I'm getting a late start today - pushed too hard on the novel last night and ran myself into a wall mentally. That's always a danger of pounding out 50k words in 30 days - one that if you only listen to people trumpeting their word count successes - you might miss the danger.
I know today will be a challenge. I reached 20k words on the novel and feel drained. 4k word average over a five day stretch is more than I usually write on one novel (I work on several WIPs at one time) - so, I'm fighting the urge to check in on the latest ELLA installment and must keep my focus on Preface to a Suicide. the NaNoWriMo way doesn't 'exactly' match my writing routine.
Today I'll focus on making notes and gearing myself up for the push of the next 10k. Based on my notes, this novel will be approximately 50-55k words, so the NaNoWriMo target of 50k will likely yield a 'complete' first draft. I'm ahead on the pace, so a slow day won't hurt me. I need to recharge my batteries and prepare for next week.
I hope all the writers out there are making progress on their novels. Remember - don't edit, don't think, don't share it (unless you have reached the point where you do not care about feedback on a first draft at all) - just plow forward and keep the momentum going. That's the way to finish drafts.
From Las Vegas,
Stephen John Moran