Way back at the start of November, I committed to the National Novel Writing Month goal of 50,000 words in a month.
I’ve done lots of writing in the past, never thought I’d do a binge one, but was feeling a little lethargic about my HR Guide. I want a full update for January, so I buckled down and wrote, wrote, wrote.
I had hoped to reach 70K, but life intervened. I found it difficult to write much at night, and I was using a poor physical setup to write close to my son’s computer. He was also writing and I was impressed with his commitment. Not sure how we’ll maintain that going forward, but we’ll find a way. He’s got a good idea, but keeping the faith will be hard for him.
I set a blazing initial pace, hitting 30K+ easily by the mid-point. Then, I got kind of distracted. On the last day, I was about 2000 words short of the 50K goal. So I stayed at my computer until I finished the section I was on, blazing to a final total of 50,925. I’ll do the rest after Christmas probably. We’ll see, I need to do some more planning and outlining this week so I can finish on time. I have a deadline of early January, and I really want to meet it.
Over the last three days, I’ve finished a long chapter on understanding the HR process, added a section on acknowledgements, and drafted most of a chapter on searching for government jobs. Friday (Day 5) was 3865 words, Saturday was a light day for writing (918 words) but I did a bunch of research, and Sunday (Day 7) was back up to 3373 words. Call it 8156 over three days. My new combined total is 24,378 words, or about 34.8% of my 70K estimate for the guide. Jacob added 500 words on Friday and took Saturday and Sunday off. This brings …Continue reading →
Tonight was a bit of a tough slog for content, part of a very long chapter for the HR guide. I did about half of it. Understanding the HR Process…Overview…Understanding Merit…Step 1 Needs…Step 2 Advertising (including clearance, etc.) I managed to get 4481 words today. My new combined total is 16222, or about 23.2% of my 70K estimate for the guide. Jacob added 481 words to his fantasy novel, bringing his total to 1637, or 13.6% of his 12K goal for the month.
About 2.5h tonight of actual writing, but a few hours earlier of research and collation of bits to help me write later. Today I was on to chapter 3, understanding types of government jobs. Types of Jobs …Functional classification …Life beyond the three big categories …Departmental Roles I managed to get 4318 words today, which generally flowed pretty well. I’ll have to cut it down in editing, but it’s not bad as it is. My new combined total is 11741, or about 16.8% of my 70K estimate for the guide. Jacob added 277 words to his fantasy novel, bringing his …Continue reading →
I was so happy with my progress on day one. 5500 words, I noted. It seemed high, but I didn’t really question it. I do write fast, it’s non-fiction, and I’m working from a solid draft even though it’s pretty much a complete rewrite of the earlier version. I’m not keeping much at all. And today, I worked about the same amount of time, but had 2000 fewer words. Wait a minute…oh, I see what I did. I wrote down 5500 instead of 3500 yesterday. It’s actually 3536 and I just duplicated the 5. Oops. Well, okay. Today I was …Continue reading →