NaNoWriMo Day 8: Why I’m Okay with Hitting Shy of the Mark

In the chart above, you can see that my daily word count is like Zoro’s signature mark, zig zagging. But, on a daily basis, I’m hitting either the mark or just below. I’m okay with not hitting the word count every day. I’m okay with not ‘winning’ NaNoWriMo. Why?

Because I’m writing every day. I’m focusing on one project, not hopping around. It’s forcing me to not hop over to the Shiny New.

Since I’m a NaNoWriMo rebel this year, I started out with 30k. It took me a month to get that word count. I’ve written over twelve thousand words in eight days. That’s remarkable.

I think that people get the numbers and deadlines in their heads and miss the point. Creating a consistent writing schedule, sticking to one project, or making writing a daily habit is the focus, or at least should be.

I hope you all had a wonderful day. Happy writing!

©TJ Deschamps

Photo by TJ Deschamps

Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 8: Why I’m Okay with Hitting Shy of the Mark

  1. Thank you for this and I 100% agree. The discipline is the most difficult part. I often will allow myself to get sidetracked as new ideas come and go. I’ve been a bit more focused of late but have found myself in that trap more times than I can count. You are doing awesome, keep writing!

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