The end of Week One and the beginning of Week Two have taught me a whole new range of lessons.
I have learned not to get complacent just because you established an early word-count cushion for yourself. My lead has now been eroded. I deliberately worked hard on Day One to pull ahead, and the pressures of a busy weekend have now eroded my lead. To hit my target of 75k by November 30th, I should be on 20,000 by the end of today.
I'm on 15,300. And I have to go to work today, and I have plans after work.
So that means that tomorrow, I can just do my daily 2,500 + the backlog of 4,700 which = 7,200 words.
Except that I have plans tomorrow too. Luckily, my plans are with Writer Friend, who isn't Nano-ing but remains mired in editing and we plan to do some work. Probably not 7,200 words worth of work though, since that's more than my Day One total and on Day One I wrote for about six straight hours. So let's say a realistic target for tomorrow is more like 1,000.
Leaving me with a backlog of 6,200 to tackle on Wednesday. Plus Wednesday's target of 2,500 = 8,700 words.
I have no plans on Wednesday, but I will be at work all day. And my lunch hour is precisely that, an hour.
You see how quickly it mounts? Your numbers will vary depending on your target, but right now I'm only one day behind. My word count RIGHT NOW should be 17,500. But looking ahead, you can see how that small deficit grows. . .
So it's time for a very big push. Strategies will be:
Bringing a packed lunch to work and writing at lunchtime.
Writing on the train or bus where possible. Even if I just get a 100 words done on my 15-minute bus ride, it's 100 words!
Working extra hard on my free evenings.
Waiting anxiously for the weekend to try to pull ahead again. . .
Fingers crossed! Good luck to everyone embarking on Week Two - may you screw it up less than I have so far!
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