How’s Your NANO Novel Going?
Are you one of those who have accepted this year’s NANO challenge to complete a novel in 30 days? If so, with week #2 well underway, how’s your NANO novel going so far?
Obviously, to try and accomplish writing a 50,000 word (or more) book by the end of the month, you will have to pace yourself. If at all possible, you should be on some type of regular writing schedule that allows you to average no less than 1,000 words a day. I know that only amounts to 30,000 words in a a 30 day period, but in my experience, the closer you get to the end of the month, the more you begin to pick up speed. Your pace will suddenly quicken and before you know it, instead of trying to meet the writing minimum of 50,000 words, you’ll be trying to determine should you cut your 75,000-word novel down some!
So far, “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” is coming along pretty good. So far, I’m on a steady pace of about 1100 typed words a day. My total typed word count is over 13,500 right now. But if I count the pages of text and dialogue that I have scribbled on a gazillion notes, I have about another 1000 words written. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I’ll be able to reach my goal of more than 1500 words a day. If not, I’ll just continue at this pace, as long as I don’t produce less than I’m writing now.
Once again, one of the best pieces of advice I can give my fellow authors is to stay focused. As a second time NANO participant, I can’t emphasize how important this is. Don’t allow your mind to stray and get bogged down with what someone else is doing or what they have already accomplished. You just make sure YOU stay the course. The main thing is to keep going, and you will definitely finish, if not by the end of November, than definitely by the end of December.
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