On the 21st I really put in the hours so I could catch up, writing almost non-stop from the time I got up to the time I went to sleep. I participated in a few sprints as well, and by the end of the night I had written over 2,700 words! Nearly half of that had been written the night before, however, but since I’d been up writing past midnight when I updated my word count on the NaNoWriMo website, they belonged to the following day.
Speaking of which, no matter my input since my first update, whatever algorithm on that site gauges the times of day I write most during, and my mood as I write, seems to have settled on “mid-day flamingo” and “felt pretty good” and is determined to die on that hill. Seriously, the one and only time I updated my word count between 5pm and 6pm was on November 5th, and now that I’ve been reporting the times I actually wrote during, there’s no excuse whatsoever for this unforgivable slight. I’m a night owl, not a stupid mid-day flamingo, whatever that even is. And as for the emoticon, lately I’ve been choosing the sad face more often than not because of these bouts of writer’s block I’ve been having, so who knows what that’s about.
Anyway, the next day and yesterday I hardly wrote anything at all, as if resting on my laurels (I wasn’t, I just didn’t feel like writing and I had an unusually busy past couple of days). So now I’m way behind again, with a whopping 5,008 words needed today just in order to catch up. And there’s only six days left! But by my calculations I can still make it without writing that many words today (which if I’m honest with myself is probably not going to happen) as long as I write at least 2,584 words a day between now and November 30th. So that’s what I’m going to do. If I write more, great. If I don’t quite make my daily goal one day, I’ll make it up the next. Hopefully.
So how are the rest of you NaNo lunatics doing? Are you on par or falling behind? Confident as we approach the finish line or beginning to panic? Let us know in the comments!