Well, I am wrapping up writing Day 3, and I’m feeling great! Today was the first day of NaNoWriMo 2014 in which I had work. Luckily, I was able to hit about 700 words on my lunch break, and I completed the rest of my 1,667 (and then some) in the evening. While I don’t think I could, or would want to, sustain this pace every single day with my day job, it has shown me two things. A) I will be fine for the month of November and B) I could easily write 500-1,000 words a day on work days and still maintain a respectable social life.
Today’s Word Count: 2,458
Total Word Count: 8,925
Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours
Feeling: Absolutely pumped!
Motivation: Proving to myself that I can be superwoman (ie: keep up my writing while working a full time job and being married)
Inspiration: Joanna Penn’s book Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, which is rapidly convincing me that I can make being an author entrepreneur my full-time career in a few short years. Daniel and I are nearing the end of it, and I will post a detailed review when we finish.
Biggest Triumph: We (I suppose by “we” I mean myself and my protagonist?) got to meet the (unbeknownst to her) villain today. I adore him. He’s so deliciously wicked.
Biggest Setback: I hope this will not be my constant excuse, but it may be: work. While I did have time to write exactly the scenes I wanted to today, I could have gotten so much farther without my day job taking 10 hours of my day. And yes, that counts commuting time.
Helpful Insights: Don’t worry about other authors’ word counts. I’ve seen some people on social media worrying that they are “falling behind,” even though they are still on par with the recommended word count. Writers, chill out. Novel writing is not a multi-runner sprint. It is a single-runner marathon. There are a million outside circumstances that influence the amount of time, the speed, and the ability each one of us can devote to writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping up with the Joneses, so long as you are keeping pace with your personal goals.