Thursday, December 6, 2012

Making Progress

Rome, I’ve been told, wasn’t built in a day.

Neither is a novel written in 24 hours.

Hardly even is a novel written in a month, despite November’s official title as National Novel Writing Month. That’s not to say, though, that it’s not fun to try.

A month ago, at the beginning of November, I started into NaNoWriMo with about 300,000 other writers. The goal? To finish the month with 50K words written on a new novel project. The month is now over, and the results are in.

And, yes—I made it!

To be precise, I wrote 50,405 words between November 1st and November 28th. Since I didn’t write on Sundays, and missed a couple Saturdays along the way, that means I averaged just over 2,000 words per day.

Soon, if things go well, I’ll get back to a more normal writing schedule, start posting more regularly, and perhaps put up a few more book reviews. In the meantime, I’m looking back at November with a small amount of shock and some satisfaction…

On the exciting side of life, I have proved it possible to sit in front of a computer and command myself to type reasonable and grammatical—more or less—sentences until I reach a 500 word or a 1,000 word, or even a 4,000 word goal. Painful, certainly, but doable.

I also now have 50K words written for the fifth volume of my Areaex fantasy series.

On the depressing side of life, however, I may not get around to working on either of my current novels before the end of the year. My brain is still functioning, I think, but the momentum ran out along with the deadline. I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get it back. Maybe if I set a smaller goal? Say 1,000 words per day? I’ve proved it can be done!

(Also, I have now 50K words written on the fifth volume of my series. It might work as the first third of the novel’s plot, once I figure out how to write the other two-thirds and cut this section in half.)

So, I’ve made progress—which means that now (as usual), it’s time to keep going.

Perhaps it’s time for a miniscule, insignificant goal, like 500 words per day? I no longer have an excuse not to.

What’s your favorite way to get things done?

(P.S. Congratulations to all the other writers who participated! And a huge thank you to all of you who encouraged me and other writers along the way.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yay, and congrats to you!

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