Halfway Through NaNo20: Checking In

As of yesterday, the 15th, I have written 39,726 words on my new novel project, #rockstarnovel two: electric bugaloo. (Ignore that last dot showing no progress, that’s today, and I haven’t started yet!)

This is the farthest ahead I have ever been. I usually “win” around Thanksgiving Day, though some years it’s been as early as the 23rd. Right now, I’m projected to finish my 50K on the 20th.

Why is this happening? Of the fifteen days so far:

  • Six days, I’ve written more than 3,000 words
  • Six days, I’ve written between 2,000 – 3,000 words
  • Two days, I’ve written between 1,000 – 2,000 words
  • Only one day, I’ve written less than 1,000 words

My daily average? 2,648. I’ve never been this productive for this long before!

In terms of the story, I feel like I’m about 40% through, right on track. I’m only planning ahead a few chapters at a time, based on what I’ve already written (the “headlight” method of planning) and in a day or two I’ll hit the scene I have planned as the midpoint climax. My first drafts usually run around 100K (though Fifty-Five Days was more like 115!) and get bigger in the second draft when I fix story issues, then much smaller again when I start editing rather than rewriting.

I often finish the month with around 60K written in total–I think my record is around 65K–but I’m on track now to end up with as much as 80K, though I’m honestly not sure I can keep that momentum going for another fifteen days. I had my first “bad” day yesterday, it was going to happen eventually, and with lockdown Thanksgiving coming up, we won’t be spending it with my family as usual, but we are having our own feast, and I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner myself before! So who knows what I’ll get written that day?

I intend to write as much as possible today while still getting my chores done–several years ago, for fun, I put together a writing crawl to help you keep your house clean during NaNo. In fact, as soon as I finish this post, I’ve got to put in a load of laundry!

So, to my fellow Wrimos, I wish you good luck and fast typing speeds, I hope everything is going as well for you as it is for me!

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