NaNoWriMo Update: The Halfway Mark


Today is November 15. 15 days down, 15 days to go.

So, up there is the latest screen shot from my author log-in portal on NaNoWriMo.org. The site provides this super nice stat-tracker. You can see how if you update each day, it calculates your daily word count average, your projected finish date if you continue at your current pace, how many words you have to go, etc.. Some really cool stuff. I'm particularly fond of the graph and its upward trend.

Also, I'm loving that blue bar on the upper right side that shows the overall progress. Each day, that rectangular bubble fills up a little more. And look! I'm getting so close! I'm just finishing up for the day and my current count is 39,025.

(Yes, I'm T. Whittsen on there. And yes, I know I'm totally lame for pulling out the ol' pen name again. But whatever.)

Alrighty, so the number one rule that's gotten me this far? No re-reading. No looking back. No revision. None. I know that if I do that, I will only find mistakes and plot holes and cheesy dialogue and, well, just plain crappy writing in general. I'll get discouraged, click 'select all', punch the delete key, hate myself, and go check the Geek tab on Pinterest.

So yeah. No re-reading. I keep reminding myself there's a reason it's called a rough draft. There will be time to revise and edit and rewrite later. But in order to do that, you have to have something to work with. I read a quote the other day that went something like this:
"If I'm going to clean something, I have to make a mess first."
Doesn't that make so much sense?!? This was the quote of the day on the NaNo calendar for yesterday, and I'm making it my motto for the rest of the month:
"Don't get it right, just get it written."
- James Thurber

2 comments

Jessica said...

You're doing awesome! And those quotes are really cool and definitely fit what you are doing. The goal is just go get it written. Lots of time to edit when it's finished. :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, sissy!!! Can't wait for you to read it when I'm finished. I look forward to your thoughts, ideas, and criticisms.