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NaNoWriMo: Am I getting slower with age?


Hi everyone, this post will be short one and more along the lines of an observation than a fully fledged post. I have to get back to writing.

You may remember that I participate in National Novel Writing Month every November. (If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, here is their website.) It’s intense, it’s exhausting and, even when I’m endlessly complaining about it, I love it.

However, I’ve noticed something interesting regarding my writing during this NaNo, as well as last year’s. It’s taking me a lot longer in terms of hours spent writing to reach my daily word count. I used to be able to spend 50 minutes a day to write 1667 words. Now I probably spend that much time to write half of my word count.

Perhaps it is because I used to do NaNoWriMo right in the middle of exams and it required a lot more careful time planning. It would make sense that I have lost that kind of discipline in my life since I don’t study day and night any more. It’s much more fun to watch YouTube, right?

As I am writing this post (Tuesday) I had a very good writing session and wrote just over 2000 words. I really enjoyed my characters suddenly taking off and doing things that I never intended them to do. Without giving me any warning at all, everyone went off to play pool and chat. I have no idea where that came from as I have never played pool in my life, though I have watched lots of other people play it. Honestly, I enjoyed writing that scene so much that I was reminded of why I do this crazy novel-writing thing to myself. Because, it really is fun when things suddenly work out.

This scene where all of my characters were dynamic was just so much more fun than the bland characters-eating-dinner scene I wrote before that. I spent a lot of words describing the dining room in great detail and still did not say anything. Horrible.

I might still be about 3000 words behind, but if writing is going to become fun again I’m not worried. I’ve made comebacks from further behind than this before. I’ve felt bland up until now and it did not help at all that I was so tired out from my birthday on Saturday and did not write at all.

It’s not the end of the world, though it’s hard when you fall behind early in NaNo, because then you have to play catch up the rest of the month. Anyway, if there’s anyone out there feeling a bit blue and rather behind – it’s okay. You really can still do it. And even if you don’t, you still wrote more than you normally would have. That’s a win.


At 13150 of 50000 words,


One response

  1. Mal

    Hugs, Elana. So good to pop in and catch you. Good luck with all your endeavours! 😊

    November 13, 2015 at 11:28

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