Day 6 of NaNoWriMo has come to a close for me and I'm at 20,880 words. Woo! According to the website, at this rate I'll finish Nov 15! Awesome...because if I can hold the pace after that, I might be able to knock out the whole draft by the end of Nov. I almost always shot for a 100k first draft.
Here are the things that are making this work for me:
- I've accepted that I will have a shit ton of edits to do when this month is over. This helps me write without worrying about that perfect sentence or word choice right now.
- I did a really comprehensive outline before I started. For the most part, I'm following it fairly well.
- BUT when the scene or characters want to run a little off my intended track, I let it happen. I've come up with some cool ideas this way and it all really boils down to my first bullet - if it doesn't end up working, I can just cut it or rewrite in draft 2.
- I'm a competitive person and having friends doing NaNoWriMo with me helps me stay motivated. I love seeing awesome word counts from my buddies! It's inspiring! And it makes me want to put up the highest numbers I can.
How's everyone else do this NaNoWriMo? :)