Saturday, November 26, 2011
The home stretch stress
Five days left of November and I've written 32,783 words since the beginning of the month. I should have ten thousand more than that but I got derailed this past week with the holiday and family responsibilities after I had gotten caught up from my first sidebar into the weeds. I've got characters who have taken me places I hadn't thought of, characters who I've had to re-invent to work better with the world and story I'm building as things develop. Despite all of that, I'm pushing hard for the end. I have five days left and at this rate I have to write more than three thousand words every day in order to win NaNoWriMo. I haven't given up yet - I wrote two thousand words between the end of a family party last night and going to bed this morning after two AM. And I still have two more days of a long weekend to do some major catch up. I'm not going to lie, I get anxious about my chances of winning when I look at the daily numbers. But I'm still on track and still have the basic idea of how things are going thanks to my fabulous plot structure and I've still got great momentum. I have not yet resorted to word-padding shenanigans (which I have done in years past). As long as I can find the energy and drink enough coffee to stay awake long enough every night to hit that target word count I'll be golden. Ready or not, here comes one of the craziest week of my life!