Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5: Having a Blast

I have been writing like a maniac for the last 5 days and this new experiment of mine, i.e. writing without looking back—is totally working for me. How perfectly liberating to not have to agonize about a sentence—a word even—for hours on end. My inner editor would be aghast, and it is a good thing she hasn't shown her face around here once in 5 days; I suspect she's having a pretty good time on her own.
The story is flowing out of me, and while it will by no means be a complete or polished manuscript by the end of the month, it will be a solid first draft ready to be cut, spliced, and shaped into something presentable. I went to a write-in on Saturday at the Hamilton-Wenham Library. If you ever wondered about the power of collective focus, let me tell you: it works. I wrote over 2,300 words in 2 hours, which for me is unprecedented. We did those 20 minute-sprints during which all we heard was manic pounding on keyboards. In the 2 hours I was there, we did about 4 sprints. I have been keeping up with those at home, and I find that I am so focused then that my word count is skyrocketing and I am well on my way to reach the goal of 50,000 words, maybe even exceed it! Ha!

What about you? How are faring with NaNo?

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