NaNoWriMo Week Three – Recap and Some Perspective

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This last week has been kick your teeth in exhausting, and I can safely say I am not proud of my progress so far. Less than two weeks left and I am not sure if I’ll make the 50,000 words needed to “win” NaNoWriMo. I’ve been dealing with how I feel about that, and after much thinking I have decided I feel okay with it.

If nothing else it helped push me to write every day this month, and I’ll try to continue that through next month as well. After all, my real goal is to finish my novel. Since it’s my first one I have to accept that there are some growing pains, give myself a bit of slack for the learning curve.

This last week has been crazy at work, lots of long hours and a great night at an Evening With Neil Gaiman on Wednesday. While all of that factored in to low word counts I did make myself write every day – I have started hopping back and forth on different chapters so I haven’t finished as many this week.

Without further adieu, my week’s stats looked like this:

  • Monday, November 12th – 37 words
  • Tuesday, November 13th- 2311 words
  • Wednesday, November 14th- 82 words
  • Thursday, November 15th- 80 words
  • Friday, November 16th- 67 words
  • Saturday, November 17th- 1131 words
  • Sunday, November 18th- 555 words

Tuesday was the best night, I took my laptop with me and sat in the car while the kiddos were at practice. Chilly fingers flew across the keyboard and kept me busy while I waited, and it definitely was worth it! Lots more work to go, and while it would be easy to let myself be dragged down by my lack of progress I am instead using it as inspiration to push harder next week. With a four day weekend on the horizon maybe I’ll catch up!

Remember, even if we don’t win this challenge, it’s a great opportunity to let us see where we are in our writing habits and that is more than worth it! If you’re participating how are things going for you? I’d love to hear about your experience with NaNoWriMo. Let me know, either in the comments or feel free to contact me directly through the contact page or via email: hsellers@heather-sellers.com

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