As you know I’ve been continuing NaNoWriMo past November 30th. So here’s the third NaNo update.
My word count was dwindling during the final weeks of November. As of date my lowest word count for a day was three words and on November 30th. My highest word count was 1,047 which was on November 1st.
In the last two weeks my word count has been going up and down like a roller coaster. I didn’t start strong December 1st (81 words) compared to last month but did write over 100 words the next two days. But then it dipped over the weekend to steadily rise again on Sunday. Since Sunday I went from 164 words, then 297, 333, 391 and to 615 words. Before it dipped down again to 23 words.
See, roller coaster.
The huge surge of my word count happened last Thursday. I haven’t had a daily word count that high almost four weeks ago to the date. So, what happened?
First, let me explain how I’ve been writing to meet my daily goals. I, like some writers, suffer from blank-page-itis. It’s when you have a blank page before you waiting for words from your story but nothing gets typed. Even when the words are inside you and unfolding inside your head.
Since the start of NaNoWriMo I’ve been writing by hand in a notebook first. Then use what I’ve written, a scene, a list and or a drawing, as a springboard. And flesh out the story, creating characters, scenes, world etc with every keystroke. Basically, I’m writing twice a day.
Wednesday night, I ran out of time writing from the springboard before midnight. So I counted the next words for the day into the next. Then I wrote down again in my notebook for that day. And voila, I’ve written above my original daily word count goal for the first time in 4-5 weeks!
Thinking of continuing this format again. Instead of stopping at midnight, continue typing a little more for the next day. And write down whatever I’ll be springboarding from in my WIP before the end of that day. Maybe, by doing things this way, it’ll increase my chances of finally typing ‘the end’ by the end of 2020.
How was your NaNoWriMo? What are your post NaNoWriMo plans? Have you accomplished any of your 2020 writing goals? What are your writing goals for 2021?