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Monday, 14 November 2011

Day 14 NaNoWriMo challenge

Day 14 marks the end of week 2 for all writers participating in the NaNoWriMo Challenge - write 50,000 word novel in a month.  So how's the indoor writer proceeding with her WIP?  Target for end of today is 20,000 words and she's at 17,539.  Quite incredible since the most words previously penned in one month was 10,000.  Her wise tutor, the lovely Lynne Hackles, has warned that writing must be fun, work needs to evolve from love and care and not the simple pursuit of word targets.  We both wholeheartedly agree with these sentiments.  Yet, my tame writer seems to be thriving on this project - admittedly her daily word output ebbs and flows, while the main challenge is creating the chapter outlines quickly enough, as these first have to be 'written' in her head before the words get down on the laptop.  But the continuous writing strategy seems to gel with this novel's plotline, a real-time narrative, so that the story and characters are kept moving at a fast pace.

Despite locking herself indoors for most of the week she somehow managed to lose 2lbs (perhaps writing burns more calories than we think ...), run and swim several times, and kept the family fed and happy.  Once this book is done it could be time for a break in December - EEK just remembered what happens in December!  Santapig will be visiting ...

She may not hit 50,000 by end of November, but she's not panicking or fretting because the first draft of a new novel will be close to completion,  BONUS!  And whatever her final word target - it still will be a significant achievement for 30 days of writing.

Keep writing, even if you don't care about your word counts ...

1 comment:

  1. Keep going, Tracy! You're doing really well, especially if you're running & swimming too!