I don’t know about you, but my writing pace is slow. Now, I can run my mouth off discussing topics on nearly anything, but sit me down to write a novel (outlined or not) and my pace becomes glacial.
Even when I know where I want to go, can see my character frolicking around in my mind, it still takes forever. During NaNoWriMo, the total goal word count is 50,000, which makes the daily word count around 1,666 – does anyone else wonder if the triple 6’s allude to demonic writing possession this month?
No? Hmm, maybe I’ve been writing too much today.
It’s the number of words a day, demonic or not, that always messes with my head. Call it performance anxiety (can’t keep my pen up), but logging in X number of words a day is always a struggle for me.
But, a huge part of writing is the struggle – not only of characters, but of the writer too. That’s why, if you share the idea of NaNoWriMo with people in your circle, you’re sure to find at least one person who will tell you that they too have an idea for a novel, if only they could get it down on paper. I think that there is at least one novel in all of us – the trick is to pull it out and put it on paper.
The daily word count (the triple 6’s do go away if you round up to 1,667 words a day) is ultimately your friend in this process. The struggle to meet it every day and continue on (even when your story gets a little silly, or a little slow) is what will help you finally finish that story that has been rattling around in your brain.
So NaNoWriMo-ers, did you struggle today? I sure as hell did…