I have had a hectic week, filled with work and writing time has been a scarce treasure. As I approach the weekend, I am hoping I will be able to put some time aside to catch up with the Camping (writing). I managed 2400 in one day and was very proud but there wasn’t many words logged the day before.
Here are the latest STATS:
Average Words Per Day 1,667
Your Average Per Day 1,299
Words Written Today 2,400
Target Word Count 50,000
Total Words Written 24,684
Words Remaining 25,316
Current Day 19
Days Remaining 12
At This Rate You Will Finish On May 9, 2013
Words Per Day To Finish On Time 2,110
Here I am keyboard on lap and here are my motivational tips, which will be a great read for all of you are falling behind schedule or needing a team of cheerleaders to get you through.
1) Close your eyes, relax and think back to why you signed up to NaNo Camp in the first place.
(Are you smiling yet?)
2) Do you remember the exciting butterflies inside on the 31st of March?
3) Relight that yearning to succeed, remember what it felt like at the bottom of the mountain, base camp.
4) Hold onto that feeling and project it onto the last 11 days of camp.
If, like me, you are approaching half way and freaking out that we are 2/3rds through…. try to forget the maths.
Concentrate on words, most writers are more comfortable with them anyway!
5) Look not to the future (words remaining) with worry, instead take a glance back down the mountain and see how far you have come.
6) Convert that pride into this thought – without camp NaNoWriMo you probably wouldn’t have written anywhere this number of words.
If I was lucky I would have written 3000- 4000 words so far this month and here I am dancing on 24,684!
7) Just keep going.
8) There is no secret ‘winning formula’, if you are behind, forgive yourself and then move on. You can find time to create more words.
9) Take some time to think about your story. We are writing cold and that is hard even for the most professional amongst us.
10) Attempt some sort of order. I know NaNo is about writing and the ethos is not to edit down but to continue to write up.
However, I have read countless posts about how people are still working on editing NaNaWriMo manuscripts from last year.
I have started my NaNo work in separate folders and have tried to write it with notes to help me edit afterwards.
I was trying to write it in order, that proved too tricky when I got stuck at around 16000 words.