On track for 100K, I think

I think I’m doing pretty good at not writing too much–too much being so much that I cause pain in my body like I did last year. I said my goal was 3,333 per day, so that I could make 100,000 words by the end of the month, which is about what my first drafts usually run. But, I like to write more at the beginning of the month so I don’t have to be trying to make my word count on Thanksgiving, and because I’ve always liked to get things done early. I was under 5,000 words for the first day and when my daughter asked how NaNo was going and if I was under 10K for once in my life, I replied that I was a good way into day two and was still under 10K. Her reply was fabulous.
(1667*2)*2 + margin of error does not equal 10,000.

I have done yoga two days in a row and set up the bedroom for painting which took over twenty minutes, so that combined with raking some leaves counts as painting in my book. I do think I’ll be painting tomorrow as I won’t be going to any write-ins.

My husband pointed out that if I got to 10K today, I could take tomorrow off and be right on target. Interesting theory, but there’s no way I want the same word count at the end of tomorrow that I start the day with.

Still, I’m not at 20K or whatever insane amount I was at last year on day two. So, maybe I won’t write to the point of pain this year. But still finish before the end of the month even if it takes more than 100,000 words for the first draft. Then again, if I finish too early, I’ll do what I did a couple of years ago, and add to an existing novel. I think I wrote 183,000 that year.

About Katherine Lato

Writer, thinker, observer and participant in life.
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