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Keeping Pace: 10 000 to 20 000 words

My Writing Pace

Now that I’m warmed up, it’s time to shift this story into the next gear. I’ve seen a lot of my fellow Nanowrimos kick out up to fifteen to twenty thousand words already. It’s amazing to see. I’m thankful though that I’ve managed to keep pace with the 1 667 words a day. I don’t think I’m ready to pump out those sort of numbers yet. It would burn me out too quickly.

On the other side, some have had challenges get in the way. All writers have been there. Last year, I didn’t bother with Nano because I knew I wasn’t up for it. I was tired and burnt out creatively. Other years have seen other time-consuming commitments get in in the way. For those who are finding this year challenging, don’t be hard on yourself. Any amount of writing is a step in the right direction. What’s most important is that you enjoy it.

TL;DR Go your own pace, you beautiful writers.

Day 7 – 11818 Words

Now that I’m in the meat of the story, the words have been flowing better. I’m getting to know the characters and they are surprising me in different ways. While I haven’t deviated too far away from my outline, there are significant differences in key events that may change the course of the story. I need to decide to let my characters run amok or give them a little guidance towards where I want them to go. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s best.

Day 7

Day 8 – 13337 Words

It’s Friday, so all I want to do is relax and not think. Writing is enjoyable but there are some days where you just want to shut down completely and just do nothing. Alas, you have to push on. Thankfully, I did a lot yesterday, so it didn’t take long to reach my target. I’m reaching the part of the story where we are learning a lot about the past of our characters. We are starting to get flashbacks to give a bit of background to why they are motivated to take certain actions.

Day 8

Day 9 – 15368

As I said, I needed to pick up the pace now, so I did. This continuation of chapter ten is exploring some more of Milton’s abilities and how he achieves it. It describes more of the setting, which I have at this point been lacking. I’ve always struggled with the description. In my pursuit of the plot, I’ve left it at the wayside of late. Hopefully, I’ll remember for the rest of the project.

Day 9

Day 10: 17040 Words

I’ve been getting into a nice rhythm during these past few days. The only problem is that I work so much better at night. It’s a problem because my job forces me to be a morning person. However, I’m a little bit ahead now, so if I need it, I can do a little less if I need to. Only in an emergency though.

Day 10

Day 11: 18722 Words

One of the great things about a planster (a panster and a planner, according to NaNoWriMo) is that you have a direction to go in but you can get there in many different ways and allow the story to uncover itself. In today’s session, I discovered a second secret society that Milton appears to be associated with. The Nicholsverse is becoming more complex.

Day 11

Day 12/13 – 20007

Unfortunately, I had to miss a day because I had received some really exciting news that took most of my attention. This means that I will have to slowly catch up over the next few day to be on track. I’ll get there though. I’m not going to let a bump in the track derail my plans of success. (Also a website glitch prevented me from posting on the 13th)

Day 13

Holding the Pace

While I overall fell behind in my word count due to uncontrollable circumstances, I still felt like this week was a little easier to write and better quality as well. I will have to spend the next few days catching up, but I should be ok.

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