What about my account of week two? Or week three? How can it possibly be week four already?
As you’ll have probably guessed, I didn’t get around to writing those updates. I was too busy writing the words that are contributing to my goal of 50,000. I missed a few days during week two, then had some not very wordy days during week three. Before I knew it,
I was 8,000 words behind.
It had seemed so easy when I planned out my ten stories which I expected to be around 5000 words each. But some of the stories were told after just 4,000, 3,000, or even 2,000 words. Some of the ideas I had sketched out didn’t really work. I ended up merging a couple of them into one story.
When I was at around 28,000 words I seriously thought about giving up. You’ve already written several stories, I told myself. That’s already so much compared to what you had at the beginning of the month (ie nothing). But in the end, my stubborn side won over and I decided that even if I didn’t manage to get the full 50,000, I would keep writing until the 30th and see where I was then.
So after some marathon writing sessions this past weekend, including five hours with my writing group in a very noisy café (which turned out to be my most productive session so far), I’m almost back on track. I’ve been reading a lot during this month, mostly ploughing through Paul Auster’s 4321 and reading writing blogs (if you’re looking for some NaNoWriMo inspiration, look no further than here). I even found inspiration for one of my stories in a facebook group, thus proving that procrastinating via social media can have some positive effects too.
No matter how things go over the next few days, I will report back here on how I got on.
If you are doing NaNoWriMo, I wish you all the best and many, many words for the remaining days! Let me know in the comments how you are getting on.