Week 8/13: 61,608 words (and thinking about NaNoWriMo 2018)

I’m still on-schedule according to the 13-week plan!

I needed to get at least 5,000 words into Beat #6, and I’m 7,789 in — and 61,608 in total. I’ve breached the three-quarters mark!

I really, really hope I can keep this up.

Writing desk!

I mentioned last week that I had a writing desk arriving from IKEA.

Well, here’s the corner of my living room last Sunday…

…and here’s my fantastic new desk!

Oh my stars, it’s wonderful to be able to sit down to write.


I don’t think I could’ve written this much today if I’d been stuck back on the sofa or on the bed. Just sitting, with a real chair, is… well, it still feels like a luxury. Damn, I love it.

Now then, NaNoWriMo…

I hadn’t grokked how close we are to NaNoWriMo until I started receiving Rachael Stephen’s Prep_tober emails.

And now, it’s on my mind.

According to my current plan, I’ll have the first 80,000-word draft of Esthree Postbuild and the Agency of Dragons and Stars and Things done by the end of September.

If — if — I hit that goal, then I reckon I’ll let that first draft sit for a couple of months, while I do Preptober and NaNoWriMo for the second book in the series, tentatively titled Esthree Postbuild and the V.O.I.D.

And if I don’t finish that first draft by the end of September, then I’ll skip NaNoWriMo and focus on finishing what I’ve started.

That’s my plan.

But… why?

I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for a few years now, and I’ve never completed it.

But, every year, I get a little bit closer. Every year, I’m a little bit better. Every year, my strategy is more refined, my planning is more complete, and my words-per-hour is greater.

So, if — if — I take part, I’ll be playing to beat my last highscore and measure my improvements. Winning would be lovely, but it’s more of a benchmark than anything else.

What about you? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Are you preparing yet?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Reghan says:

    I’m strangely excited about your new desk! (That’s one thing I haven’t had to buy for my own workspace revamp, but I’m tempted every single time I go to Ikea.) Having a dedicated space like that really does work wonders.

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    1. It’s a l-o-v-e-l-y desk! It’s a bamboo top, and… well, fairly standard legs. But it does the job, for sure! The *next* dream after this one is to have my *own* desk where I can leave my iPad out. This one is shared with my boyfriend who makes D&D models, so we’ve got a shared responsibility to keep it clear of personal junk. 😎

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