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#NaNo2018 Half-Month Check-In | #NaNoWriMo #amwriting

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hey, fellow NaNo-ers!

Believe it or not, November is already half over. How are you doing on your goal(s)?

As of yesterday (14 November), I was 2/3 of the way to my personal goal of 15,000 words.

I’ve actually been able to use a lot of the “awful” stuff I wrote years ago, the last two times I tried to write this story. That’s one of the main reasons I printed it all out before I started, so I could do this:

Which turned into this:

Even on days like today, when I know I have some old stuff to copy/paste over into a new document and revise/rewrite into my current draft, it’s still hard to make myself sit down at the computer to do it. And then that makes me sad, because I shouldn’t have to make myself write—I should want to write. And then when I do, I know that it’s not very good and so I get caught up in a negative loop of self-doubt and anxiety.

And then I remind myself that I’m already making so much progress because of the tiny bit of work I did four or five years ago on this story. So if I work through it now, figure out the characters and conflict as I go and get an entire draft finished, then—in the NEXT draft—I’ll have a whole lotta stuff already written that I can use. And I have learned that I do prefer the revision process to the writing process most of the time anyway. So I have to give myself something to work with!

How is your writing going this month?

One Comment
  1. Sherrinda permalink
    Friday, November 16, 2018 7:58 am

    I love that you set your goal according to your realistic constraints. I tried NaNo twice before when I worked full-time and failed…even though I had written 15,000. Progress should be celebrated, regardless of a goal met or not.

    Since I’m not working full-time, I kept my daily word count goal at 1667. So far I’m a little ahead of schedule, with 29,000 as of yesterday. It feels good to be on track. It feels even better to have words on the page…even if they are drivel…to work with during the next draft.

    Here’s to progress and stories unfolding!

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