>The final run! 35k in 7 days

>So I’m sure you’ve noticed. I’m behind. WAY behind. I’ve hit a wall of depression (unrelated to NaNo) and lack of motivation, but today is the day that I’m going to break through it and write anyway.

So who’s with me? Who is going to race to the finish?
Will you beat me there? ARe you behind? So behind you don’t think you can recover?
You can. I’ve done 50k in 10 days. Sure, couldn’t use a keyboard for a month. But I DID it. And I’m going to do this.
Even if I have to start a war to do it.
Let the games begin.

>Not my best day

>Since I’m suffering from an unpleasant case of RSI, I haven’t been able to get much writing done today. I’ve churned out about 600 words, but considering my previous rate, that’s just plain pitiful. My NaNoWriMo progress report isn’t helping, either, since it’s tell me I should be done by the end of the day. Paul really needs to check his equations for that thing, because they are really, really off. Based on my current pace, it’s telling me I should write over 10k today.

I’m good, but even on my best day this month I haven’t broken 8k. I don’t know where it’s getting those numbers.

Anyway, I’m taking it easy, and just typing a little. I need to get back to it, but I’m going to try and hit the minimum 1,667 for the day (if I don’t, I won’t be upset) just to keep on track. I am, however, going to attempt to finish by this weekend. I may not be able to, depending on how long my schoolwork takes, but I’m going to try. If I do, that will set a new record. My current record for finishing NaNo is 14 days, and that was the first year. I will then continue until the entire first draft is finished.

Hang in there, my fellow wrimos. Week two is always the hardest. Keep chugging along, and it’ll get better in week three, I promise.

>Repetitive Stress Injury

>I’m paying for my speed and high word count.

Last night, when I went to bed, my wrist and hand were killing me. At first, I thought it was my old nemesis, arthritis, poking me because of the downturn in temperature, but the pain was different, and seemed to be radiating up along the tendon.

Dammit.

I smell carpal tunnel.

I spent something close to six or seven hours at the keyboard yesterday, so I’m honestly not surprised.

The good news is, I’m in the home stretch. 38500, just 15k to go. The story sagged a bit, but I finally got over the hump, added a new character to the dynamic duo’s group (an old wizard who can’t cast spells anymore), and pushed them a few steps closer to the artifact. I got to introduce a cool new mount, getting rid of their horse in favor of this neat little cat thing that’s native to Dirge. I did discover that in spite of my plans to make Caedas short and Salissa tall, they’ve apparently switched, because now Caedas likes to tower. Dammit. I was trying to avoid that. Oh well, characters really don’t listen sometimes. I’m going to let them do what they want.

My goal for this month is to actually finish the first draft, not just hit 50k. I want an editable work for December, something to start flogging into a publishable state. And if I finish early, then I’m going to keep writing. Not sure on what, but I want to write the full 30 days.