Freelancing fail and NaNoWriMo's slow start

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, November 05, 2014 At 1:09 AM

Last week was a rough week, and not very productive.  My mom moved and so I spent a lot of time helping her, putting off freelancing work as well as outlining this year's project for NaNoWriMo.  As a result, I had to cram to get all of my freelance work done by the deadline over the weekend, and I also spent my writing time at the NaNo kickoff party outlining my project instead.

I'm hoping this week will be a little better, but so far, no dice.  Yesterday I spent the morning at a farrier appointment for the horses, and the evening with my mom.  Today is my day off from the nanny job, so I worked on some client blog posts until it was time to go to my evening write-in.

I got a good amount done at the write-in, my first large chunk of writing since NaNo started: a little over 1,400 words, for a grand total of 1,515 so far.  Nonfiction is definitely a slower than writing a novel, especially since I wasn't well prepared and am feeling a little iffy on the tone and pacing.  I'm also jumping around a little in the outline I prepared the night of the kickoff party.  I haven't yet worked on any of the sections that will require additional research, but there are some that will, which will slow me down even more.

I'm going to try to write 2,000 words a day until I catch up.  Hopefully that is a realistic goal with nonfiction, but I guess I will find out!


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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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