So if you have been following my blog, you noticed that yesterday I did not post an update for Day 3 of NaNoWriMo. It’s not because of what you think. I have been writing. Yesterday, I surpassed 5k and today 10k. I just had a late night at work and was not able to post an update. So I decided to combine Days 3 and 4 into one post.
Here are my stats:
Word Count Goal: 6,668
Total Words Written: 12,861
That’s right! I cracked 12K words! This calls for a dance break.
This whole NaNoWriMo experience has been wonderful so far. It has given me the motivation I need to finish my novel. The best part part of NaNoWriMo is that I am falling back in love with my story. I have been working on my novel for about a year and a half. Before that, it was a short story. So I’ve spent a lot of time with the characters and the plot. After a while, things can get stale but NaNoWriMo has really breathed life back into my novel. I am excited to wake up every morning and write! It doesn’t feel like a struggle to me. I’m an explorer, discovering new hidden gems with every twist and turn.
For today’s post, I want to talk about rewarding yourself. Everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo is striving for the ultimate goal of writing 50k words of a novel by the end of November. However, it is important to have goals to motivate you along the way. Because I cracked the 10k benchmark today, I decided to buy myself this wonderful literary treat:
Yes! I finally got Career of Evil, the third Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith (who is really J.K Rowling). I have enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm and cannot wait to dive into this installment. However, it is unlikely that I will have much time to read this month due to my writing. And that’s okay. Writing is a wonderful excuse not to read. (Though seriously, you should still find time to read).
The next milestone badge on the NaNoWriMo website is 25k. This is the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. When I cross this threshold, I plan on rewarding myself with something from the NaNoWriMo merch store. Perhaps a mug, or tumbler.
Anyway, my point is, you have to celebrate your achievements. Take a few hours off to do something for yourself. Watch TV. Go shopping. Do something to keep yourself motivated. But write those words first. You can’t reward yourself if you don’t accomplish your goals.
I have decided to set daily word goals for myself. I know NaNoWriMo wants us to write 1,667 words a day. However, I am more concerned with my overall word count. Tomorrow, I am striving to have a total of 14k words written. That’s definitely doable. By Sunday, I would like to have over 20k. I meant it when I said I want to finish the final draft of my novel this month. It is going to happen.
Until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!