At this rate, you will finish on February 15th, 2015

Not finish until February 15th? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING! That should be November 30th.

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Oh, how I love NaNoWriMo!

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Seriously, I do.

It’s the ultimate reality check.

Each day, (if you dare!) you put in your word count and it tells you how far away you are from the target – which is 1667 words a day, to finish a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

And it also lets you know when you’ll finish, if you carry on at the current rate.


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SO – I’ve written, let me see, 7672 words so far. To meet the target, I should have written 26,667 – well, some of the digits are the same. So, just a bit behind schedule then.

I tell you what. I’m feeling fine about it. Even though I went to a self-publishing conference yesterday and met several people also doing NaNoWriMo, who were tearing their hair(s) out and holding dramatic hands to brows and saying ‘I’m SO far behind. I’ve only done 18,000/20,000/25,000 words.’

I KNOW I’ve done as much as I can.

Stuff has happened. Unexpected stuff. Unavoidable stuff. And that has stopped me from spending time writing and I know there’s no way I can finish by the end of the month.

I have NOT been procrastinating, time-wasting, making excuses, not being in action whenever I can be.

It’s a great achievement for me to have written so much.

My new novel, Falling Awake, is off to a great start. It simply wouldn’t have happened without the discipline of NaNoWriMo – and I’m LOVING writing it.

That’s success!

And here’s my philosophy on a carefully-designed T-shirt:

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And I WILL finish. My self-imposed deadline is by the end of the year.

Go, Caroline!

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