Every NaNoWriMo participant knows this magic number. One thousand six hundred sixty-seven words per day for thirty days will get each writer to their 50,000 word goal by the end of November.
That number taunts me.
I set a 50,000 word goal for the month of July during Camp NaNo and I’m wondering how I’m going to achieve this goal.
Should I be the Hare? Do I sprint ahead like I did in Nov 2012 and write six to eight thousand words in a sitting? Now, this did involve copious amounts of caffeine, chocolate, and opportunities to sneak out of my house to write for hours at a time, but it worked for me. And, since I did most of my writing marathons on the weekends, I didn’t feel guilty if something came up during the week that prevented me from writing.
Or, should I be the Tortoise? Do I write 1,667 words each day like I did in Nov 2011 and reach my word goal and stop each day? This means that I have to devote at least an hour a day to writing, which usually means I am up at two o’clock in the morning writing. Two a.m. is the writers’ witching hour – at least it is for those of us who have a kid! 🙂
So, if you write, how do you get those words down on the page? Are you a sprinter, dashing to the finish line, or are you slow and steady, plodding along until you get to the end?
Happy writing to all the tortoises and hares out there!