One thing I learned this week is the power of writing a little bit every day. The couple days that I didn't write this week really set me back. In the end, I had to write about 4,000 words a day over the span of three days to catch up. If I had just written a little bit on the days I lacked motivation, I would have been in a lot better shape by the end of the week. I probably would not have needed to do 3-4 writing sprints a day just to get my word count up.
So, despite failing the challenge to write every day, I am going to challenge myself to do this again. Especially since I want to reach 40,000 words by Friday. To achieve this goal, I will need to write about 2,000 words per day. I think I can do this. I hope I can do it. Even if I write between 500-1,000 it will benefit me more than not writing at all.
My other goal was to reach a word count of 25,000 words (the halfway mark). This goal means that I had to write about 13,000 words this week. With the three days that I took off, I was beginning to fear that I might not make the goal. So I started to plan some writing sprints into my days to force myself to get the word count in. In the end, I was able to reach my goal and happened to finish at exactly 25,000 when my last sentence was finished.
Although I am still a bit behind the average word count that I should be at right now, I am proud of myself for writing as much as I have. This is the most I have ever written towards a novel so I know I am going to feel like a winner if I win NaNo or not. No matter what I know that I am going to be doing NaNo from now on.
Starting Word Count: 12,051
Ending Word Count: 25,000
Day 11-13: Zero words written on these days. I had an out of friend town come visit for a couple days and then lost motivation to get back writing on Monday.
Day 14: Today I wrote 630 words. I am trying to regain motivation and momentum. I figure that it's better to write a little bit than to not write at all. I was able to find the momentum to get some words onto the paper. I mostly worked on transitioning the character from being a lone wolf to having a companion.
Day 15: The writing that I did yesterday brought me to an interesting place to start writing today. I feel newly motivated to do my writing today as I can finally envision the current scene in my mind. This motivation has made me decide to challenge myself to do four writing sprints throughout the day:
Day 16: Today I was able to write 4,272 words, putting my total word count at 21,000. To do this, I am challenged myself to write this amount of words in three word sprints:
Day 17: Today is the last day I have to reach my self-directed goal for this week of writing 25,000 words. In order to reach my goal, I had to write 3,995 words which I matched exactly.
And I made it! After losing several days of lost motivation and writing like crazy the past few days, I can finally say that I reached the halfway point!.
Next Week's Goals: