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How I Wrote 5k in One Day

So, I may have gone a little crazy yesterday. I had always planned to “finish” NaNoWriMo a little early. The earliest I’ve gotten to 50k words in the last 3 years is November 27. That was two years ago with Guarding the Heart. With my original plan of writing 2500 words every day, I should have finished by 11/20. Well, then I adjusted it a little, because I don’t write as much over the weekends as I do during the week. But, I still planned to finish on 11/24. That plan has now gone out the window too, because I crossed the 50k line last night. Yes, I wrote 50k words in 3 weeks. I have never done that before.

So, I’m not actually sure how I did it. I woke up at 4, like I do pretty much every day. Was writing by about 4:30. Kids were up by 6. Typical day around here. This was how my day went in tweets(about half of them part of conversation with Lauren)

So, obviously, I spent about the whole day writing. The boy spent most of the morning watching Fireman Sam or Thomas the Tank Engine(although I think there was some Super Why thrown in there) and playing independently(both of my kids are good at this and actually seem to prefer it). He did have a bit of a meltdown about mid-morning that I had to soothe over. That happens when you’re 3 and don’t take a nap for three days though. He did take a nap yesterday finally.

It felt like I was just chipping away at the words throughout the morning, and yet I managed to rack up over 3k by lunch time

I had only been writing when the kids were sleeping, but now I’ve started writing during the in-between moments. Which is how I got 174 words while dinner was cooking.

And another 855 while sitting on the couch after the kids went to bed.

At that point, my battery was about to die, so I plugged the computer in and decided to call it a night, even though I almost felt like I could write more. That was at 8:30, so that was 5k words in about 16 hours from start to finish.

was happy to see this last night

This obviously would not be an every day occurrence. I think I might burn out if I tried to write that much every day. 2500 words a day is usually a pretty decent pace for me. Although I do like getting the WiP done quickly. In fact, my goal for this month is to finish the first draft. The first time I wrote this story(last year and earlier this year), it was only about 55k and took me over 4 months. This time it looks like it will be between 75-80k and might only take me a little more than 1 month. And I feel better about this version.

Right now I have my daily goals broken up by scenes instead of word count though. I have it worked out for which scenes I need to write each day to finish by the end of the month. I’m a little behind on that, but I should either be able to catch up or finish it during the first week of October. I don’t really want it to go much farther than that since we’ll be getting busy with Christmas stuff then.

Comments on: "How I Wrote 5k in One Day" (3)

  1. Wow, Fallon! That’s great. I’m guessing since you mentioned how many scenes you have left that you’re working with an outline? I’m pretty much pantsing it this year, but I’m still having fun. I’m at 32,861 words right now, but I’m off work today and going to shoot for 5k each day of the weekend. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂

    Have fun finishing the rest of your scenes!

    • Thanks! Yes, I work from an outline. I’ve found at least plotting out most of a story works best for me. Even though some of those scenes change as I write or I add even more.

  2. […] wrong activity, but my husband’s watching football, and I guess it works. If you read my post from Friday or follow me on twitter, you know I “finished” NaNoWriMo early. On Thursday, in fact. […]

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