Amanda's 1st NaNoWriMo Update

We're nine days into NaNoWriMo, bringing today's word count goal to 15,000 words. Here's how Amanda's doing.

The NaNoWriMo Game Plan

My original goal was to divide my fiction and nonfiction (read: blog and website) writing equally. Here's what my progress looks like for the first week.

Amanda's NaNoWriMo Progress for Week 1

What actually happened was this. Redemption (current WIP): 11,995 words; new fiction: 3,637 words; MCP content: 1,173 words.

What Worked... and What Didn't.

As I headed into November, I had a sneaking suspicion that my nonfiction writing wasn't going to be much help for my word count, mostly because I'm at a point in my projects where there's a lot of editing and not much word count. Which is great for my projects, but not that helpful for NaNoWriMo.

I also decided a novel and nonfiction wasn't enough (because it's fun to add more projects when I'm already working on so many?) and added a serialized fiction idea into the mix. I came to the conclusion that it may not be that helpful to track my nonfiction word count this month and focus solely on fiction.

My totals on NaNoWriMo's site only include my fiction. (And I'm still on par for today, sitting at 15,632 words.) I'm haphazardly keeping track of my MCP totals, which are mainly blog posts.

How am I getting my word counts? It's pretty easy: every weekday, I write for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. I write on Redemption, my current WIP (now almost 55k overall), during the week, then poke away at my serialized fiction on the weekend. I tend to take weekends easy because I like the creative break.

So what didn't work? Attempting to force myself to write at the same pace on the weekends. I always think I can do it, but when it comes to sitting down and writing, Netflix calls my name, and then I'm another season into rewatching Futurama before I know it.

The Game Plan Moving Forward

The goal: continue writing an hour every weekend, which usually puts my total word count for the day above 2,000 words. When I consistently hit 2k every weekday, it gives me a little freedom during the weekend to take it easy and not worry too much about hitting word counts. I do try to maintain par for the day, but I know enough not to force myself. It just creates added frustration that I don't need.

As for MCP and my projects, I'll keep hacking away on those words as I can, when I'm not editing and spending time on MCP's Twitter and Facebook accounts (and you should totally join me there).

Don't Forget Our NaNoWriMo Giveaway

Like to win prizes? We're giving away copies of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine (MCP's CEO!) and one ebook publishing package. Be sure to tune in and enter. Congrats to last week's winner, Andrew!

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