NaNo Update #4


Tuesday, I didn’t feel like I got much writing done.  I had sat down for about two hours at my computer for actual “work” on Goddess Investigations, my NaNoWriMo book. 

I’d worked on it a few times between Friday of the previous week and Tuesday, but I never felt I worked on it very hard.  I was trying to work on Here Be Dragons by another author, providing historical information needed in the book (like how much armor and weaponry weighs and how tall long boats are… and how jumping from the deck of a long boat into water of any depth wearing full armor and armed to the teeth would lead to drowning).  

Anyway, so Tuesday night, I sat down to write.  I opened the book and checked the total word count: 46,435 words.  Only 3,565 words from hitting the 50,000 word goal with 9 days left. 

When I crawled into bed around 3 a.m. on Tuesday night.  I did so having hit my 50,000 word goal

I’ve hit the goal nearly every year I have committed to doing NaNo.  And I sat down and wrote nearly 80,000 words in a week in August.  Meaning I know I can do it, I’ve done it multiple times.  Why then do I keep signing up?

NaNo reminds me to focus on the important things:

  1. putting ideas into words.
  2. getting words out.

It’s actually something I would recommend to anyone trying to get their first novel written or who needs a refresher course in setting goals and deadlines for writing novels.

However, the novel didn’t get completed in 50,000 words.  There’s still quite a bit to put on it.  But I hit the goal and that’s the important part right now.

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