NaNoWriMo, Week 2

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Statistics:

Words Written This Week: 11,817

Total Word Count: 25,651

Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): Just over 50%!

Chapters Written: 12

How it’s going so far: I hit a couple of blocks this week. The first was on Wednesday, the day after the election. I woke up exhausted, in shock, and grieving. (I’m still experiencing those last two feelings.) It took me most of the day to summon the energy to write, and I gave myself permission to just write what I could and not feel the pressure to reach my usual goal of 2,000 words. (I aim higher than the prescriptive 1,667 words per day to make sure I leave wiggle room for days like that Wednesday, or holidays.) I wrote 1,200 words, and I felt very proud of getting that far.

I hit another block over the weekend, this time story-related. Even though I’m planning ahead week by week, I hadn’t figured out the details of a major plot point yet. (I’m “plantsing,” which is a combo of planning ahead and writing by the seat of my pants.) I took a break to wash dishes, and the answer came to me. It was even better than I’d hoped. I can’t wait to write it!

What I’ve learned:

  1. Give yourself permission to lower the bar if the pressure of other life events overwhelms.
  2. When the going gets tough, the tough do dishes.


    Some of the dishes I was washing. Yes, I got the Christmas Tree Spode out this weekend!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, or those who are tackling a big project in your work or home life right now: what have you learned this week?

4 Responses to “NaNoWriMo, Week 2”

  1. Todd says:

    Love the spode

  2. Sara L. says:

    You’re doing a fantastic job, Leanne! Keep it up. *hugs*

  3. Awesome progress, and nice writing life lessons, too. Way to go!

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