NaNoWriMo 2017!

NaNoWriMo 2017!

We’re almost at the end of the month and it occurred to me I’d never made my NaNoWriMo participation post.

So, late though it is, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month!

naNoWriMo Participant 2017

I’d considered a few different options for an additional challenge this year, but I finally decided on an Old School NaNo. That is, exactly 50,000 words, with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s been a very long time since I picked a project I would complete in 50,000 words and I’ve never done an exact end target, so I expected this to be a lot of fun. As an additional goal for myself, I decided I would do exactly 1,667 words a day (except the final day which will have to be 1,657 I believe), even if it meant I ended the day in the middle of the sentence.

That’s a strategy I’ve read about people using to give them a thread to pick up the next day. it’s never one I’ve tried before, because I don’t trust either my memories or my notes to tell me what I was thinking when I left off. So far, it’s been pretty interesting. I have, as expected, forgotten the end of the intended sentence a few times, but I’m usually able to come up with something that feels close.

I have, however, discovered that waiting to validate makes my fingers twitch. The past few days have been the most difficult, as far as sticking to the word count goes, but I will tough it out! I may even put add a specific word count as part of my general process, once I no longer have the validation thing to distract me.

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