When I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of writing 30,000 words for the month of April, I have to admit that I didn’t think it would be too hard. I mean, let’s do the math. 30,000 words in 30 days averages to 1,000 words a day. How bad can that be?
Turns out it pretty hard. We’re at day 13, and I’m at a grand total of 7,436 words.
Thanks to the cool statistic function in the Camp NaNoWriMo website, I’ve written an average of 572 words of day – and in order to meet my goal, I’ll need to write 1,254 words every day between now and 30 April. (Insert sigh here)
I agree with Robert Cormier’s quote above: you DON’T have to get it right the first time when you’re writing. But it’s pretty darn depressing when you re-read something you thought was going to be the next classic novel, only to find your five year old cousin could do better. That’s where I feel I’m at right now. And when I’m not even at 50% of my goal and I’m almost 50% of the way through the month, it makes 30,000 words seem like 30,000,000.
Easy for you to say, Ernest. Easy for you to say.