I have a deadline, a sore back, and a LOT of caffeine.
I’ve been doing a lot of speedwriting this week. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed me tweeting word counts upwards of 5000 words per day. Why am I doing this? Well, I have a project (the details of which I can’t disclose) that’s due at the end of the week, and I’ve been falling behind. So I’m in crunch mode, churning out the words and sculpting the story in what amounts to a mini-NaNoWriMo style for one week (NaNoWriWeek?).
It’s actually very refreshing. As you can see by my writing calendar below, I didn’t make much progress on anything AT ALL during the month of September:
I went whole stretches of days without writing much of anything, aside from a blog post here and there. Then, right at the end, you can see a swarm of stickers representing about 6000 words per day PLUS a couple of blog posts. I even found time to revise a chapter of Contamination, the sequel to Manifestation.
Of course, I DO have a bit of an excuse for the lack of writing and revising this past month. After all, I was working on releasing my debut novel. So I’ve been doing a lot of work, just not a lot of “writing” work.
Hopefully, this surge throughout the week as I race to my deadline (only 25,000 words to go!) will get me prepped for NaNoWriMo. I’m planning to write the sixth book of the Arcana Revived series during November, and I’m projecting a first draft word count of 150,000 words. That’s more than I’ve ever done in a NaNo before, but it’ll get done. Because I’ll be speedwriting the whole time.
Hopefully you’ll join me when NaNoWriMo comes around. Let’s rock the writing world.
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