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NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Update

We are one week in to National Novel Writing Month and I am already behind. Hahahahahaha. Of course I am. Despite my best efforts - and my super organized notebook - I have fallen behind the daily word goal. However, I'm not going to let that get me down and here's why; since last Friday, I have worked out some character issues I had - with my book characters, not myself. I am exactly the same as I was last Thursday. - I have finished and formatted a Lynx & LeRoux Christmas collection with my writing partner, and I have written every day. And, after all, isn't that really the point of National Novel Writing Month? I have also made progress. I began my book at 9,555 and at the time of this writing, I am at roughly 13,000. So, yeah, no where near my goal of 23,000. But here's the thing, I don't really care about word count. I believe books should be however long they need to be; no more, no less.

When I went into this month, I didn't really care the end word count. I cared about getting the characters correct and telling their story. And, because it's a psychological thriller, adding in a fun twist or two. So, really, word count isn't, and never was, my goal.

Jessica and I have other obligations; we're attending Ozark Book Con this Saturday as vendors, and we're setting up a small retail spot inside Rags 'N Roses Collective. What does that mean? Well, it means our books, candles, cross stitch, knit and crochet items will be for sale year round inside a lovely little shop in Greenwood. It also means some of that writing time is now being allocated to getting the booth ready, arranging and rearranging the space until it meets my Virgo specifications, and probably moving everything once more just to be sure.

All of that said, my goal for week two is to write a little more each day. I may not hit that arbitrary 2000 words, but every word gets me closer to my actual end goal - a finished first draft.

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