Renewing NaNo efforts

Though I made a lot of progress during NaNoWriMo back in November, I didn’t finish the book. I didn’t even come close. I told my sister I’d need to do a second NaNo to be able to finish the story, and even that would be questionable. But when was I supposed to find the time?

Over the course of December, I played with the idea of doing another month of hard writing pushes that would get me closer to finishing the book. But January would be devoted to finishing edits on Serpent’s Crown, so that was off the table. The first half of the month was going to be way too busy.

What about February, though? Could I aim to write 50,000 words in February, getting me closer to having the first draft of Spectrum Blade ready to roll? The required daily word count would be a little bit higher than it would be during a longer month, but not high enough that it would be impossible to manage.

But there were a few things in the way. For one, the fact I still try to share videos on YouTube every weekend, so that would be something I’d have to clear from my table if I was going to write 2k words a day for the whole month. It’s a very doable word count for me, but it’s about 1.5-2 hours of work, and that’s the absolute limit of work time I have.

The solution?

Filming a month’s worth of content ahead of time.

January ended up being pretty frenetic, with a lot of projects crammed into the last two weeks while I prepared for my own personal NaNo round 2, ensuring I’d have content to clean up and share through the whole month. I didn’t quite make it, but I got enough made that I could mostly focus on writing, sparing just a day or two each week to preparing videos for release on the weekends.

And how’s it going otherwise?

Well, it’s going. I’ll give a full run-down of my progress at the end of the month, but in the meantime, you can see my weekly progress updates on my author Facebook or Instagram pages.

Here’s to a productive writing month!

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