NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 2: Rethinking the outline

Current Word Count: 7860

Hello Everyone,

Today I broke one of the biggest rules about first drafts. I did a bunch of editing. I read through all my work from yesterday, fixing grammar and filling gaps. I won’t be doing that again tomorrow, I swear!

That mistake cost me the first 2 hours of my writing today, and even after spending the rest of the day working, I still only managed a moderate improvement on yesterday’s total. We won’t be hitting the 10K a day range like this!

Still, self-flagellation aside, I’m well ahead of the minimal daily goals, and at this rate, I’ll be finished the first draft late next week. Though, this has brought up a new concern. I might be working through my content too quickly.

In my outline, 3 chapters are marked as optional. So I’ll keep going under the assumption they are for now. But there is a good chance I’ll need them to bulk up the word count in the end. After all, even if I hit 50K in the allotted time, the book should really be over 60K by the time I show anyone.

I’ll keep working at it and try to improve my daily word count again tomorrow. For those wondering, I had a couple of extra weeks of vacation this year, so I pre-booked the first two weeks of November off for this. I consider it a test drive of what life might feel like someday if I figure out this professional writer thing.

As I discussed yesterday, please drop me a line here or on the NaNo site if you want a writing buddy. This is my first time doing this challenge, so I’d be happy to get some advice from a pro!

Published by Jacob Marsh

My name is Jacob Marsh. I am an emerging writer currently swimming around in the Puget Sound looking for fresh fish and even fresher ideas.

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