Goals are good … except when they aren’t

OK, so here’s my ‘reality bites’ version of nanowrimo reports. November is 4 days old and I’m about 5500 words behind the average nanowrimo writers’ goals for this point in the month.

See, to get to about 50,000 words by the end of the month, you need to churn out an average of 1667 words per day (wpd). So most writers challenge themselves to 1500 wpd on weekdays and expect to make up the 167 wpd deficit by doing 2000 wpd on the weekends (which actually gets them slightly ahead going into the next week).

I, on the other hand, cranked out maybe 4-5 dozen words on Nov 2, bringing the page-plus of opening scene with which I started the month up to just over 500 words. Total. And I hadn’t written a word on Door to Phoenix since until yesterday evening, Nov 4. I did finally get another 300-ish words written last night, but still …

 

afghan with picture of autumn tree crocheted into the pattern

I make up my crochet patterns as I go along, much like I do with my stories. Eventually, each gets finished.

 

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About Susan NC Price

Writing coach Susan NC Price has been a poet all her life and an editor for half her life, but only realized in her late 30s that she enjoyed writing all sorts of prose as well. The twin epiphanies of word processing and realizing she no longer had teachers forcing her to use their style of outlining outlines contributed to her late-blooming love of writing. Susan has 1 prizewinning short story, 2 grown writer sons, 3 current e-newsletters she maintains and a host of writing projects to her credit. She's currently working to develop new writers through her coaching endeavor: re/Write: Scribbles to Stories (see Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ReWrite-Scribbles-to-Stories).
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