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NaNoWriMo Week Two

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It's the tail end of week two here, in NaNoWriMo land. At this point in the game, participants should have written around twenty thousand words, so a lot of writing's been going down. Or should I say, a lot of writing meandering chapters, plots that contradicts earlier scenes, characters that appear out of nowhere, and a draft full of typos and punctuation errors. Don't get me started on the poor structure. But that all is general practice during NaNoWriMo. It's all about the word count.

Write, write, write - no looking back, only forward to driving the action and crunching out the next one thousand words.

I am happy to say, I have written eighteen thousand words at this point. I'm behind the holy grail target of 1,667 words per day, averaging around 1,300 per day. I'm up at 5am most mornings, tapping out words, and have barely watched a scrap of television. I'm missing reading books desperately, too. The flip side is, I have written half a novel with cavernous plot holes, missing scenes, characters names that I keep forgetting. But who cares - it's a first draft and no one will ever read that initial version. It can be fixed later, if I decide I want to edit future drafts of this young adult novel.

So how's NaNoWriMo working out for you?