November 9th, 2010

Cartoon II

12.5/50 for NaNoWriMo.

    Two days of too much sleeping and too much partying on the 6th and 7th led to absolutely no writing. I was going to catch up yesterday, but then I ended up getting free tickets to a Metric and OK Go concert. That's a different topic however.

    On the 5th, I had written some, but I was 300 words behind. Yesterday, I would have only had to write 5k words to catch up, but delaying that to today left me nearly 7k words behind schedule. Today, I said, I can catch up, and I'm on a pretty good roll so far. I wrote about some action and some sex and I flew through 4.5k words in 4 hours, basically hitting and surpassing my goal of 1k words/hour. I'm taking a break at the moment, but ideally, I'll write another 2.5k words tonight, putting me at the 15k words I should be at for the 9th.

    I'm hearing about other participants that are already at 40k words or somewhere similar. In terms of balancing time, I can only respect that because no matter how fast you type or think up a story, 40k words is a lot of your spare time over 8 days.

    Looking at my records of writing time, I'm sitting around an average of 800 words/hour in front of a text editor, which means even though I don't have complete records, I've probably spent 15 hours writing over nine days. Given my other commitments at the moment (or lack thereof), it would seem as though if I'm serious about NaNoWriMo, then I am very poorly managing my time.

    The truth is, however, that I know I have more than enough time to write 50k words this month, and while doing simply that would still be a great exercise in discipline, I have decided to spend the extra time available to me trying to make my novel as good as my skill and talent will allow. Instead of hitting 50k in two weeks, I'm going to hit 50k in four weeks and spend the extra time planning my story and rounding out my characters.
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