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Hey again, WriMos!

We’re now just over one third of the way through November.  Yes, really.  We are now one third done.  Done with the month, that is.  Not the novels.  Oh, hell no, not the novels.  I’m at not even close to a third finished.

Day 10 should have brought us to 16,670 words.  

Oh, stop.  Take a deep breath.  Now let it out.  Take another one.  Keep going.  That’s right.  Oxygen good, panic bad.

It’s okay.

I’m at 12,000.*  In case you’re not good at math, that’s over 4,000 words behind.  Way over 4,000.  Please.  Tell me I’m not the only one.  Or tell me I am.  Tell me you’re way ahead, or just right on schedule and that it is possible to write so much in so little time (I’ve always thought Chris Baty was just playing a huge joke on everyone…)

What have your ten days brought you to? 

Now before I spend any more time writing words that don’t count towards the 50,000 (this post is almost 250 hundred words that could have been a nice intro to Chapter 5!) I’m going to disconnect, tell my friends to change their wireless password, and curl up on the couch with some tea and a blank word document for my next chapter.

But here’s my one tip for the day, before I run off to catch up:  Don’t look at today as one third gone but two thirds still to go.  There is time yet!

*Ok, ok, it’s 11952… thought it would make me feel better to round up, but I just felt guilty.

11 Responses to “NaNoWriMo: Where have your ten days gone?”

  1. live60

    Good you’re into writing volume, Aelius. I can write a novel per month if I want to, and have done so on a few occasions. So, I could become my own book of the month club. Keep pushing for volume for now. If you are like me you will evolve faster doing so. I got tired of the old me and morphed (several times), but I can always go back when I miss my former self. You are doing well.


  2. storymultiverse

    Don’t worry about being behind. Instead, think about how much you’ve already accomplished. You’re writing now, and that’s all that matters!

    I’m a little ahead of par at 19k right now, but this idea has been outlined for some time. That being said, I’m actually behind where I want to be as my hope is to turn this into a (roughly) 75k novel that I will try to get published.

  3. live60

    Right, Aelius, don’t beat yourself up for being a little behind. You’re a good writer with a good mind so I think you’ll be able to catch up easily. You are succeeding at being a writer, so write with the confidence that in the end you’ll be okay. Keep us posted.


  4. Anna

    ^ What those guys said 😀

    You’re doing awesomely well, and have so much more commitment to actually finish the project than I bet a lot of other people do. It makes me sound terribly mean when I say it but it always makes me feel better if I think that someone else is doing worse! So seriously, don’t worry too much about it, because I bet you someone else is worrying far more than you are :)

    • aeliusblythe

      LOL! I totally think about that too actually. It is kind of mean, but on the other hand I know I’m also giving back by allowing people who have higher wordcounts, but are still behind, to feel better by looking at me. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

  5. kiwikar

    As long as you don’t stop writing! This is not about the actual word count. The 50k is just a random numer that stands for a novel with reasonable length. Even if you “only” manage to write 30k in the end you should be proud of every little word, because you wrote them.

    I’m currently 800 words behind schedule, but I’ve been writing 2k each day for the last 4 days or so, so I am catching up. Yay for determination!

    • aeliusblythe

      Wow, 2k a day? You know its funny, isn’t it, that 1,000 or 2,000 wouldn’t normally seem like that much because I often bang out a few k when I’m inspired. But doing it day after day after day after…. I think skipping NaNo for a year put me out of practice and I don’t remember how I ever did that!

      But good for you for starting out ahead! Wish I’d done that…

  6. live60

    When I write my novels I’ve been trying to stay around 30k because I always have another novel I want to write sitting on the back burner in my brain. And, we shouldn’t feel bad if we don’t meet our goals. I’ve been half way there on a novel before when it seems it’s starting to go stale. So, I work on an ending and call it a novella. I sort of look at writing like a vineyard, and the written word as grapes. Some are for jelly, others are for juice and some for wine. But they all sell, just not for the same price. The important thing is to keep the crop coming in. I know Aelius can do it because she’s got good stuff.


  7. aeliusblythe

    First, I want to say I’m a moron. I disabled the “email me every time someone comments” thing on this blog because my inbox was getting cluttered. Then I forgot that I did that and wondered where everyone had got to. Didn’t actually come back here to check until just now. I guess that’s what email alerts are for!

    Secondly, thanks everyone for the kind words of encouragement! I am still working hard to catch up on my NaNo, which is why this blog has been a bit more inactive than usual. But if I get to 25,000 before the 15th, you can be sure I’ll be back to celebrate!

  8. live60

    I would like to make another observation here, Aelius. You ask, “Where have your ten days gone?” That seems to be a hardship of writers, when one wakes up after a lot of mad writing, months later with a novel, short stories and a screenplay, to ask, “Where has my life gone?” Writing can steal away our time, and it’s like waking up from a time warp or some semi-coma. It’s sort of a strange feeling that really makes me uncomfortable. I’m kind of recovering from such experiences now, which is something of a self inflicted PTSD.




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