I feel like I should be saving my words up for my novel, but of course I couldn’t resist checking in on my favourite readers. Also, I had an epiphany and realised that writing blog posts are much easier than trying to write a fictional chapter. I had no idea I was so out of practice and that third person would feel so unfamiliar to me all of a sudden. Of course, it had to happen in November.
Speaking of things that happen only in November, I was sucked into reading a fanfiction by one of my friends and I’m addicted. Have you heard of The Life and Times? I was surprised to find it on Goodreads and so happy when I realised it will add towards my reading challenge goal. I don’t really like the writing, but I’m addicted. I cannot explain how that works, unfortunately.
With all those distractions abound, here’s how I’ve managed so far:
Day 1 – 2552 words
Day 2 – 3070 words
Day 3 – 3070 words
Although Day 4 is not technically over, I fear the count will remain 3070 words. I do want to make up the difference over the weekend and I fervently hope I do. It feels as of the more I make up my mind to write, the more unexpected things creep up to eat up that time. I think I messed with the wrong person on Halloween. Maybe someone can write about that and call it The Curse of November. Okay, I really need to get back to my novel.
Before I do that, however, here is my piece of advice for all those brave souls attempting this insane challenge this November –
Don’t compare your word count with your buddies or any other writer.
This is actually pretty obvious, really, but since this is a social activity, you get to check on where everyone else is at. This can lead to discouragement and doubt. I’ve been there too. But I set a personal goal for myself everyday (not necessarily the daily word count) and work to achieve that. If you really think about it, when you’re travelling on the road, no matter how many vehicles you overtake, there’s always someone ahead of you on that road (till it leads to a dead-end, but I hope you get my point). So, don’t get caught up with where others are and measure your worth as a writer based on that.
That’s it for the week. Are you doing NaNoWriMo too? How has the journey been so far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Happy weekend, folks!