NaNoWriMo Day 20

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 33,340 words
Personal par: 2,000 words/day
Personal total: 44,383 words

Day 20 means that we are 2/3rds of the way through the NaNoWriMo challenge! Par is 33,340 words and after adding 2,041 words this morning, I have reached 44,383 words, more than 11,000 words ahead of NaNo par!

I was up early again, at last, not 5 am, but 6 am, and wrote from 6-8 am. It wasn’t the easiest of mornings. I finished what I started yesterday and the first 900 words or so went very quickly (I think I wrote the first 900 words of the day in about 35 minutes or so). After that, I wasn’t sure what to do next. I started on a section of the story that I’d left off last week, did a little bit of writing on that section, but wasn’t quite sure where the scene was going. So I moved onto another scene at the leading edge of the story, and although that scene moved better, I found that I was checking my word count every 5 minutes or so, which is never a good sign.

Nevertheless, I got in my 2,000 words, passed the 44K-word mark, and I now have less than 6,000 words to "win" the challenge: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as planned. We’ve got guests coming into town this weekend, and so I really need to make sure I get the writing done early in the day so that I keep pace. Still, despite being sick most of the week, I still managed a total of nearly 15,000 words since last Friday. I’m very pleased with that.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.