NaNoWriMo 2010 – Week 2 Progress

By | November 10, 2010

Today is day 10 of NaNoWriMo.  As of right now, I am on track to hit the minimal goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month.  I still have hopes of hitting a higher word count in the 60-75k range, but we will see.  Life outside of NaNo has proved extremely busy, but I am comfortable with my progress.

Epic Plans, as you may have noticed, has taken a consistency hit.  Though I had anticipated that.  The novel I am working on this year, Stardust Mage, has already undergone shifts from the original plot outline.  That also was anticipated.  Once I start writing and getting to know the characters, things change.  Or one scene ends up different than I had thought it would, so subsequent scenes shift, become irrelevant, etc.  It’s a fun process to see something develop.

I have noticed something interesting when contracting against NaNo 2009.  Hitting that minimum goal of 1,667 words in a day isn’t as difficult as it was last year.  My pace of writing is roughly double, though i suspect a lot of that is confidence.  I *know* that it is well within my ability to write 2,000 words in a single sitting and that a little here and a little there easily adds up to the requisite word count.  I seem to be on a general pace of around 1,000 – 1,200 words a hour.  So on busy nights like Monday night, I knew I would be able to get to the goal line by writing a hour before bed.  Some nights like last night (Tuesday), review pieces came in, so didn’t get working on it till later than I had planned  However, I was still able to hit my goal mark.

All in all I am enjoying NaNo this year.  I am managing to keep up with (or in front of hehe) my writing buddies.  My personal stats tracker confirms that I am right on track to finish by Nov. 30th.  Below is the tracker that I use offline.  It shows that I am off from the max goal, though a couple of big days will get me back in line for that.  I am shooting for somewhere between the lines though.

So haven’t yet reached my other goal of passing my “most words written in a day” mark.  Last year had around 5,000 words in a single day.  So I am hoping to have at least a single 6k+ day.  (More than one wouldn’t be bad either!) I think I will get there though! 🙂

How is everyone else doing?

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