I hit 27k on Nov 16th, and was ahead of schedule. Since that time I have written nothing else. This has been due to work, work-related parties and life in general taking over. HOW RUDE.
This may be the first year since 2009 that I don’t complete 50k by the end of the month. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Firstly, I tell myself, ‘Meh, it was just a personal goal afterall.’ And then I tell myself to shut up. Personal goals are just as important as any other.
Besides the work and life commitments getting in the way, the other reason it’s been hard to sit down to write is that I’ve come to the end of my narrative. I wrote myself an ideas chart at the very beginning of this venture, and apart from the narrative there are several points I haven’t yet included, but those are non-narrative and generally a bit random. They just don’t seem to flow. But I’ll probably write them anyway.
Even including those points, however, I’m not at all convinced I can nearly double what I’ve written by the end of the month and hit that 50k goal. Maybe I’ll have to start writing something completely else and add up word counts just to say I wrote 50k in total? Is that cheating? Can you cheat in NaNoWriMo?? Well, you probably can by stealing someone else’s 50k+ work and calling it your own, but what’s the point in that I ask you? Fools.
Well I shall persevere, but I just might not make 50k. I suppose I can live with that, providing I end the month with a completed first draft. That shall be my personal NaNoWriMo goal, regardless of its wordcount. I’ve only ever used NaNoWriMo as a tool to facilitate daily writing, and in that respect I’ve been doing alright … apart from the last week! So I’ll just have to ignore the competitive side of me which seethes when I see other people with enormous wordcounts (say what? you’re doing THREE 50k novels in November???? BASTARDS!!!) and just focus on what I’m doing.
It’s tough, people.