I've been keeping up with Nano, which I'm really chuffed about considering all the other stuff I've been juggling. I haven't been maintaining the daily wordcount updates because I was doing that on the Nano website and some days even doing that was hard. I have now hit the 42,000 word mark and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I do have to write 2,000 words a day to make up 50,000 words, but that won't be a problem. I'll probably have to keep writing a little while longer to get down all the scenes I've got on my list. Then the truly hard work will begin-trying to mould this miss-mash of words into something resembling a draft.
At the moment I've just got a word document with headings and have slapped down words, notes, etc without any crafting or attempt to write well. There's lots of telling and not showing. It basically reads like a hundred anecdotes one after the other.
Now I'm going to have to move things around and figure out what goes where, and frame each chapter. Then go through and do the crafting. Having seen how the words have multiplied in such an amazing way by writing every day I now know I need to continue breaking up the process into small manageable chunks.
So for now-2,000 words a day until Friday. Wish me luck. The end is nigh.
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Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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