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Wednesday's Word Count - Nano Style

I haven't done my NaNoWriMo words for today yet, but here's my Wednesday update, as promised:

Current word count: 5,043.

Goal last week:


Words 'til finish: 44,957/1729 words a day until Nov 30th.

Goal this week: 11,670.

Comments: I'm writing! I'm writing! And so far I'm staying on track. Now, what I've written royally sucks as far as I'm concerned, but I mainly wanted to push myself to let go and stop being overcritical. I think I've managed that. I'm tempted to slow down now and put more quality into what I'm writing but I'm not sure I should. We're only four days in. Might be better to keep pushing myself until I've gotten a good lead on Inner Editor, if ya know what I mean.

And for you curious souls, I'm writing an MG fantasy for NaNo this time around. Fun, fun!

Your turn! Post your word count (NaNo or normal) updates in the comments!


  1. You're doing awesome! I'm at 6500, but I'm trying not to stay ahead so I can take weekends off--we'll see.

  2. I'm glad to see you're writing! I'm at 7410 as of today. I'm loving how I can't delete any sentences and rewrite them. I keep telling month. Then I get excited about everything all over again and keep writing. I'm learning a lot :)

  3. I feel embarrassed admitting I'm over 18K on my nanovel.

  4. I'm at about 4k... but I do spurts.

    way to go!!!!!!!!! Great job turning off that internal editor!

  5. 6900 for me.
    I keep seeing people flying away (Aimee, I'm looking at you here!), and feel like I'm being lazy or failing somehow.
    It's going to be interesting to see if I can keep the pace up.

  6. I admire all of you. Keep up the great work and good luck. CHEER!

  7. I'm at 8500 and I have to say I sometimes do a little editing. I know that is a no-no, but it's just little things. I'm having a great time!

  8. Yay Casey! So glad you're writing again! Letting go of your inner editor is liberating once you get into a flow.

    I am at about 7500 words so far. And happy about it. :)

  9. MG fantasy, what fun! Keep it up!

    Not participating in NaNo, but happy to cheer you on.

  10. That's great that you've broken through the dry spell.

    I'm only at 978 words for NaNo, but I have BIG plans for this weekend. Big I tell you.

  11. Well done! Keep it up!

    I'm not's NaNoPloMo for me (National Novel Plotting Month). But I've got POV sorted so far...YAY!

  12. 3826 as of right now... Good thing I have off tomorrow! IDK how people have so much already! It's only the 4th day!

  13. I think you should ignore your inner editor for now. If you must edit, don't fix things, just put a note in parenthesis within the text so you don't forget your idea. The goal is to get through your block, and you're doing that, so don't mess with what's working! Of course your inner editor is itching to get it's greedy little hands on that manuscript. Don't listen to it. Stay away from the Dark Side!

  14. I am the exact same way. NaNo has been so good for me in this way. It's a craptastic 6200 words so far, but it's out of my brain and on the paper (well, computer). That's the important part!

  15. Fantastic pace!
    ..your success is our success, so keep it up.

    Me, I am failing straight out of the gate but, I am still running, and that is fine.

  16. Yay! Hooray for your progress! I started on Nov. 1st, but I couldn't get into my story. So today I started over. I'm behind on my word count, but 2015 words in one day isn't bad!

  17. WTG! Remember December is for editing....

  18. I've just cracked 20,000 words so I'm more than a little happy, especially since I changed stories completely on day 3! Oh well, for now I'm including the 7,500 words of the original story I wrote on Nov 1 & 2 - I figure they are still words I wrote in November :) NaNo was the single most powerful tool to silence my inner editor. I did my first NaNo last year and she hasn't returned with the same relentlessness since then. I hope you experience the same! Happy writing (not editing :P).

  19. You're doing great, Casey, congrats! I'm at 2899. I would be higher had I not become sick. :-P Too tired to write.

  20. 6825 baby! 14% according to my handy-dandy-NaNo meter- thanks to you!
    My writing is complete drivel, but I think I have a solid story there somewhere. I do edit a word here or there- I can't leave total gobbly-gook on the page :)

  21. I've surprised myself with a stunning 15,011 words so far and am enjoying every minute of the sucky writing. It's nice to kick that inner editor out the door for a month,anyway. Congratulations to us all!

  22. 6735 and I haven't completed my writing for today yet. The best pace I've had on any NaNoWriMo year for me yet. Inner editor - bye bye for another 25 more days! And I've gone cold turkey on reading too so that I don't get tempted to hunker into a novel instead of my own writing. Good luck everyone!

  23. WOW~ great job everyone! I love seeing the writers out in droves.

  24. The overcritical thing is so hard. It's the hardest thing for me. I can't not edit as I write. It's killing me!!!

  25. 7145. Yahoo! And I'm ignoring the atrociousness of some of it, even if it kills me.

  26. I'm behind but catching up - hitting 8000 today. :)

  27. There is an awesome amount of writing going on this month! Great job, everyone! I'm getting rather behind, but your progress is amping me up for a weekend of catch up.

    Keep it up!