We are halfway through November, and that is not at all alarming (she says sarcastically.) Two weeks from Thanksgiving, and two weeks until the end of NaNoWriMo.
Quick recap if you’re new: my “stretch” goal for this year is to write 50,000 words across multiple projects. My realistic goal for this year is to write at least 5/7 days a week, and to improve on my weekly word count each week of NaNo.
I came out of last week with 3,815 words. So at minimum I wanted to write 3,816 words this week, bringing my total word count up to 7,631. So how did I do this week?
11/8 – I wrote 579 words, all in a blog post.
11/9 – I didn’t write this day (my best friend, who lives in Australia, spent the weekend with me.)
11/10 – I didn’t write this day (see above.)
11/11 – I wrote 1,222 words. Of those words, 1,141 were in a blog post, and 81 were in an existing nonfiction piece.
11/12 – I wrote 145 words in a blog post.
11/13 – I wrote 145 words in a blog post. Duplicating the previous day’s word count was completely a weird coincidence.
11/14 – I wrote 589 words in one blog post, 820 words in another blog post, and 354 words in an existing nonfiction piece, for a total of 1,763 words.
In total this week, I wrote 3,853 words. Of that week 2 total, 435 words were in a creative nonfiction piece, and 3,418 words were in blog posts.
I still can’t decide if having the majority of my words in blog posts feels like cheating or not. It’s still writing, it’s going toward reviving my blog. And the words certainly flow easier than creative work where I am much pickier but each word I put down. I think a new goal for week 3 will be to increase the percentage of my total words from creative work, thereby decreasing the percentage from blog posts.
As for my other goals, I was successful in terms of number of days where I wrote. I wrote on 5 out of the 7 days of week 2, so I’m happy with that. I feel like I’m getting that much closer to developing a daily (or near-daily) writing habit that I plan on carrying out past NaNo.
My last goal for week 2 was to write more words than I wrote in week 1. That meant I needed to write at least 3,816 words. I wrote a total of 3,853 words, which is only narrowly more than last week, but is still more, so I’ll take the win.
I definitely had days this week where I felt like I was failing at my goals. Days where I wrote less than 200 words, and I felt like that day shouldn’t have counted at all. But I’m learning to be more forgiving toward myself. My mindset in the past has always been that I need to come up with a solid plan, and then the first time that I don’t follow that plan perfectly, I throw the whole thing out and start over. In a lot of aspects of my life, I’m learning how to forgive myself on those days, and get back to the plan. Writing isn’t any different. I’m absolutely not going to come out of NaNo with 50,000 words. Hell at this point I’d be happy to come out with 15,000. But when was the last time I wrote 15,000 words in one month? (Sadly, that’s not common for me.)
I’m going to take the little victories where I can get them. That’s my existential, mental health goal for NaNo.
How did week 2 go for you? Do you feel like you’re still on track for your personal goals?