Writing Progress: Week Ending September 29, 2012
This week looks an awful lot like the last two weeks…
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
- First Draft Wordcount: 0 words
Grand Total: 0 words
Even without the significant family engagement that kept me busy during the two weeks prior, last week was still a no-show on the writing front. What free time there was to be had I spent with Dear Wife, mostly working pretty hard on some of those long-overdue Home Projects. We’ve got a list of several more things that need to be addressed in the next few weeks. I expect to be substantially busy with much of that this week and next as well. I still hope to get some writing time in, though.
So, looking forward, then, I’ve been thinking about the impending arrival of that perennial month of writing madness called NaNoWriMo in November. If I’m realistic with myself – and I often am – there’s no way on God’s good green Earth that I’m going to be able to output some 50,000 words of novel this November – even if I cheat and use my current novel project as a “NaNo”. The most I’ve written in any given month this year has been about 9,000 words. In the last two months I’ve average about 2,000 words for the whole month! Even if I am somehow able to crack down in November and really give it my best efforts, I don’t see it being reasonable to expect that I do anything better than 10-12,000 words in November (and that’s stretching things a bit, IMO).
Yet still, I feel inclined to mark the month in some way. 50,000 words may be a wholly unattainable pipe-dream. 25,000-words (a NaHaNoWriMo, if you will) still seems beyond unlikely. Can I do 10,000 words? (A NaIncMyWoCoWriMo – National Increase My Word Count Writing Month… but now we’re just getting silly.) I don’t know, but I can stretch for it.
But there’s my plan. In October, I’m going to switch gears, a little: I’m going to focus on a short story for a little while. Hopefully that’ll give me some writing progress to talk about (and feel good about), provided I actually find time to write in October. Then in November, assuming my October Short is done, I’ll switch gears back to Book of M to see if I can stretch for 10,000 words for the month.
So, what about you? How was your writing week? Are you looking forward to NaNoWriMo? Will you be participating this year?