Oh, oh my. The tips of my fingers hurt. I was at 23,000 words for NaNoWriMo yesterday, when I needed to be at 30,000 words by the end of yesterday. After a whirlwind writing session, I was able to hash out 7000 words. I’m finally all caught up (except for today, in which case I need to be at 31,776 by the end of today). Wednesday night, I was talking with Fredd on iChat about just giving up. This 50,000 words in 30 days stuff is tough business; you don’t really want to get behind more than a day at the most, and if you have a daily goal of 1776 words, you will slowly but surely cross the finish line with no problems on the 30th. Having missed out on about 4 days close together, I thought maybe that 23,000 words were better than no words at all.
Thankfully, NaNoWriMo has a great forum online; there is a thread about how to come back from behind on your word count if you were thinking of quitting. Most of the people in that conversation were in the 5000 to 15,000 word range. With my count sitting respectably at 23k, I thought all I needed was one big push, and I could do it. Depression turned to elation late after midnight last night. Quincy and the Chief were not happy about me coming to bed so late, but they understood.
I’m back in the game.
Here are some things I’ve learned for a big push of writing:
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