Week two is over, and we are halfway through. I would like to say I am halfway through my word count as well, but, well, I’m not. Sigh.
1. This is harder than I thought.
I knew this was not going to be easy. To write 50,000 words in 30 days requires an average of 1667, which is higher than my current average. This is the kind of daily word count that I knew would require focus and no days off. The no days off is a real killer as I usually don’t write much on the weekends. This is a combination of family time, errands, and homework time. I always get the required number of words on the weekend, it’s just not usually within the confines of my novel and unfortunately homework and blog post words do not count.
2. My writing schedule needs work.
Writing from home, much like working from home, requires discipline. You have to be able to block everything out and just do what needs to be done. I feel like this would be much easier if I had someone here to cook, clean, move laundry, grocery shop, go to the gym, organize, stress out, and worry for me. Since that does not work, I need to find a better balance of work/school/family/home. Everything seems to want every minute and it gets to be a lot. I guess I am just not great at multi-tasking.
3. I am trying to take part in social media.
I like these big global events, and I am trying to actually be a part of the bigger conversation. I’ve tweeted a few times about my NaNoWriMo experience, and I am trying to occasionally respond or show support of others. It is difficult because there feels like an obligation of reciprocity; if someone comments or favorites or anything I put out there, I feel like I must find others to support too. It is wonderful to be supported and support others, but it is another drain on my time.
On a strange note, it also brought me slightly to the attention of an actual corporation, but I’m not sure how. I ran out of red vines, (a tragedy I know) and tweeted a comment that I did not have enough red vines for this. Someone commented, I commented back. Whatever. A couple hours later red vines retweeted my comment. I felt like I had been tracked down by the man. I didn’t tag red vines, or hashtag them, they just found me. Don’t ever doubt Big Brother people.
4. I am not sure I am going to make it.
When you start to fall behind, it is really hard to catch up. The first two days of this combined I managed to get one days worth of writing in, meaning I started out about 1600 words behind the goal. In order to catch up, I now have to write even more every day. I’m writing faster and occasionally better than I have been in the past, but I am still not hitting word counts as high as I should be. To catch up, I need to have at least a week of 2,000 words a day, a goal that has so far eluded me. I have come close, getting as close as 1,939 before burning out for the day, but I can’t seem to break it. Not only have I not broke that word count, I have had hard days where get no where near as much as I should. Usually these days are busy, but illness has also been a factor (thank you migraine for the 338 word day).
I know that technically the word count is subjective. My book should be exactly as long as it takes to tell a story, and any longer or shorter is taking away from the power of the story. I could still make it, as I am around the halfway mark in my story outline, even if I am not at the halfway mark in my word count. Additionally, editing usually cuts words. If I am below my word count right now, maybe I am leaving out things I would be cutting later. The integrity of the story should come first, not the number of words.
I still wish I was on goal as far a numbers.
5. My family is very supportive.
I have stressed out, complained, posted my numbers on a white board by my desk, written a lot, refused to talk about my story, and felt as though I was close to a mental breakdown while trying to keep up with everything. No one has done more than tell me I am doing great and should keep going. This either means they are very supportive, or I am normally so crazy they haven’t even registered a change. Either way, it is nice to hear kind words of encouragement, reminding me I am doing great, anything I get written this month is impressive, and that it is okay if I don’t make it.