5,139 words and my plans for NaNoWriMo

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, November 04, 2010 At 12:27 AM

So far I'm on track for NaNoWriMo, with 5,139 words at the end of Wednesday — and I even wrote them before midnight, too!  I've been doing most of my novel writing after midnight each night (which is why the first two squares on my calender widget are yellow), and while that still feels like today in my book (it's not tomorrow until you've been to bed), I will have to finish my novel before midnight on the 30th.  Also, I've been sleeping quite late every morning as a result, and then not getting my regular work done until later in the day, forcing me to wait until later to work on my novel again — a very bad self-fulfilling pattern that I plan to break out of in the next couple of days.

I'm pleased with my progress on my novel so far, even though tonight I felt like I had to work for every one of the 1,767 words I added this evening.  I know I mentioned already that I am finishing last year's novel, but what I didn't talk about was the fact that I really don't have 50,000 words to add.  I'm thinking I'll run out of stuff to write around 30,000 at best.  At that point I am planning to add word count by rewriting some of the stuff I wrote the first time around that I wasn't happy with.  I may not make it to 50,000, but if I finish this novel this year, I'll be okay with that.

Another option, once I run out of stuff to write in this novel, is to start on the next novel idea floating around in my head.  I have several I really like, so I would have to decide which one to work on next.  It may be cheating a little, but I figure if I'm writing 1,667 new words every day, it's not breaking the rules by much!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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