Today I wrote more than 1400 words on my novel, which is more than it seems, because I planned several of the next chapters, scene by scene, and should be able to rip right through them next week. I do need to take some time tomorrow to lay out more of the book. I had a vague idea where it was going before. This was much more specific. I finally watched a DVD I bought a while back called “How to Write Your Book in 14 Days.” The guy has some great ideas. One of them that I’m sure will help me is to write in 5 minute bursts without stopping. Today, I worked out how to do that with my yWriter5 software and a free timer on my Google toolbar. I am going to stop guilt-tripping myself about wasting so much of this challenge. I now have almost 20,000 words. I’m not counting the first 17,000 for NaNoWriMo, because they are from the challenge last year, but I sure am counting them as progress on my novel! My first draft is almost half finished, and it’s structured, too, so I’m feeling good.