50,000 words in one month. I did it.
They’re not perfect. They’re nowhere near being a complete story. In some cases, they’re nowhere near being a coherent story.
But I did it. Just in these last three days, I’ve managed to put more than 7,000 words down, putting me way over the top.
How did I do it – especially that last push?
First, I kept at it. I had my doubts, but I kept sitting down and focusing on the project even if it was just a few words at a time.
This last weekend though was a game changer for me. I went into it thinking I wasn’t going to get much done. After having a conversation with a friend, who happens to be an attorney and one who has to do a lot of writing, she told me how much she loves her Dragon Dictation software.
I had used Dragon Dictation a while back and wasn’t very impressed. It was long enough ago that I’ve since passed on the CD and box it came in, along with the headset.
But I didn’t use it on my computer, which was even more amazing. I put all those words down using their app – on my phone. It took me some time, figuring out how to get the documents from my phone to my Scrivener binder, but I managed and BOOM: 55,532 words. DONE.
At the end, I changed it up a little by doing my writing while on the road, which isn’t exactly sitting in my chair at my computer, I know. I wonder how much of what I dictated will make it to the finished version. Will it be as good, better or worse than what I create when I sit and focus on the screen, instead of the road? That part of the experiment remains to be seen.
I don’t plan to stop writing every day now that I’ve hit the goal. The whole point of participating in NaNoWriMo was to help me develop the habit of writing every day, of being creative, thinking about my story and getting it down, giving me something to work on, to work with. If I don’t have the first draft, what will I rework into a second draft?
And, like I said at the beginning of this post, the story is nowhere near being done.
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