If you take a look at the previous years I have attempted this monster event, in which hundreds of thousands of lunatics just like me try to write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days, you will notice on my old statistical graphs that generally I don’t start strong. In fact, I tend to fall behind on Day 2, and often by the end of the first week I am so far behind it would seem all hope is lost (even though I always find a way to catch up).
But this year something really rather strange has happened. At the end of today, I should be at about 5000 words to be on track. Yet I currently sit at 8000 words, and depending on how I feel I might go back after this blog post and knock out a few hundred more. And I’m not quite sure why this is happening.
There is a chance that I’m surging ahead because I planned quite a lot for a change – that is definitely one major difference between this year and previous years that I cannot ignore. But I also half wonder if I’m writing a lot defensively rather than offensively. What I mean by this is that I think deep down I fear that I’m going to struggle to keep up with the writing demands during the week, as I have been stumbling from week to week in a state of utter exhaustion lately.
Whatever the cause, I’m quite happy with my progress. I know that it is nothing compared to the achievements of some wrimos – I know of one who hit 50k within the first 24 hours, unless my eyes deceived me, which is an utterly insane, terrifying and amazing feat of endurance in itself. Many are well and truly into the 5 digits, while some are still struggling to hit 4 digits, yet I have to remember (as does everybody else attempting this) that it is early days. Anything can and will happen this month; those behind can perform miraculous catch ups and those miles ahead can suddenly come to an abrupt halt. As long as we all keep writing, we’ll get there.
So I guess that would be my parting words, the very same key words of advice I gave some students recently: just write.
For any followers who are doing NaNoWriMo this year, how are you guys going? Are you on schedule? Are you just aiming for the 50k or for a different goal?