitting at something like 6000 words done on the 26th. I have work tonight, and work tomorrow night. If I'm lucky, I might be able to pull out a couple thousand words before Monday. Which leaves me three days.
About 72 hours.
To write maybe 42,000 words.
I'm off from work all three days.
Yes, I'm going to do this.
And as penance for being a dummy AGAIN this year, I'm going to let you all watch.
I'm going to update this blog at least daily, at least briefly, with little bits about how I'm doing. I'm also going to tweet progress on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. So you can root for me - or mock me, if you prefer - on Twitter if you want to follow my feed there.
Forty two thousand words.
Signing off for work now. I'll see you on Monday. ;)