Week two is over in the National Novel Writing Month, and after Sunday the 15th, we should be at the 25,000 word mark to be on pace for reaching the goal of 50,000 words written in November.
Week two started off smoothly. After not making the word count for 2 of week one’s days, and one of those days being a big fat zero words, I was motivated to make the 1,667 words per day, plus if possible. I did manage to do this, and I wrote over 13,000 for the seven day stretch.
This proved harder than anticipated with the events that took place in Paris on Friday weighing on everyone’s minds. Friday was also the fourth anniversary of my mom’s passing, and that makes this time of year a tough one for me. World events like the one that occurred put things like this in perspective, but we do have to just keep on going, and writing proves a good way to distract yourself.
I must say that I am having a great time writing this book though. Being a short story writer for the first few years of my time writing, I haven’t had the opportunity to develop a plot and characters quite like this, and I love the feeling as the story grows and expands in all directions. I am constantly thinking about it, and where it’s going. One of the hardest things for me is leaving what I’ve written in favour of just getting the first draft done. I am one of those people that likes to go over what I’ve written and tweak it, fixing small issues as I go. With word count pressure, I have managed to avoid all of this.
The book’s word count has reached over 33,000 at this point and has been my main focus for NaNo, but I do have a couple other projects I need to finish this month as well, so I may split my time this week between my book and those projects.
So anyone doing NaNo, keep on going! I’ve seen some people saying they have already hit their 50,000 word target, and others that are at 5,000 but no matter what, you’re writing; getting words on paper so to speak, and that is the whole point of this exercise. So let’s celebrate writing no matter how many words you get down.
I’ll see you all next week to talk about week three!