Well, it is now Sunday 15 November and two weeks since I started my NaNoWriMo journey. There’s good news and bad news.
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Whenever I am asked which I want to hear first I always choose bad news first so that the good news is what I hear last.
The bad news for my personal NaNoWriMo tally is that I have written a total of 16,061 words thus far. I am averaging 1,070 words per day, which is 600 under what I should be writing to reach the 50,000 words goal. At this rate I won’t finish until 17 December 2015. If that were to happen it certainly would not be the end of the world, but I would much rather make the 30 November deadline. To finish on time I need to bump up my word count to 2,122 words per day. The good news, however, is that I am STILL HERE. Still trying. And I have written 16,000 words! This is more than I have done on this project in the past six months.
So, still striving and aiming to write even more words in Week 3. I won’t lie and say it is going to be easy, or that I have some magic momentum consuming me. What I do have is a desire to do the best I can.
As part of the NaNoWriMo experience you get “Pep Talks” in messages from other writers on the site. For the halfway point, one of the pep talks had the following quote:
“Here’s what I want you to know: The kindest thing you can do for yourself right now is to let go of this fear. Don’t worry about writing something bad. Just write.”
— Stephanie Perkins.
So, for me, it will be one foot in front of the other (or one keystroke at a time) to continue the climb. I am not worried about writing something bad. I just plan to keep writing.
For me, it isn’t the destination, but the journey that counts.