Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

NaNoWriMo ‘07 – Day 06

Bet my daily target today.

To make the 50,000 words in 30 days it’s advisable to do 1667 words a day. Today I bet that target. And I’m feeling damn good about it.

I’m feeling good about it even though meeting every daily target so far should have netted me a total of 10,000 words. And I have just over 5000 in total.

But I’m okay with that.

I’ve realized something about my writing this time round. On previous Wrimos I have tried to push the 1667 daily words from the first day. And the passion has always burnt out because I punish myself to get the daily target and feel like I’ve let myself down when I don’t get there.

I don’t enjoy the experience and I give up. But this time I’m just taking my time. It has been six days so far and I’ve hit my daily target once. And that’s okay.

I’m pacing myself. Tomorrow I might not write anything, or I might match today’s number. I just don’t know.

To try and keep the pace, I’ve taken next week off work. Even if I claw my way over the daily finishing line, I’ll be happy.


1710 words today.

5061 words in total.

November 6, 2007 at 10:55 am | Writing | Tags: | No comment