Saturday, November 26, 2022

NaNoWriMo 2022, Day 25: 47,152 words

It's been a busy few days and I'm not going to even try to catch up with daily blog posts.  Instead, we'll just skip to where I was at the end of yesterday, day 25, not having written today yet.

I had a reasonably good day on Wednesday, with about 1,300 words written that day.  We had a write-in at Barnes & Noble and I got more done than I expected, even though (or perhaps because) my husband and I were the only ones there.

Thanksgiving Day was a whirlwind, between barn chores, my mom coming up to visit, and Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws' house, and I didn't get anything written that day.

This is a huge deal for me, because I was gunning for that daily writing/update badge on the NaNoWriMo site.  I was even going to try to write a single sentence so that I could update my word count and claim the badge.  I have the 7 day, 14 day, and 21 day badges, and I was well on my way to getting the 30-day badge, too.

Ultimately, though, I decided (at the end of the day) that writing just a few words to say that I had wasn't really in the spirit of the badge.  The badge is about creating a daily habit, not just writing a few words to keep the daily update record going.  And I do think I've created a solid daily habit.  But Thursday was a holiday, and I shouldn't make myself guilty for not writing on a holiday, especially one where we end up with a lot of plans for the day.

So I'm mostly okay with my decision.  Sometimes I think I probably should have just written a few words anyway, but I don't regret making the decision I did.  I'm still well on track to reach 50,000 words for the month, which is the "winning" part that I've really been going for.  The badges are just treats along the way.

Yesterday we did our annual museum write-in: I rent a conference room at the museum, we tour the museum in the morning, eat lunch, and write in the conference room all afternoon.  It went really well and we all had a good time.  It's one of our more popular write-ins, so we had 18 people at one point.  I also got 2,175 words, so it was a fairly successful day for me, too.

We're at a write-in right now, as I write this.  I'm not going to work on my novel at the moment, though.  I have a bunch of reading still to do, as I haven't had much time for that the last few days.  But I do hope to work on the novel a little bit later this evening.

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