Who I am, and why I write

Welcome! My name is Erin Manning, and I write clean Young Adult fiction for ages 12 and up. I'm an avid reader and I've been...

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Trying to get ahead

I really don't plan to make this "every other day" posting a thing (though I usually don't post on Fridays anyway so there probably won't be a post tomorrow). I'm just making the usual push to get through the first week of a NaNoWriMo event, and so much about the first week is important.

As I said already, I'm going for 85,000 words. This works out to just over 3,000 words per day, but I like to get ahead in the first week if I can. That "cushion" comes in handy when you hit the dreaded middle section, the place where you're fighting to set everything up so you can start knocking it all down again.

Like most people, I only have so much time to write each day. I do my best work from about 11 p.m. to about 3 a.m. Those four hours need to be productive, because when I get to the weekends I have other things to do, including Mass on Sunday mornings which is usually pretty early for us. Then, too, each NaNoWriMo month has something of a holiday sort: Easter is nearly always in April, Independence Day is July 4th, and Thanksgiving falls in November. So I have to budget extra time to cover those days when time spent with family and community takes priority over writing time.

All of this means that by the end of the day tomorrow, I really need to be at around 18,000 words. Right now, I'm at 12,620. I should be able to do it! But it would be really nice to get ahead to 20,000 if I can.

I'll let you know how it's going on Monday!