NaNoWriMo Accountability Journal Week 3 (Updated 11/20/13)

Week 3 started out a littler slower, but mostly because I spent the two days traveling. Fully expecting the last grind to be pretty decent. 

Day 15: Been out of town for a couple of days, but still wrote longhand in the hotel and on the bus. I’m dedicated. For Day 15 I managed to get up to 36,800 words by mostly sitting in the hotel. It was rough, but I managed. I just got finished riding 4 hours by bus, swam around in several pools, relaxed in a jacuzzi and saw a Hawaiian dance show. After all that, I still stayed away long enough to get some writing in.

Day 16: Wrote on the looooooong bus ride home (traffic jam) and got up to 38,514 words plus what I wrote once I got home. These were two of my weakest days so far, but I figured they would be since I was traveling and doing vacation like things. So not bad, considering!

 Day 17: Day just ended for me, ready to do some midnight oil burning. Pushed into the 40K range now with 40,404 words. Got a little off track with my outline, but I don’t think it did any major damage or knocked things off course. It allowed to get some character development in and shift the plot a bit (They were going one place, but have decided to go to a much more dangerous place instead without any sort of idea what they’re going to do when they get there. Anger does that!)

 Day 18: Just ended Day 18 and it was my most productive day yet, mostly in part to several word wars I did. It was actually quite remarkable how much and how fast I can write when I’m doing a battle scene. I just let the words flow out of me. I noticed later when I was writing the aftermath how slow it was coming. Anyway, at the end of the day, I ended up getting 5,309 words altogether. That brings me to a total of 45,713 words. One more day like I just had and I’ll be hitting the 50K almost 10 days early! Wow, that would be awesome and I think the first time that’s ever happened for me. So 50K by Day 20 would be the goal for now.

Let’s do it!

 Day 19: While I did get about 2,000 words or so, I ended up deleting a lot of them so I actually went backwards a little bit. I’m not counting words I’m not keeping, so my word count is 46,049 words for this day. Kind of sucks, but I’m so close to the 50K I’m not too worried about it. I’m planning for a big night tonight, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to either hit 50 on Day 20 or I’m going to be right on the cusp of it.

Yeah, I should probably still count the words I did write, but screw it. Towards the finish line!

 Day 20: I wrote well over 50K, but not sure why NaNo’s validator is different. Stupid thing.

Anyway…

I made it! 50,014 words!

YES!

Now to continue on my journey to get this novel finished. Altogether it’s 71,812 words counting what I wrote before NaNo started. At the rate I’m going, it’s going to be a rather large novel. I’m hoping less than 150,000 words if I can manage.

Well, I’ll keep up with everyone else and keep posting updates until the 30 days are up. Good luck to everyone else reaching their goals!

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