– 6711. That’s my current NaNoWriMo word deficit.
For the first four days, I got nothing done mostly because of work. But I also had problems with the story I wanted to tell, mostly from lack of preparation. Dean Wesley Smith likes writing by the seat of his pants. Get an idea and just plow forward, for the most part. But I’m not completely comfortable with that yet. I like to have at least some idea of where the story will end up before I start.
For this story, I’ve had to do some worldbuilding which is a pain when you had little or no prep time prior to getting started so I really have been building a world from the sit of my pants. It fits in with the true spirit of the NaNoWriMo exercise.
Butt in chair, hands on keyboard, and write.
Once this story got moving, I’ve been able to hit the daily word count goal. I haven’t been able to cut into the deficit yet, but I think I can manage that by taking better advantage of my days off.
I’d also like to offer a NaNo tip, if I may:
If your progress is lacking because of worldbuilding – particularly figuring out what to call things, or what to name characters as they come up – just put in anything. It doesn’t matter what you call anything as long as you call it that same thing through to the end of the story. This has been a tremendous help, keeping me from being bogged down with such details. When the story is done, you can rename things what they should be later. That is the wonder of the Find and Replace feature in your word processor.