I figured there is no point delaying this, as there is no hope in hell I would finish the story in November. Of course now that I've said it, the story will wrap up in the next 5k, which I could so do by the time November 30th rolled in.
When I set out I had the vaguest idea for the plot, only the general nature of milestones and not much else. I thought the hero would be a good guy, too. >.< This week, literally this week, I realised my planned wrapping point had devolved into a major milestone, hence the no hope of finishing. I am a very poor judge of content versus quantity, though I have to say my careful estimate of how much plot I had for the required 50k proved correct - I finished part one lacking two thousand words, which I could have inserted by going back add clarifying ever other thought.
Anyhoo, my thoughts on
- It is easier than it looks. All you need is a story with a drive and a little strong will. 1,667 words a day is not much, when you consider it - the three short paragraphs I have written up to the dash are almost 200. Not much at all. Heck, tonight I wrote ~4,000. While Simple Things was being written I once or twice churned out almost two chapters a day (and the chapters were roughly 3-3,5k).
- What helps enormously, in my case, is getting ahead from day one. This and the previous year I started typing as soon as the clocks hit midnight, and by the time the regular 1st of November writing time arrived (by which I mean evening) I was done with the daily norm. It doesn wonders for your esteem, the awareness that today's norm has already been reached. Also, it can save your bacon later. :D
- Get distracted now and then. Outside ideas help.
- Finally, tell yourself this: this counts as doing things. XD
Lastly, this is my second NaNo, and for some reason the hero's name is Jimmy in this one too (last year I was writing a fanfic about Jacob, whose name was revealed in canon to be Jimmy). o.O
Oh, and the chemistry test I whined about? I passed, despite the stupid mistake. The result is not so spectacular, but a pass is a pass. ^_____^