It’s the last day of November and as of bedtime last night, I’ve written 135,880 words since November 1st. It’s a record for me, one that once stood at 60,000 words in a month, one I don’t plan on breaking any time soon. I still have one more day to add to that record. Specifically, 18 hours, but I’ll be in bed before midnight, so that will trim down to about 15 hours.
My goal today is to write every minute I can. It’s unrealistic to do this every day, but today, the last day, I will. I’ve cleared everything off my schedule. Besides usual housekeeping duties, getting kids off to school and work, feeding animals and the unexpected interruption (fingers crossed the power will stay on today), I will write, drink tea and work towards the end of Revelation Stones, the 3rd book in the Castle Keepers series. It currently sits at 139,614 words, Chapter 32, Scene 2. Looking at the six scenes left to write, I imagine it needs about 15,000 more words before I can write THE END. Much of the second-last scene has already been written – it came to me a week ago, so I recorded it.
Since last Monday, I’ve focussed on this book. I’ll explain why in this upcoming Monday’s post about my November Writing Experience.
It’s 5:35 am in Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s time to get words down, kill a few characters in the final battle of the epic fantasy novel and resolve a few long-standing plots, a few that began in the first chapter of the first book.
My thoughts are already planning book 4 of the series, Healing Stones. The last scene of Revelation Stones leads into it. Knowing I can write more than 130,000 words in a month tells me I can write a fantasy in a month. January will be dedicated to writing Healing Stones.
If you’ve already written your 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, congratulations!
If you’ve almost reached 50,000 words, good luck today. You can do it!
If you can’t make the deadline of midnight tonight, don’t beat yourself up over it. I’ve been there; it’s not productive. In fact, it’s counter-productive. Be satisfied with what you’ve accomplished and look to tomorrow. Life happens; it gets in our way. Perhaps next November, the stars will align in your favour as they have for me this year, only the second year in the past ten I’ve been able to meet this November writing challenge.