I have 22,553 words on my NaNo novel. I plan to reach the halfway point today. I can write 2500 words easily today. I thought about writing first thing when I sat down at my computer this morning, but the past several days have been very busy and the only time I’ve had has been to write my novel, not any blog posts, so I wanted to post something here first.
After the initial push the first 2 days and getting pretty far ahead I’ve been holding steady at close to 1700 words per day. I’m at a part of my novel where the action has died down, so I need to figure out how to move it along while keeping it interesting. For now, I’ll just keep writing, even if it’s boring, knowing I can cut it or change it next month. Yes, I’d prefer to make it Really Good right now, and I do have some wiggle room in my word count to do so, but I like being ahead. I like that insurance against a case of Real Life.
November is for making new friends, even if they are scattered around the world and you might never meet them in person. This year I’ve met Iniriba, who has dubbed me her NaNo Harpy. I’m tickled by the title and am having fun in the role. Why NaNo Harpy? Because I harp on her every day to make her word count and then some. She’s writing a novel based on Greek Mythology, and from the snippets she’s been posting on twitter I can’t wait to read it when it’s finished! I used to be a use Greek Mythology buff in high school. OK, that may be an exaggeration. I wasn’t a buff, but I did enjoy it. I’ve forgotten most of it though. Even so, I still love a good story based on it. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, go check out her blog, http://iniribablog.wordpress.com/.
Since my last post I’ve learned that, on the weekends, it helps me to shower and get dressed as soon as I wake up. I often spend the day in my PJs until I have to go somewhere, and if I have nowhere to go I just won’t get dressed. But doing the opposite helps my body to realize, hey, it’s really time for business. It may have backfired a bit when I still spend an hour procrastinating on the internet before I really got writing (I’d write a few dozen words then think of something I needed to look up or someone I needed to email), but I still think I got my words in sooner than I would have otherwise.
OK, I have an hour before I have to leave for the write-in today, and my stomach is telling me I MUST eat breakfast before I do anything else, so I’d better get to it.