Nanowrimo: Week Two Update

Nanowrimo Week Two Update

Today is day fourteen of Nanowrimo, and I’m pleased to say that I have not yet given up, despite how much I have sometimes wanted to.

My current word count stands at 26,048 words, and keeping up with my trend of 2,000 per day, I should be at 28,000 by tonight. The goal for today is 23,333 so I am still well ahead of schedule and I’m very happy with my progress.

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For one thing, I reached the halfway point yesterday, so my outlook on the rest of the month has changed a little. It’s nice to see that I have fewer words remaining than I have written, and I’m quickly approaching those 50,000 words! (At this rate, I should be finished on November 25th). On top of that, I beat my own personal best for word count, which was 23,000 in my previous attempt. This week has been stressful, but I’m satisfied that I have been able to stick to my goals and keep working toward the end.

The second week was a little bit better than the first; I wouldn’t describe it as painful like I did in my previous update, but that’s not to say it didn’t come with its own obstacles. On two separate occasions, I found myself not having the opportunity to write until my later at night (and I am a morning person for a very good reason), and both of those times I wanted to skip writing for the day and go to sleep, but I forced myself to stay focused and get those words onto the page first.

While some may argue that it’s okay to take a day off, and that it may not be the best thing for the quality of my writing to write when I’m so tired, I find that I work best when sticking to a continuous goal. For me, that one day off is an excuse to take the next day off, and the next and the next, until my story is abandoned for good, and I don’t want to see that happen. Two thousand words a day has proven to not be as big of a time commitment as I had anticipated, so I’m going to stick to that goal until at least the 25th.

Overall, I am still feeling confident and motivated to finish out the month, and I’m happy I didn’t quit on one of the many occasions I was tempted to. It’s not easy, but I really think it will be worth it to me when I have a rough draft to build on at the end of the month and hopefully form into a real novel. I haven’t lost interest in my story yet, so I’m hoping everything stays on track from here!

Also, thank you to everyone who has left me encouraging comments in these past two weeks, it really helps to keep me accountable when I know there are people who believe I can do this. Thank you so much for the support!

Now time to write my 2,000 words for today…I hope everyone participating is having a great Nanowrimo, whether you’re on track for 50,000 or not. As long as you’re enjoying yourself and working toward your goal, it will be a successful month.

Happy writing!


35 thoughts on “Nanowrimo: Week Two Update

  1. cagedunn November 14, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Well done! I have found (this time) that two smaller sessions produces better results – I would never have tried it if not for NaNo.

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  2. Robert C Hartwell November 14, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I’m slightly behind your word count but I’m writing between 1000-5000 words a day depending on my free time. I’m confident I’ll make the word count; not so confident the book will be done in that few words.

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    • Bailey November 14, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      5000 words is crazy! I don’t think I could do that much in a day, I’m glad you’re on track to finish! Good luck with the rest of the month!


  3. Literary Lattes November 14, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Well done! Glad NaNo is going well for you 🙂

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  4. S. Leigh White November 14, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Some days, I’ve barely been able to chug out 500 words, but I’ve made sure that I wrote SOMETHING because I agree with you: taking one day off just gives you the excuse to take more days off.

    Congrats on beating your personal best! ❤️

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    • Bailey November 14, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      As long as you’re writing something you’re closer to your goal than you were before you started! Thank you so much and good luck with the rest of your story! 🙂

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  5. Jaz Damen November 15, 2017 / 12:14 am

    I’m a bit behind at the moment but am pulling it back 💪🏻 well done on being so far ahead! We got this!

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    • Bailey November 15, 2017 / 12:16 am

      Thank you for the support! Keep up the positive attitude and good luck catching up on your word count!

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  6. mortemauctoris November 15, 2017 / 6:22 am

    I agree with you on the sticking to your daily goal. I find that if I take one day off I’ll take another day off and etc. Last Sunday I only wrote like 100 or something words and while it’s not the average, it definitely is better than writing 0 words and beating myself up about it.

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    • Bailey November 15, 2017 / 11:47 am

      It’s always better to write something, even if it’s not as much as you planned! Good luck!

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  7. Louise@DragonspireUK November 15, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Congrats on beating your personal best 🙂
    I write better in the mornings too. If I have to write at night I do it on paper because I keep on track better.
    I took Monday off and didn’t write that day. It wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be, but getting back to it on Tuesday was hard and I still want to make up those words!
    Good luck for this week 🙂

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    • Bailey November 15, 2017 / 11:48 am

      Thank you so much and good luck catching up on your words! You can do it!

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  8. sunshinelifeat55 November 15, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Well done, Bailey. I find 300 still a challenge so 2,000 each day is exceptional. I look forward to reading the finished draft and I’m sure, by then, the efforts made during this special month will feel extremely worthwhile! Keep going, girl!!

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    • Bailey November 15, 2017 / 11:50 am

      I always think about the final draft to keep me going as well! I know it will all be worth it when I have a novel that I can call my own. Thank you so much and good luck!


  9. healed1337 November 15, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Beating your personal best, and half way into the month, is a great sign. Hopefully you can keep up the pace.

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    • Bailey November 15, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement!


  10. Brenda Davis Harsham November 16, 2017 / 2:52 am

    Wow, congrats. I am aiming at 30,000 words, and I’m ahead. Around 20K. I’m writing a MG, and they top out at 55K. So I’m able to edit as I go, refine the plot and do course corrections where needed. I’m loving it. Such fun to flesh out a whole new ms.

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    • Bailey November 16, 2017 / 11:43 am

      That’s great that you’re ahead! Keep it up and good luck on the rest of the month!

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  11. Madelyn November 17, 2017 / 2:36 am

    Oh wow! You’re doing great with your word count! I’m a mess. I only have 22,657 at the moment and I had to skip a few days cause of work or I was too tired, haha. Keep going!

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    • Bailey November 18, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Thank you so much! Good luck on the rest of the month!

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  12. rmcalzada November 17, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I’m happy to hear that your second week felt a bit more productive than your first one! I’m currently at 28,972 words, and I’ve been averaging about 1,800 words per day. Best of luck to you for the second half of NaNoWriMo! We can do this.

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    • Bailey November 18, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Keep it up! Thank you and good luck!


  13. peterjfoote November 21, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Great job, and now we’re into the home stretch!

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