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NaNoWriMo 2016: Week Two Recap

So, the second week of NaNo is over. That was a thing and it happened.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Week Two Recap

Word count

8. 2,402
9. 2,026
10. 10,095
11. 2,066
12. 4,584
13. 2,097
14. 2,110
15. 2,120
Week Two Total: 27,500
Overall Total: 44,268 (19,268 words ahead of schedule)

I kept up my streak of writing 2,000 words a day. Week two is usually the toughest because of the “slump,” but I was lucky and actually had three days off from work. I was able to get in a little extra writing done on each day.

On the 10th, I had the house to myself and no work so I challenged myself to write 10k that day. And I met my goal! That extra boost of words have helped because I’ll reach 50k a lot sooner than I originally thought.

Short stories

 

I have 14 short stories left to write, which mean I’ve written 38. When I first started this I thought each story would be about 1,000 words so I would end up writing 52,000 words during the month. A handful of stories turned out to be about 2,000 words long while others were about 500 words.

This isn’t a big deal, but if I stuck with my 1,000-word rule, I’d have about 8 stories left to write as opposed to 14. In other words, my Short Story Sundays for next year will be well over 52,000 words. I wonder how much of it I’ll get done by the end of the month?

 

The process

 

I think I’m starting to slow down a bit… Especially after that 10k day I think my mind is screaming at me. But I’ve been staying strong! Writing has continued to go pretty smoothly.

Week three

I would like to finish all 52 stories by the end of the month if I can. However, keeping up the 2k a day, I’ll reach 50,000 words on this Friday, the 18th. I still want to write a little bit every day for the rest of the month, but I’m not going to force myself to write 2,000 words every day if I don’t have the time or just don’t feel like it.

I want to keep the routine and hopefully finish the 52 stories, but it won’t be as big of a priority. I’m usually pretty good at balancing NaNo and life, but this month has been so crazy compared to past Novembers. I’ve had a lot of family events happen so balancing that with NaNo and then everything else. (Like blogging… I’ve neglected all my fellow bloggers and totally ignored everyone’s posts this month… sorry, guys!)

How is NaNoWriMo treating you? Are you enjoying your writing project so far? Let me know in the comments! 

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

11 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2016: Week Two Recap

  1. Way to go! Great job 🙂
    I’m actually having it hard this NaNo, it just seems like a very busy November this year. I’m a little behind on the word count, but planning to fix that today (hopefully).
    You’re on a good streak, so have fun! Happy writing 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      I agree that this November was a lot busier than past Novembers. That’s why I was thankful to have that day off of work to write as much as 10k to get a good boost.
      Good luck catching up. You can do it! 🙂

  2. I’m sufficiently jealous. Full time work sometimes, sucks. I’m only about 5K+ words into my novel and I’m already disappointed I haven’t been able to maximise the limited time I get to write.

    1. As long as you try to write a little bit each day-100 words or 1,000-that’s an accomplishment.
      November is a tough month. Remember that the 5k you’ve written so far is more than you would have without NaNo. And we’re only halfway through the month. You still have plenty of time.
      Good luck. 🙂

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