My life has a lot of writing lately, which is great. But it does make it difficult to crank out five or six thousands words a day like I used to for NaNoWriMo. I originally planned on starting on October 1 with 1,000 words a day on average as the goal. Then I worried I’d still have too much left to write in November since my first drafts are around 100,000 words.
So I started in September with a goal of ‘writing some.’ That was 12,000 words and a very good pass on what was already a pretty good outline. On October 1, I wrote 600 words, then went to work and worked on paid writing and editing all day. Friday I wrote 1400, so I’m on-track for October. The plan is to write more on days I don’t have work, but to write every day, averaging 1,000 words a day.
It takes time to write a first draft. Sometimes a lot of time. When it’s going really slow, I wonder how I ever did 5-10-15K a day. And then I start writing dialogue and the words flow. But I’m still looking forward to a more reasonable pace for first-draft writing. When I woke up at 5 a.m. yesterday, I didn’t get out of bed to write although I was tempted. I didn’t need to start that early to write 1400 words, and I knew it. I know I can write a novel in less than thirty days. Time to test if I can do it in a more balanced way.