Word counts

NaNoWriMo

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I just have to say…that is the strangest name. Couldn’t we writers come up with something more creative, more interesting…more appealing?

Anyway, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo or BIAW (book in a week) or any other guided writing. In fact, when Elisabeth decided we were doing 1000 words/day for 100 days, I joined in, but then bottomed out after, what E…six days? I guess the good thing is that I made it that long, and I’m still writing, now up to 60k.

But my schedule just won’t allow me to sit down and write 2000+ words a day. I’ve got two jobs, two very busy kids, .33 of a husband…etc., etc.

The big question — excuses or realities? I’m not too proud to admit some could be excuses, but I’m also not naive enough to deny the realities of everyday life, either.

How do writers who are not paid full time writers (that’s rather key here–if I was a full time writer, that’s what I’d do…write), but work another job (or two) with kids at home and no nannies and housekeepers, write 2000 words a day?
I’d love to hear your methods, whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo or not!

>NaNoWriMo

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I just have to say…that is the strangest name. Couldn’t we writers come up with something more creative, more interesting…more appealing?

Anyway, I’ve never done NaNoWriMo or BIAW (book in a week) or any other guided writing. In fact, when Elisabeth decided we were doing 1000 words/day for 100 days, I joined in, but then bottomed out after, what E…six days? I guess the good thing is that I made it that long, and I’m still writing, now up to 60k.

But my schedule just won’t allow me to sit down and write 2000+ words a day. I’ve got two jobs, two very busy kids, .33 of a husband…etc., etc.

The big question — excuses or realities? I’m not too proud to admit some could be excuses, but I’m also not naive enough to deny the realities of everyday life, either.

How do writers who are not paid full time writers (that’s rather key here–if I was a full time writer, that’s what I’d do…write), but work another job (or two) with kids at home and no nannies and housekeepers, write 2000 words a day?
I’d love to hear your methods, whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo or not!

Goals, huh?

>My CP has pushed me a little further than I expected.

In a rare spurt of enthusiasm, I asked Elisabeth–always up for a challenge, not to mention that little competitive streak she harbors–if she wanted to set a writing goal.

I said: 1000 words a day.

My rationale was that 1000 words a day for 100 days would produce 100,000 words — almost a complete book for me. (Mine run about 125,000k).

I thought, hey, a complete rough first draft in 3 months? How cool would that be? They usually take me twice as long.

E accepts. Then goes on to one-up me on the deal.

She says: 1000 words a day for **100 days**.

OMG.

Okay, well, my competitive streak isn’t anywhere near as wide as E’s, but I’m in a good place–kids are in school, my work schedule has quieted to a dull roar, my DH isn’t off at any fires.

Sure…why not? Let’s see what happens.

I popped out my first 705 words this morning at breakfast in about 1/2 an hour. Will finish up those lingering 295 later this afternoon or this evening while my kids are doing homework.

What about you? Wanna join us? Natasha? Edie? Linda? Elisa? Mary? Anyone? We can report in to each other via our blogs. It’s like excercise–funner (my daughter insists that’s not a word) when you’re doing it together!

>Goals, huh?

>My CP has pushed me a little further than I expected.

In a rare spurt of enthusiasm, I asked Elisabeth–always up for a challenge, not to mention that little competitive streak she harbors–if she wanted to set a writing goal.

I said: 1000 words a day.

My rationale was that 1000 words a day for 100 days would produce 100,000 words — almost a complete book for me. (Mine run about 125,000k).

I thought, hey, a complete rough first draft in 3 months? How cool would that be? They usually take me twice as long.

E accepts. Then goes on to one-up me on the deal.

She says: 1000 words a day for **100 days**.

OMG.

Okay, well, my competitive streak isn’t anywhere near as wide as E’s, but I’m in a good place–kids are in school, my work schedule has quieted to a dull roar, my DH isn’t off at any fires.

Sure…why not? Let’s see what happens.

I popped out my first 705 words this morning at breakfast in about 1/2 an hour. Will finish up those lingering 295 later this afternoon or this evening while my kids are doing homework.

What about you? Wanna join us? Natasha? Edie? Linda? Elisa? Mary? Anyone? We can report in to each other via our blogs. It’s like excercise–funner (my daughter insists that’s not a word) when you’re doing it together!