NaNoWriMo Diary – Day 15: The Halfway Point

Soooo, we’re at the halfway point for NaNoWriMo. What a month it’s been so far! Here’s my word total for the day & month:

Day 15: 1,001

Total Word Count: 15,512

My Thoughts So Far

The first fifteen days of NaNoWriMo have seen some great days where I’ve wrote 2,000 in a day, terrible days when I managed only 500, and steady days when I been write at a more consistent rate.

My aim all along has never been to reach 50,000 words over the month, and that’s simply because I’m not far enough down the line as a writer. More importantly, the aim has always been about pushing my limits, maintaining my enthusiasm for writing and learning to manage my time better during the day. Fifteen days in, and 15,512 words later, that’s exactly what I’ve done. Having started NaNoWriMo with 20,000 words written on my current WIP Powerful Minds, I’ve nearly doubled that word count and will most likely end up over 50,000 words for my project by the end of November. 

Hearing of other people’s progress has been fascinating. Some dedicated folks have been managing to hit the 50k mark already, and I tip my hat to them for such great work. Sometimes, I ask myself why on earth I can’t manage this with all my spare time, but the comparison bug, like self-editing during this period. has a lot of potential to dishearten someone from pursuing with their own ambitions.

The real competition in NaNoWriMo is you vs. you, but you’re never beating yourself; you’re bettering yourself. 

I have, however, seen people wanting to throw in the towel. I feel sad that some writers feel that, at some point down the road of putting their magnum opuses together, it just isn’t worth continuing. At times, I feel like it’s my responsibility to finish my project for them, to endure the hardships further and give something back to them that would encourage them to pick up where they left off. 

The road to the finished manuscript is long and paved with moments of self-doubt. You have to take all the positives you can from anything in life and use them to spur you on. You have to re-engineer what could be bad things in life into good things for you. You have to keep your head down, recognise your limits in writing and life and come to terms with them. Some things, like work and family, cannot be avoided, so come to terms with them and be at peace. 

Knowing that I’ve done all I can is the greatest feeling of NaNoWriMo, something I hope you all feel too.

How did all of you get on this month so far? Be sure to let me know and let’s connect with each other!

Happy writing!

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