NaNoWriMo – Week 2

In a previous post, I announced that I was participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and committing to writing at least 50,000 words of first draft text for my sequel novel in the month of November. I fell behind in the seventh day due to a basement emergency, but pledged to catch up. So how am I doing?

My plan to recover the lost day was to write 2,000 words per day for the next three days, instead of the standard 1,667 words/day pace (I had a bit of a surplus from previous over-performing days). And I’m happy to say I achieved that plan.  Here are the numbers for this past week:


Minutes Writing

Daily Words

Cumulative Words

Daily Goal

Cumulative Goal

Excess over Goal

11/8 153 2,018 12,672 1,667 13,336 -664
11/9 130 2,047 14,719 1,667 15,003 -284
11/10 140 2,110 16,829 1,667 16,670 159
11/11 133 1,672 18,501 1,667 18,337 164
11/12 148 1,928 20,429 1,667 20,004 425
11/13 135 1,817 22,246 1,667 21,671 575
11/14 79 1,699 23,945 1,667 23,338 607

So I overcame my 1,015 word deficit at the end of last week by Sunday, and continued to add to the overage. As of Thursday, I’m 607 words ahead of the pace.  Not enough to take a day off, but a nice margin in case another disaster happens.

Looking ahead, I see some problems with the next few scenes I have in my plan. I moved up a critical reveal, which makes some of those scenes no longer applicable.  I’ll have to take some time tomorrow and re-plan, so I’m not wasting writing time thinking about what should be happening.  I find if I have a good understanding of what a scene is supposed to contain, I can keep up a good words-per-hour rate (I’m averaging about 800 WPH right now).

Finally, for your reading pleasure, here are three promotions of free sci-fi e-books (including my novella, The Worth of a World).  Check them out, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!


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Author: RickAAllenSF

Semi-retired engineer, now a SF author. Recently moved to Colorado Springs, where I work in front of a window looking out at Pikes Peak.

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