Friday Update #2

Hello all, and welcome to the second Friday of NaNoWriMo! I’m here to report good progress. In the first 12 days of the month, I wrote a grand total of 33,316 words. That means that today, I will pass the 2/3 point of my novel! Now, let’s get to the fun stuff, the evidence:

Fig 1: Daily Progress to 50k Words

My progress out of the gate was stellar, as I discussed last week. Since then, I’ve encountered several unforeseen problems, and it’s both slowed my pace, and my motivation. That being said, I have still met my daily word count of at least 1667 words per day. And, apart from my lack of writing so far today, we can see in Figure 1 my progress since day 4 has actually been at a slightly better pace than is required to hit the 50k mark. The software estimates I’ll be done on November 18th, and that sounds about right.

Fig 2: Daily Word Count

In Figure 2, we can see my daily word count. Again, apart from today when I haven’t written anything yet, we can see my pace has been pretty well around 2,000 words a day, apart from the first three days when the words in my brain were still fresh, and my brain was firing on all thrusters. I think this figure helps to illustrate the fact that writing a novel is not a sprint, though fortunately I avoided the issue of losing steam after my initial sprint.

Some of the problems I’ve encountered I have yet to resolve, but what I’ve already fixed has made for a better story, and will hopefully make for a more interesting read. If I finish the book before the last two Friday updates, I intent to discuss my plans for publishing, and the challenges therein.

Thanks for joining me again this week and until next time, keep reading!

~Stephen

Published by sterling2063

Physicist by trade, writer by passion.

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