January 2010 Wordcount Goal: 73,000

Monday, November 13, 2006

NaNoWriMo's Saggy Middle

Just like any first draft of a novel, my NaNoWriMo pursuit is having a saggy middle. I know I need to step it up if I want to reach the 50K goal, but. . . . Right now I'm probably at a 30-35K pace and while that's pretty good, it's clearly not enough to be haloed. If you haven't noticed, there's a new countdown clock on the righthand sidebar. Sixteen days, it says, so I'm going to have to up my wordcount to average 2300 a day to make it.

The beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it urges you on and encourages you to try harder. Instead of 1200 or 1500 a day, why not do those extra pages and make it 2400? Time compresses, expectations are heightened, creativity muscles are squeezed. At the end of the month a first draft is delivered--okay, make that a rough first draft.

How are you doing?

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