Isn’t that a song title?

More importantly, it’s where my NaNo novel is as of tonight. Yes, I crossed the 25,000-word mark … important because 25,000 is half of 50,000. See, Ma? Even though I’m a writer, I can do math! šŸ˜‰ That’s important because it means I’m halfway finished.

My stats, so far:

  • Words Written Today ā€” 2233
  • Suggested Daily Word Count ā€” 1667
  • Cumulative Word Count ā€” 25164
  • Current Day ā€” 11
  • Suggested Cumulative Word Count ā€” 18334
  • Average Words per Day ā€” 2288
  • At This Rate You Will Finish On ā€” Nov 22 (Oh, if only I could keep up this pace and finish before Thanksgiving!)
  • Days Remaining ā€” 19
  • Total Words Remaining ā€” 24836 (less than I’ve already written …) šŸ˜‰
  • Words per Day to Finish on Time ā€” 1308

Pretty nice, eh?

I keep comparing this year’s experience to last year’s, though. In 2009, I signed up for the NaNo for the first time with the intention of writing 40,000 words to finish my 90,000-word manuscript. By the end of November, I’d only written about 25,000 words.

While that was 25,000 words I didn’t already have ā€” and I finished that MS a couple of weeks later, before Christmas ā€” I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped.

Tonight, I sit here having already written as much as I did all month long last year. It’s a heady feeling, but a little worrisome all the same.

Is what I’m writing now any good? Or am I writing too quickly, meaning I’ll have to go back and throw three-quarters of it out when I start editing?

Maybe my speed has something to do with starting with a blank slate. Sure, Kenny and Kristi have been bouncing around in my head for years, but I only wrote one scene in which they made an appearance ā€” and that was told from someone else’s POV (Kenny’s brother Brad, the hero in my first book).

Or maybe I’m just in better (writing) shape this year. I have been putting in a lot of practice since January. (More than 120,000 words written since Jan. 19 ā€” and that’s without my NaNo count.)

On the plus side, Kenny & Kristi finally did the deed today. (And yes, I wrote the scene @ Starbucks. Oh, if anyone peeked over my shoulder at the screen, they would have been embarrassed … Or maybe I would have been embarrassed. Someone’s cheeks would have been cherry red, for sure.) šŸ˜‰

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