I was warned. I was warned by a fair number of NaNoWriMo vets that weeks 2 and 3 suck. They’re really difficult. You just have to suck it up and keep writing. Today, November 5, has been my slowest writing day to date, with a production of 2,020 words, still some 400 over the 1,667 average of what you need each day. I’m doing more than fine with the wordcount, but I’ve never, never felt this DRAINED from writing. I was happy to get a good push to start, but man… It’s only November 5 and already I’m feeling the drag. I started off SO well that the burnout hit even before week 2.
I know I’ll be fine though. I’m already over half-way, and I know this burnout is normal because everyone who’s done NaNo that I’ve talked to has mentioned it. I’ll make sure to get around 2000 words a day from this point out, maybe 3000 if I’m feeling like I want to keep going, and I’ll finish 50,000 well ahead of time.
One reason I’m glad I got such a jump is that Friday is a HUGE day for me. BOOK RELEASE! “The Magic Council” comes out, and “The Crimson League” will be free for download on amazon for November 9 and 10th. Those events will take a huge chunk of time away from me, obviously. But that’s fine because I have NaNo in a good place. And a little bit of a breather will do me good.
So, there’s my update. GOOD LUCK to all other WriMos!