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November 6th, 2004
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It's one week into November ... do you know where your characters are?
I just updated my NaNoWriMo writing total. 11,063 words -- which (I got bored and checked) makes me about #1,204 of over 16,000 writers on the site who have bothered to update their totals.

A few nonproductive days so far, but there's a weekend coming up. Which brings me to my point. I'm just about exactly on track for a slow but steady finish of a constant ~1,700 words per day. If you're participating in NaNoWriMo and are lagging behind my total -- what are you doing reading Livejournal? Go out there and create! ];=8)

But note: Don't feel guilted into it, please. You've still got plenty of time to lose a few days here or there (in fact, I've gotten this far while SPECIFICALLY setting aside Thursdays as down days, and working full-time to boot). It's just that that low-hanging fruit of a finished novel will be a lot closer at the end of the month if you put in the work early, while you still have that breathing room, than if you wait till later. I'm not lecturing you, I'm asking you to be pragmatic and kick yourself into action now for a nice little payoff just down the line.

Believe me, I know from procrastination. But there's something special about 50,000 words in 30 days. It's worth reclaiming the high ground for.

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Date:November 6th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm at 13,236 words and have been consistently doing at least 2500 words a day.. I've done that for the past two years, too. It's really saved my tail because I'm ALWAYS doing something else during Thanksgiving week that really sucks up my time.. the first year I was spending all my time with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time, the second year I went to Reno for the week, and this year my family is going to North Carolina.

The first couple of weeks I do my 2500 words right on spot.. then I start having nonproductive days... then Thanksgiving week hits.. I did better the first year than last year, cuz last year I was caught a day or two from the finish line with around 6000 words left to go. I sure had to cram on that one 9_9;;

I'm not sure what I'm going to do this year.. if I'm going to take any days off or what I'm going to do while in North Carolina (I took my laptop to Reno last year).. but I guess we shall seeeeee >:}

Good luck writing!!!
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Date:November 6th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
I just hit 4000, and will probably get maybe 2000 more today. But I've been having problems sleeping, which has been cutting into whatever time I may have had to write. :P Either way, I'm not worried about it. If I don't finish this by the end of November, I'm just going to keep writing. This story has been wanting to be told for - damn, almost two decades of my life; it's not going away anytime soon. ;)
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