The second week of NaNoWriMo 2015 is in the books!
This is my first NaNoWriMo ever, and it has been quite an experience for me.
With the second week behind us, it’s time to take a look and see how it went.
I plan to continue to post a weekly “recap” throughout November, and then I will take a look back at the whole thing at the end.
I had originally planned to write this article all about my progress with NaNoWriMo, but in light of recent events, something else feels more important.
The devastating attacks in Paris affected me deeply.
I grew up just outside of New York City, and my father worked there. He worked a street down from the Twin Towers.
I was terrified on 9/11. Utterly terrified.
We couldn’t get through to him for almost the entire day. I called him dozens of times from the school’s office, but he was unable to answer due to the chaos.
In the end, he was fine. I saw him later that night. But I’ve never forgotten how scared I was that day and after. Seeing the images of the planes hitting the towers again and again on TV was a part of my childhood. I had friends who lost parents.
The horrible tragedy in Paris brings back echoes of 9/11. Reading the news reports brought tears to my eyes. I feel so helpless to do anything about the evil of what occurred and the heartbreaking loss of life. My only hope is that the people in Paris are able to begin the road to recovery and that the authorities are able to catch those responsible and prevent further attacks.
Thoughts for the people in France remain central on my mind, and the events have put the stressors of NaNoWriMo in perspective.
That said, I will post this week’s metrics as planned.
I finished the week with a fantastic total of 35,851 words. Subtracting last week’s 21,735 puts this week’s total at 14,116 words. My daily average this past week was 2,016 words, a marked step down from last week. I still wrote and exceeded 1,667 words every day, but my progress was hampered by travel. I had several residency interviews and spent a lot of time on the road and in airports.
If I continue to write 2,016 words per day, I’d be due to hit the 50,000 word mark by November 21. Also, if I maintain this pace for the rest of November, I’d be due to finish with a fantastic 68,107 words!
The biggest lesson I learned this week is how important it is to avoid letting life’s obstacles get in the way of my daily writing. I’ve also grown more practiced at grabbing the odd 15 minute intervals – at my flight’s gate for example – to log some writing time.
Travel concerns made the writing very difficult some days, but I put in the tough hours to make sure I hit my daily 1,667 words. I’ve made considerable progress in telling my story, and it is coming to life. I’m also finding myself more and more excited to write every day, as I’m approaching the story’s climax.
I hope your NaNoWriMo 2015 is going well! Give me a shout in the comments, and good luck with week 3!