Fast Draft: Check Point.

I've known since I first mentioned participating in Fast Draft that I would write this post. And if I'm completely honest, I was terrified. Especially after my less than stellar performance at Camp Nanowrimo. After Candace posted her rules I went from terrified to near panic mode.

Candace Havens
Candace - striking fear into slow writers everywhere

So in case you missed it, I'm in Candace Haven's Fast Draft class this month and our assignment is to write 5000 words a day, every day, for two weeks.

Now that we're halfway done, it's a good time to let you know where I'm at.

I am pleased to inform you that I have hit my 5000 words every day this week. The support from the other class members is amazing and Twitter sprints have saved me from calling it quits a couple of times. Knowing that I have to post to the group how many words/pages I wrote every day also helps to keep me accountable. I would be mortified to post I had anything less than 5K.

As an extra bonus, I've written more than my quota almost every day so my grand total for the week is.....drum roll please....36,175 words! 

I've been really pleased with my progress and the surprises my characters are throwing at me that I didn't expect. I'm also really excited by how much I'm enjoying the process.

I'm not sure why, but Nano felt a bit like torture to me. I couldn't get the words to flow and nothing in my story was working. But somehow, with a tighter deadline and a higher word count goal, writing is fun again.

I can't wait to get through the rest of this story, and then it's on to Revision Hell. I have no idea what this entails other than fixing the drafts we're writing now. If you asked me last week how I felt about it, I would have said terrified. But now I'm looking forward to it.