NaNo 2013 – Phase One Review

Unlike most years where my November is relatively uniform, this year my NaNoWriMo effort is fairly cleanly split up into three phases.  The first (which ended yesterday), I had my normal daily time and time on the weekends.  The second (starting today) I barely have time during the days and have no weekend time.  The third (post-Thanksgiving), I may or may not have any time.

So the success of my NaNoWriMo effort this year (as measured by my own standards) largely hinged on my productivity until this point.

All in all, I’ve done fairly well this month.  I made my 50k Day One challenge in record time (finishing before 7pm and writing 55,555 that day), and I’ve hit my goals most days (sometimes, my goals were rather lower).  The one black mark on my productivity is Sunday, in which I spent way, way to long writing what I did.  I’ve been helped by some friendly competition early on, especially on Day 2, but am backing away from that now (I’ve got little time for it).

Also, most of my words have been on one novel, and thus far I’m really liking it.  It’s got its problems, as all first drafts do, but I think it’s one that I’m going to try to come back and revisit, possibly as early as January (that hinges on my getting a second novel draft done before then, to give me the necessary detachment from the work).  All in all, it feels good to write a lot on something and still like it (this is certainly not always the case for me).

Now comes the slog in which I have way too much to do and no time to do it in, and oh yeah, also need to be writing.  You guys out there in Readerland used to me presence on twitter or in chat will start to see that disappear.  But I shall return!

At this point, my goal is mostly just to write every day, no matter how little.  That’s what I’m worst at, and for long-term success, that’s what I need to do the most.

And how is your NaNoWriMo going?

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