Day 9 of #NaNoWriMo: A little each day

I was going to pick up my novel some more tonight after work, but upon reflection, I am going to switch gears and edit photos instead. Sometimes you have to exercise different creative outlets to stay inspired with the primary one.

I did, however, write this morning, and I’m increasing my daily word count as time goes on. Last week I could only manage 500 words a day or less on average, with a couple days of not writing at all because of technology problems at the beginning of the month.

This morning before work I woke up at 6 a.m. and managed a little more 1,000 words. I am not really recording exact word counts because I have a bad habit of revising as I go, but it’s part of an editing process that works for me and builds my confidence. However, it makes it hard to calculate my specific daily word count. I currently have 5,025 words total. Word count pressure doesn’t really motivate me though; a daily habit does.

Instead of finding researching as I go intimidating, I am starting to reframe it in my mind as fun. That was another thing slowing me down, stopping and getting lost in historical details. But I am learning so many cool things about the 19th century. Time to geek out.

And I have decided to lower my expectations for this month. I don’t care if I meet the 50,000 words; I will just be happy if I write every day. I am supposed to be at 15,000 words today, but I think I can still catch up when I am taking a planned mini-staycation from work at the end of the week. I am increasing my output every day and my insecurities about drafting a novel are starting to fade away. I feel like I am shaking the dust off. I last finished a novel-length manuscript for my thesis for my creative writing degree in 2004. That’s a long time.

Self care is helping those confidence levels. I rode my exercise bike and did my weight routine on my lunch break today, and tomorrow to kick off my 5 a.m. writing session I will do 30 minutes of yoga. It is better than coffee for a stimulant. I know, I know, you don’t believe me, but don’t knock it until you try it. Exercise always helps lift my mood and gets me back on track. I need my daily morning coffee, too.

If I can write 1,000 words a day, it will be a win. That’s my goal. The key for me is writing every day and not giving up. I can do this. I have the skills, a great story idea, good characters, and now I just need to execute, and finish something longer for once. Time to be my own cheerleader.

One thought on “Day 9 of #NaNoWriMo: A little each day

  1. Focusing on writing every day is the right way to go, in my opinion. No need to push too hard if you’re not feeling it, especially if you’re already writing every day. You can always continue your WIP after NaNo anyway, and you’re already doing much more than other aspiring writers. Good luck with your WIP!

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