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NaNoWriMo Check-In #2

I can’t believe it’s already the second check-in, and that NaNo’s halfway over! But I made it past 25,000 words, so I’m confident I’m on track.

Initial Wordcount + ChapterCount: 15,075 and 4 1/2 chapters

Current WC + CC: 26,137 and 7 1/2 chapters

WIP Issues this week: I’m a little afraid of the size of this WIP. It’s a contemporary and I meant it to be between 50,000 and 60,000 words in the end. But I’ve gone past 25,000 words, and I don’t think I’m halfway. (Not according to my outline, anyway, but I have gone off the outline more than once before making my way back to it.) We’ll see. I just don’t think reaching 50,000 this month will mean I’ve finished the first draft! I hope it’s not too much longer than that, though.

And I didn’t realize I’d written a good chunk more the first week than I did the second. That’s a bummer. But I’m still on track, so it’s cool.

What I learned this week in writing: Working on the novel just a little bit each day really does add up! That seems obvious, but previously, I’ve done my best writing in massive spurts, and those other projects I worked on just a little bit a time never seemed to go anywhere. I think it helps to aim for 1000-1500 words a day because if I just aim for a couple hundred it takes way longer and I’m more easily discouraged at the overall pace.

What distracted me this week while writing: Work, reading, errands–just my normal life.

Last 200 words: spoilers/removed

How’s it going for all of you so far? (Whether you’re participating officially or doing your own thing!)


Author of YA speculative fiction and cozy paranormal mysteries.


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