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Word Count

Day 17 - November 17
50,176 Words

Goal Passed.
Writing with a goal of 50K in a month has been an interesting experience. I definitely put this particular project first. I would focus on it first thing in the morning and let other projects wait until I reached my daily goal.

I achieved my daily quota every day. That felt good. I didn't go back and rewrite or edit as I went, which I usually do, so that was a new experience for me. I need some time to digest the process and decide if it was better, worse, or just different than business as usual. I'm going to guess some aspects worked better and some aspects didn't. I know I blew off Yoga yesterday morning, and that wouldn't be good in the long run. I'm going back to class tomorrow morning.

I also have a rewrite for Prairie Nocturne to finish. Rehearsals start December 27, so I have time. But still... duty calls. 


For everyone out there NaNoWriMo-ing away. You can do it! That goal is reachable. Stick with it. We're all in this together.


It's been fun.

Spotlight on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

Every year, writers around the world challenge themselves to write a novel in 30 days. Joining forces via the Internet, over 200,000 participated last year. More than 30,000 crossed the finish line, generating 50K words on a first draft.

Participants can join others in their region for group writing time, bitch sessions, or pep talks, whatever they need at the time. Writing is solitary. NaNoWriMo is community.

What do you end with? Fame? Glory? A book contract? No... not so much. But you do finish. And sometimes, isn't that all you need? To finish something you started? To reach a goal. To stretch yourself.
Thirty days will pass whether you take the challenge or not.

I decided to participate this year, not because I haven't written 50K (I have). Not because I will end with a polished product (I won't). But because I want to be a part of something that celebrates letting other things in life take a back seat. Putting writing first. Something many of us need to be reminded of from time to time. I love deadlines. I love word counts. I love benchmarks. NaNoWriMo offers all three.

Check in throughout the month for progress reports.