A Good Way to Catch Up...

Hi everyone,

So I wrote consistently over the weekend. I even got in over 2500 words on Friday! So pretty proud of myself, especially since last night I had 800 words and really wanted to stop. But I met my word count. :)

As you can see, I am on the brink of reaching 30K. I should have reached this milestone on Friday. Nonetheless, I am excited to be reaching it today when I do my word count.

Today, I also begin the catchup phase of the Nano process. I am a few days behind, but hopefully, by the end of the week I will be either entirely caught up or even ahead. I plan on writing at least 2500 words a day to reach that goal. I feel like since this is my first Nano (and first novel) ever, I really need to win. I think the first Nano tends to set up future successes or failures. Also, if I can do this while seven months pregnant, I know I can do it no matter what.

I am also going to use a new strategy to catch up and spread my writing throughout the day. I think this will help me get in a lot more words. Hopefully way more than 2500.

I think I was randomly googling Nanowrimo the other day when I came across Spacejock's

take on Nanowrimo. He has a really good idea on how to catch up which I plan on using this week. It's best if you have at least one whole day to do this or maybe half a day. I will be doing it over five days, starting today.

Basically, for every hour of the day, from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, you are responsible for writing 500 words an hour. After writing 500 words for that hour, you can do whatever you want until the next hour begins. He says it should take about 20-30 minutes each hour to do this, but I think that if you do a word sprint, it should go faster than that. He recommends starting at 8 am and stopping at 10 pm, but I guess it's up to you. Following his recommendation, though, would get you 7,500 words in one day!

I plan on doing this starting at 10 am and ending roughly around four or five in the afternoon since I also have homework and household chores to attend to. This would get me at least 4,000 words in one day. I should definitely get caught up and then some :)

I know a lot of us are going to have at least a day or two off this week because of the holidays. Are you guys using the day to get caught up or ahead? Or are you expecting writing to be impossible on Thursday? If you are going to spend extra time writing, what methods are you using? If you're laughing at the thought of having time to write on Thanksgiving Day, feel free to vent your feelings if needed :)

Happy writing and watch my percentage rise this week!