Almost the Ides of November

Yes, it’s November and that means it is National Novel Writing Month.  Writers of all kinds sit down and write.  At this point, everyone that is on track to “win” should be at 23338 words.  Tomorrow they will hit the 25,000 word mark.

According to the official NaNoWriMo web site the participants have written 1,040,165,647 words so far.  Just over 13,000 of those are mine.  Yes, I am behind in my word count.  Yes, I do have a holiday coming up.  And yes, I still plan on finishing before the month is over.  That doesn’t mean I don’t panic a little when I think of how many words I need to write each day for the rest of the month.  I do – I’m just not willing to give into it.

I’ve done a few things differently this year:

  • I usually don’t read anything while I am writing in November.
  • I usually start with knowing my main character and several secondary characters.
  • I usually have plot points that I can write around.  If I get bored with one I can move on to the next one.

Like every year I’ve attempted this, it’s been a learning experience.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go write. 🙂


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