NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3

22/11/2014 Writing 6

National Novel Writing MonthSo, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher!

I’ve had kind of a busy week this week, and finding the time has been hard, hence why I have been getting behind. Whilst in my last update I was on track, last Saturday was where the problems started, as I only wrote a few hundred words that day. When I failed to reach the daily target of 1,666 words again the following day, I slipped further behind, and this continued until I was just shy of 4,000 words behind by Tuesday. Over the rest of the week I’ve been managing to surpass the daily target, and have managed to claw my way back, but I still have some catching up to do! 

It doesn’t help that I have yet again been finding the plot difficult, as although I made a plan of the basic events of the story last week, trying to fill it in and get from one bullet-point to the next is proving hard. I think there are a fair few plot holes going to crop up in the editing stage, and I began to realise that a lot of smaller plots I set up at the beginning have been completely forgotten by this stage, and will have to be woven back in at some point.

Only 9 days left to go, so here’s hoping I can get back on track, and complete my first NaNoWriMo! I feel like, at this stage, even if I don’t ‘win’ it will still be quite an achievement. Even if I didn’t write another word for the rest of November (don’t worry, I’m not going to do that!), 33,088 words in a month would still be far more than I have ever written before!

So how has everyone else’s week been?

6 Responses to “NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 3”

  1. Sarah LeBlanc

    I REALLY want to do this next year. Did you do any planning before hand of what you wanted to write about?

    It sounds so exciting, seeing everyone post about it on Twitter and Facebook!

    • Laura

      I hadn’t done much planning really. I only decided to sign up a couple of days before it started, but luckily I had had an idea for a novel in my head for a little while anyway, so I just used that. I think if I do it again next year, I will try and do more planning beforehand though, because I think part of the reason I’m struggling is because I’m just making it up as I go along. I finally did a brief plan last week, but it hasn’t really helped much!
      I do like the whole community aspect of it on Twitter and Facebook though, and it’s definitely a pretty exciting thing to be a part of!

  2. Gemma

    33,000 words is very impressive! Hope you can get back on track but, like you said, even if you don’t write anymore, it’s a great achievement 🙂

    • Laura

      Thanks! 33,000 words is still more than I’ve ever written in such a short time before, so whatever happens, there’s still that!

  3. Caroline

    33,000 words is a phenomenal achievement. One of things I’ve discovered doing Nano is that while it’s easy enough to write 1667 words on any one day, it’s almost impossible to consistently write that amount every single day.

    Some days are busier than others. Some days I think I might crack if I don’t take a night off. There’s no shame in this though because it is hard to write this much in captured moments of free time.

    So I think we can all pat ourselves on the back 🙂

    • Laura

      I definitely agree that it’s impossible to consistently write 1667 words a day! I usually do my writing in the evening, but a lot of the time I just come home from work and really can’t be bothered, or I have busy days when I just haven’t had time. Personally I think just writing that much every other day, or a couple of times a week would still be pretty productive, so we should definitely all pat ourselves on the back for what we have achieved so far!

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