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?