When I signed up for NaNoWriMo a couple of weeks ago, I stated that I’d be happy if I achieved 20,000 words in the month. Well, guess what?
Tonight I passed that milestone! And it’s only Day 12.
At this point of the challenge I am still slightly ahead of schedule — which is amazing — but I am aware of some micro-cracks developing in the armour. Now that I’ve resumed the dayjob, my progress is gradually slowing. As expected, it’s much harder to knuckle down to write at the end of the day, compared with lolling around with the computer in cafes all morning.
I think I must accept there will be days when I cannot write — or cannot at least reach my quota — whether due to fatigue or some other engagement. Which means I need to be more productive on weekends, when I can engage in multiple sessions (say, morning and late afternoon), or on those particular weeknights when I’m on a roll.
Kim Wilkins recently shared one of her strategies along these lines: She’s divided her 30,000 word-per-month goal into 25 word-parcels of different sizes… and she picks one to write to on each of 25 days in the month, depending on her ‘other life’ schedule for that day. It’s a really cool idea.
This past Saturday, I wrote in the cafe (yay!), in the hair salon (there’s a first time for everything — waiting for the hair dye to do its thing gave me a good 45-60 minutes in a few broken up sessions), and on the couch in the evening.
It’s interesting, actually, what one will do when one is on a mission. Without NaNoWriMo, I would undoubtedly not have written in the hair salon… nor would I have dragged myself off to write on multiple occasions when away with the family last weekend. I would have just written the time off. NaNo is reconditioning me in many ways to put my writing first.
I am completely stoked to have produced 20K words in 12 days. But I am not going to get over-confident, because the dayjob does make it very difficult. Nonetheless, I remain optimistic and (importantly) motivated. I really want to nail this challenge!