November 23rd, 2020
We’re into the final week of National Novel Writing Month and I have a lot of catching up to do if I want to reach that 50K words by December 1st.
Here’s the thing, no matter what happens, there is nothing in me that thinks I have failed. I have added to this first draft every single day this month. Every day of November I had a word count, some I’m proud of, some I only just managed to scrape 100 words.
Considering I didn’t plan to take part in NaNo this month and only decided what idea I’d give a shot on October 31st, I now have the beginnings of something I’m so proud of.
I’ve truly winged it. At times it’s felt like stumbling around in the dark. Others were lightbulb moments where I would have an idea that just made things click, some of which worked and some didn’t.
Where Am I In My Draft?
I do my word count at the end of the day so as of Sunday I have reached 16,409 words.
In terms of my draft, things are just getting juicy between my MC and their love interest. I’m still having fun writing this book which I think it quite important, and I have a lot of exciting scenes planned.
Plans For The Final Week
We have 8 days to reach 50K words. In order for me to reach that, I would need to write 4K words every day, starting today.
Call me crazy, but I want to try. The reason for that is I’ll have a lot of time this upcoming week if I put blogmas drafting on the back burner. I also have something I didn’t have the first few weeks of writing, an actual outline.
I now know what the next scenes will look like, I know what I want to say, I know who these characters are. The first few weeks were largely dedicated to planning more than drafting and I’m at the stage where I have the ideas, I just need to write them.
I won’t feel like a failure if I don’t reach that goal. I’d still be happy to reach my own personal goal of 25K. But I also know I would be doing myself a favour if I get a lot of this draft done before blogmas begins in December.
So that’s where I’m at. I’ll be playing catch-up until the final day. How’s your NaNoWriMo going?