NaNoWriMo 2008, Day #15

Word count: 38763 (+1938 from day 14).

And so we reach the half-way point of NaNoWriMo. I made it to 38763 words today (yesterday, technically, as I am posting this on Sunday morning). Progress was slower than I had hoped. I am really feeling the chore of writing now. Words flow less easily. I have to pay more attention to steering towards the conclusion, and this limits my freedom. Instead of “this would be a fun obstacle to write about”, I find myself compelled to make sure than anything I add will get my protagonists closer to their goal. It does not mean they are having a free ride, of course. In fact when I left them today, they were in a life-threatening situation.

Wordcount as of 2008-11-15

As you can see, I slowed down a lot the past two days. This is a direct result from the lessened enthusiasm and fun. I still made the minimum quota on both days, and with over two weeks remaining I am still confident that I will make the 50k goal.

These past two days have re-affirmed my respect for writers. I was never part of the crowd who thinks writer have an easy life, but to actually be forced to write something on schedule, whether you like to or not, is a new experience for me.

Now I will take a break and reward myself with breakfast, before I tackle today’s writing session. I ended on a cliffhanger, so hopefully I will have more fun writing the narrow escape than I did getting my characters into the situation in the first place.

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4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2008, Day #15


  1. you’re doing an awesome job with keeping active posts on this journey. yours is the only blog i’ve seen with cool graphs.

    keep up the good work!


  2. Thank you. I keep the “diary” because for me NaNoWriMo is an experiment. It is also a way to keep me on track, and a bit of accountability to myself. I really don’t want to post “today I failed”, after all. đŸ˜‰


  3. Well, at least you have the leeway to slack a bit. I’m only at 15k right now and so I have several 10k weekends coming up to make it. Uhg.


  4. Yes and no. Yes, I could skip a day. But if I skip one… there's the temptation to skip two. You see where this is going. Besides, one of the reasons why I am taking part in NaNoWriMo is that I wanted to find out whether I could write a certain minimum amount every day. So I really want to stick to that.

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