NaNoWriMo updates: the halfway point

It’s day 16 of the 30-day writing challenge, National Novel Writing Month. And guess what? I am actually on track for once.

Today I started at 23,699 words, and as of the time I am writing this post I have reached 26,741 words. At this time last year, I was at only 23,050 words, but at this time during the July Camp NaNo I was at 39,288 words. Now, I can justify why I am not writing quite to what I did in July.

1. In July I was on summer vacation from school. I am really only writing in my novel on the weekend because there is just so much that I have to do for school. Every week I am balancing being at school for 7 hours Monday-Friday, then doing notes for AP U.S. Government & Politics and completing homework for my AP Statistics class.

2. Newspaper. JagWire takes all of my time, but it is really worth it. Our issue that came out Nov. 7 was probably the best one in many years, and its because of the amount of attention that my fellow editors and I are giving to it. Plus the first week of November was deadline week, so I was at school until 9:00 p.m. each night.

3. Its November. November is a busy month: my brothers birthday, multiple rock concerts to attend, Thanksgiving, Christmas decorating time, etc.

That being said, today has been very successful. I have broken through a minor case of writer’s block and I am going full-speed ahead. And, I’ve managed to listen to 92 Judas Priest songs in one day. That alone is an accomplishment.

And then there’s my cat. This is what she does while I write…

My 13-year-old cat, Maize. She loves to be in my way all of the time.
My 13-year-old cat, Maize. She loves to be in my way all of the time.

I love her, but goodness, does she have to block the keyboard so that I have to be all ninja with my arms?

I will leave you all with a chart of my total word count by day so far this month.

  1. 3756
  2. 7760
  3. 7760
  4. 7760
  5. 7760
  6. 7760
  7. 8902
  8. 10653
  9. 14871
  10. 15513
  11. 20729
  12. 20729
  13. 20729
  14. 20729
  15. 23699
  16. So far: 26741

Author: Chase Charaba

Hello there! I'm Chase, an ambitious, aspiring young novelist and YouTuber who hopes to get a novel published one day. I'm also trying to produce the highest quality YouTube videos by constantly learning new ways to film and edit. I've been involved in journalism for 5 years, including 1 year as co-editor of a national award-winning high school newsmagazine and 1 year as the co-editor of an award-winning college newspaper. I write mainly epic/high fantasy, but I also mess around with science fiction, horror, and realistic fiction.

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