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Word Count as of This Morning

That counter on the side won’t load, but as of now I’ve got: 4,730.

Gotta pack up and go to work, but I don’t want to stop. But I need to stop or else I’ll be late.

What I need is a more flexible job.

Anyway, I’m getting a lot of words out for now, but I don’t imagine that’ll hold up. I know, I just know, there will be days coming up this month when not a word can be squeezed out of me, not to mention the days lost for holiday traveling and holiday eating and holiday recovery from both. So it’s good to get a little bit ahead now, while I can. Problem is, I realize that a lot of these words will have to be cut when I go back and revise after this month is over. My sentences are gargantuan. My sentences are novels of their own. But that’s for later. Yes, I know, I know: no cutting, no smoothing, no editing, no rewriting paragraph one, not yet! I have been known to spend months fiddling with a single paragraph. This NaNo’ing is an experiment against my very nature. That might be why it could help me.

If not? If I write crap and want to burn it afterward? No worries—I won’t even print the thing out. It’ll be like the month of November 2007 never happened, which if you look back at my productivity over the past several months is no big loss.

The thing is: This NaNo thing is fun. So far, anyway. Let’s check back day 15 and see if I say the same thing.

p.s. Someone is typing madly beside me, in the zone. Might he be doing NaNoWriMo, too?

10 thoughts on “Word Count as of This Morning

  1. Hi Nova

    I just blogged about the same thing. Hehehe. Yes, fully packed paragraphs as if they are going away on a long, long holiday. Steamer trunk sentences. You get the point. And yes! Mid month I can imagine being thrilled if I manage 10 words, but it feels great now, doesn’t it?

  2. I’m terrible for spending ages editing a single paragraph. I figure that even if, at the end of the month, my characters are flat and my plot is at a dead end, at least I’ll have learnt to ignore my inner editor a little. I hope.

  3. Raise the prison walls on that inner critic, that beast of a perfectionist, and that diva of literary style… just let out the innocent creative child and let her write any nonsense she wants.

  4. Go go go, nova! Woot. don’t overthink it. Don’t worry about it. Just DO it. I am so excited for you, and it’s pretty fabulous to hear you are having fun. You’ve had a rough year – you deserve it.

  5. All right Nova! I’m really thrilled you’re doing this. You’ve got that novel inside you, and it’s so wonderful that you’re getting it all down on paper. xo, BL

  6. It *is* fun, isn’t it? I am so glad you joined this year. Also, I have to say that I had a similar moment of curiosity the other day in the coffee shop after work. there was another laptopper there. He looked stressed and was wearing his suit, but pulling loose his tie. he was the very picture of the word “harried.” We typed madly at about the same clip, both got up and got a cup of coffee, and pretty much left at the same time. I really wanted to ask him if he was doing NaNo, but he might have been shooting off angry emails all offical-like or something.

    Perhaps we should all wear a pin or something so that we can recognize, possibly commisserate, or possibly just smile and ignore each other in public places?

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