So, after Week 3, I can report officially that there are benefits and drawbacks to getting a ton of writing done in Weeks 1 and 2.
The idea that you should write as much as you can when you’re starting out, to create a buffer against emergency disasters and the dreaded slump days, is an excellent one. I definitely fall prone to things that “come up” and ruin my carefully laid plans, as well as days filled with ennui where I can’t imagine writing.
However, I have now reached the place where all that effort early on has drawbacks. I am just beginning Week 4 today, and I have almost hit my goal already, so I have begun slacking off in my writing a bit. I could really have finished my 60k before Week 3 was over, if I had been willing to write as furiously as I did during the first half of the month.
But instead, I know that I am close to my goal, and I also know that I have a full week left to get there. I do very much want to finish early, and that has helped me have the occasional day where I write more than my 2,000 word minimum…but I’m also having more days where I fall short, and I can’t scold myself too severely for them because I’m already almost there, so there’s no real harm done.
Getting far ahead in Week 1 means that I’ve lost the authority to guilt myself into big writing days. That has been my most notable realization as I leave behind Week 3. I should be done by the end of tomorrow, in all honesty, even if I don’t write much more than my minimum. That will be later in the month than my original optimism hoped for, but still pretty impressive. I will try to remind myself of that when I feel like I should have done better. 🙂
Today’s word count: 4,252
Total word count: 58, 402
Today’s excerpt: “I see her.” Coralie suddenly felt very cold. That couldn’t be her sister. She was always so strong, and that person…was she even breathing? This had to be a mistake. And yet her feet seemed to be moving on their own, taking her closer and closer to the figure on the pavement with the red hair and lifeless complexion.