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Topic: The NaNo Task
NaNo WIP: "The Salt Lake Concert"
Word Count Total: 16,454
With company here, the Write-A-Thon didn't happen. I'm not complaining; it was a very good visit. However, the goal is slipping fast into the sunset. I got some words written yesterday.
One of the most important things about NaNoWriMo is flexibility. Especially if you are seriously attempting this event, you must know your plan well enough to provide flexibility within it. We haven't even hit the middle part where the doldrums hit--yet. There is yet no need to apply the "petal to the metal" for the last week's push to the win.
Many, and especially those doing NaNoWriMo for the first time, fail at such points as this. You cannot let the roadbumps stop your success. Even with a good roadmap, we sometimes have to travel down some unimproved highway. NaNors must learn to adapt, retrench, and proceed. Speed is only relevant when it is not zero.
The most basic plan says to create 1,667 new words for your novel each and every day. Why? There are primarily two reasons for this. First, at that pace, you will make 50,000 words by November 30th. Of course, that is an average.
The second and most valuable reason, however is that writers write--every day! My own personal writing goal is to create a minimum of 2,500 new words every day. That's not just words written in reviews, letters, etc., but newly created words designed to be profitable. Some days, I'm very lucky to create 100 such words. Some days, it goes well and I reach a higher mark. The secret is the number of days you have to average into the total.
That is why consistency pays off in the long run. It is a gained skill, a habit of craft. For beginners it could be 100, 250, or even 500 words per day that matter, because those goals are achievable. It doesn't matter nearly so much how many new words are created every day. It matters that new words are created every day.
Sometimes, things happen at the speed of life. In order to be successful in NaNo (or in life), flexibility must be your first weapon. Make your writing plan so well that flexibility is included in it.