It’s been just over a week since NaNoWriMo began. How are you doing? Are you keeping up with you word count? Well, I hope you’re doing better than me!
Week One Update
This post will be looking at my progress from November 1 to November 8. That’s a total of eight potential writing days so by this point I should have 13,333 words of my novel. So, you’re probably wondering where I’m at…
Admittedly, it’s not been smooth sailing. COVID-19 first emerged onto the scene in Canada and we went into full lockdown back at the end of March. That meant that both of my children were home, all day, every day. My wife’s job requires a lot of meetings which all became zoom meetings. Thankfully, my day job is not meeting based which meant that I could do all of my work out of office hours.
So, I would spend my days with the kids, entertaining, feeding, exercising, and attempting to educate them. Then we would have dinner and put them to bed, which became increasingly difficult as time was pretty much irrelevant at this point. So, I would start work sometime between ten and eleven at night and work until four in the morning. Then, up again at eight to start all over again. This went on until September when schools reopened…
Well, it would appear that it’s starting to catch up on me as I fell asleep at the same time as the kids on three out of eight days. And, of the remaining five days, on one day I was only able to get half a writing session in. So, I should be at 13,333 words, but I am only at 8,379 words. Based on the days that I was able to write, I am ahead of schedule. Now, I just need to catch up.
I will say one thing, and that’s I am having a lot of fun with this story and when I do get to sit down and write, the words are flowing fast and free. It’s a much more light story than I usually write and that may have something to do with it, but it could also be down to the amount of planning I did ahead of time.
Here’s how my days went.
- Nov 1 – 0 words
- Nov 2 – 1,184 words
- Nov 3 – 1,875 words
- Nov 4 – 1,792 words
- Nov 5 – 0 words
- Nov 6 – 1,738 words
- Nov 7 – 0 words
- Nov 8 – 2,150 words
Had I been able to write on those extra days, I would be well ahead of my target. It also means that if I can keep up that speed of writing, I should catch up in no time at all. Most of my sessions so far have been between one and two hours. Anyhow, I have words to write and only twenty-two days left.