It’s been a long sixteen days in November, but I’m on schedule in the NaNoWriMo challenge. As of today, I’ve written 28,003 words. Although the intended day’s word count is supposed to be only 1,667, I’ve managed to write 1,750 words a day on average.
It hasn’t been easy.
There were days when I wrote those words in an hour. Then there were days I had to break up the writing into two or more sessions because I was forced to be involved in life outside of writing. There was one day I wrote only about 300 words.
So it’s been a challenge. But I’m a little over half way there. Yeah!
The story—The Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes—is progressing well. I’m on chapter twelve. My main character has had small growth spurts and a few minor setbacks. I’m setting her up for a horrible turn of events and a vacation. At the end of the book, she’ll still be standing. I can’t say that for all the characters.
What Have I Learned?
When I started this challenge, I thought I’d like to continue writing like this every day for the foreseeable future. I don’t think that any longer.
I love the writing part, but the word count is simply too cumbersome at this point in my life. There’s just not enough time. Instead, I’ll commit to 500 words a day. It’s a doable amount that will take me less than thirty minutes.
I’d like to write a few seasonal short stories and put together a collection for next Christmas or the one after. They’d revolve around the theme of Christmas and winter. If I wrote 500 words a day, I could write one story a week.
It’s a doable goal, one that would be productive and encouraging.
So what about you? How is your challenge working? What have you learned?