NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and is held every November. It’s a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days (or 1,667 per day). Writers and wanna-be writers come together with a common goal to write novels, short stories, memoirs, whatever it is they’ve been putting off or need a push to get started. This year I decided I would document my daily writing practice as I strive to finish a draft of a novel I’ve been taking far too long on.

Day 17

Words Written: 2,650

Total Word Count: 26,169

Goal: 50,000


Well I think I made up for my lack of progress yesterday. Writing 2600 words took some work but it was also easy today. I started writing early and like usual when I start first thing in the morning, I took it done, plus some. I don’t know if it’s that I’m genuinely more creative in the morning or if I’m more positive about the day or if I just have less pressure because I know if I don’t finish at 6AM I have 12+ more hours to do it. Whereas if I’m writing at 6PM there’s a pressure there that feels like I will never be able to do it even though I physically have enough time.

Either way, I’m glad I got it done and I’m excited about where the novel is going. I’m writing completely new things and it’s all ideas that have come to me in the past few weeks while writing. So there’s proof that the more you write and the more time you spend inside a book the more creative you’ll be about it. So here’s hoping we’re back on track very soon.

Until tomorrow,

-Mackenzie

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