A Thousand Years – NaNoWriMo Update

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It has been a little over a week since I started writing furiously on my new novel. Here’s my A Thousand YearsNaNoWriMo update: I’ve written 18,154 words so far. I’m so proud of myself. Why even deny it? I’m excited.

I am working really hard at not doing things I normally do when it comes to writing. The biggest thing that slows me down is that I can’t resist the urge to edit as I go. I will often go back and read my fiction to remember what I’ve written. That inevitably leads to me editing, as I pick at the first draft. Nearly every writer I have ever read says this isn’t such a great idea. And yet I’ve always done it. Doh!

I haven’t done much reading this time. When I did read a couple of days back, I definitely saw the issues. But I let it go. I’m focusing on getting the skeleton of this novel down and reaching at least 50,000 words this month.

With the election this week and watching non-stop news, I fell behind on the momentum I gained early. Mostly because my anxiety over the results kept me . . . uninspired. That said, I did write here or there – just not as much. I’m still doing pretty good though. The NaNoWriMo counter consistently shows I need to write less than my own personal word count goal (which I love).

I hit my word count goal a little before 4:00 PM today and decided to take a break, to work on getting ready for my work week and decorating more of my apartment for Christmas. But a true sign that the words and inspiration are flowing, is the fact that I’m bummed I had to stop (when I reached my word count goal for the day). This is a great feeling. I’m sure my fellow writers understand.

Are you writing? Are you hitting your word count goal? What’s keeping you going these days?

Chasing Goals

I started writing my new novel on October 31st – writing over my daily goal. Yesterday, I wrote until I had surpassed my writing goal by a bit – for a total of 5,952 words so far.

I will be posting my daily word count on my NaNoWriMo profile (https://nanowrimo.org/participants/elainamarie). I won’t update here until I hit major goals. But I wanted to share if you’re still trying to decide whether to start . . .

This is your sign – start writing. I’m chasing goals. And on this chilly Monday, I wanted to encourage you to chase some of your own – especially if you’re a writer.

NaNOWriMo

Tomorrow kicks off National Novel Writing Month! Did you know there was such a thing? Well . . . there is. And for the last 11 years I’ve started and never finished. This is a thing I do. Start. Not finish. 👎🏼

So, if you read here you know that since about August I’ve been posting flash fiction & a prologue that’s part of a new novel I’m working on. It’s actually a series. In the month of November, I’m sure there will be a million distractions – thanks to the job that pays the bills – but I’m going to write every dang day. I may not hit my word count goal by November 30th, but I’m sure going to try.

If you’re a fellow writer, are you doing NaNOWriMo this year? And if so, find me there and add me as a buddy. I could use a kick in the pants when I slow down and would love to be spurred on by others working toward the same goal.

You can find me, here: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/elainamarie.

Good luck to my fellow writers!