8,512 / 50,000
Hee, just how appropriate is this icon for today? XD
I'll be honest with you guys, achieving today's word count was a struggle - the first real struggle I've had with it since NaNoWriMo began. On Mondays I have class from 8:30 to 11:30 (meaning I leave my house at 7:15 a.m.), work from 12:00 to 5:30 and another class from 6:00 to 8:30. The classes are intense and busy, of course, and I have little time for even a lunch or coffee break at work because Monday is editing/pagination day at the paper and we have to "put it to bed" - newspaper lingo - by Tuesday evening latest. So on Mondays the staff and my fellow subeditor and I are basically running around absolutely frantic trying to get everything done. I typically end up pulling overtime on Tuesdays, too, and by the time I get home around 9:00-9:30 on Monday night I'm absolutely exhausted.
Such was the situation tonight. I arrived home without a single word written of my 1,667 allotment for the day, and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and sleep for oh, maybe a hundred years or so. I ate some supper and napped for an hour, and by then I felt rejuvenated enough to pound out the required word count. I'm glad I didn't get behind, even if the act of doing so would be perfectly justifiable on a day like today.
Question for you fellow NaNoers: do you find yourself doing mental word counts of everything you write these days, not just your novel? I do, and it's frickin irritating. Right now, typing this post, I'm thinking, "Okay, this must be at least 300 words by now, maybe I can squeeze out another few hundred before it becomes too wordy?" Heh. It's a tough habit from which to break yourself.