A blog of the agony and ecstasy experienced while attempting to write a fifty thousand word novel in thirty days. I did mention agony, didn't I ?
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What a great writing day! For the first time this month, the words flowed. I was so into my story that I never once stopped to check my word count (or play games) until I reached the end of the story. I still had a little over 200 words to go at that point so I started my next story. Fingers crossed that tomorrow is just as good as today!
To be honest, this was probably not really a three glass earning day but it was so much better than yesterday that I don't care! I wrote almost 1800 words today and for a change they really did seem to flow. I left my story at a hook so tomorrow should be a good writing day as well. So far I have written one mystery, one science fiction and two macabre. I have no idea what I'll do next. It's gonna be a long month.
I have no idea what happened to this day. I walked my usual three miles and I went to the grocery store. Hmmm, that only took about three hours total and yet I have almost no words to show for all the other hours of this day. This is the first time that the 'WEEK TWO, I SUCK' syndrome has hit me on the very first day.
No fair! I'm hanging it up for now. I plan to try again later and crank out some words. But if not... there's always tomorrow's all day write-in.
Had a good writing day today thanks to the Houston area NaNoers. We met at Cafe Express in Sugarland at 1:30 and chatted, ate, drank, and wrote until about 4:30. Amazing that talking with other writers is less of a hindrance to my word count than Spider Solitaire!! Enjoyed it immensely and plan to do another write-in next week.
A better writing day today, thank goodness. Also an interesting one. My current short story is Science Fiction which is something I rarely read so it is quite the challenge to write.
The biggest difference today is that I spent some time thinking about my story before I sat down at my desk. Also, I jotted down some notes so I wouldn't be flying totally by the seat of my pants once I got started.
I am half, three quarters through with this story so I know, if I want another good day, I'd best figure out the next one before I sit down tomorrow.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Based on today's word count (1884) I don't really deserve a three wine day but I had such a rough writing day that I need it anyway! I am really regretting my choice to do short stories. I needed a lot more prep time than I took for this. I have finished another story (in the most extreme sh$!ty first draft form imaginable!) so I think I'll move on to a different one tomorrow. I will try to take some time and come up with a few plot points before I start the writing. Anything is better than flying blind like I did with this one.
Absolute minimum effort today. My son came to visit so I at least I 'talked' some of my stories. I'll work twice as hard tomorrow, I'm sure!
Wish I could remember why I thought it would be a good idea, fun even, to write multiple short stories for NaNo this year. I wrote 1,742 words today, the first 933 of which were fairly easy since I was finishing up my first story. Then I had to settle my brain into a totally different point of view. So not easy! Not only is the POV different but the genre is different also. My first story was macabre, the second is mystery and I am afraid I am toast! Or I will be by the time this month is over. Oh well, hopefully it will get easier as the days c r a w l past. I exceeded my minimum word count today so I should award myself two wines but it was such a struggle and I played so many games of Spider Solitaire in the process that I'm thinking I only deserve one.
Day two is in the books and I wrote 2004 words. Woohoo! I'm a little worried that I'll still be happy with my decision to write a bunch of short stories this month. When I finish the first one tomorrow I'll likely be well short of my 1,667 words for the day. Not sure how difficult (or easy) it will be to switch gears and write a totally different POV.
This does not bode well for my NaNo attempt this year. Before I even opened up my manuscript file I started procrastinating. I decided to put a shortcut on my computer for my word count spreadsheet.
Not a problem. Takes a minute, no more. But then I decided I wanted a different icon and I spent half an hour searching for 'just the right one'! I'm afraid I am doomed!
5:09 p.m. Phew! All is not lost... not yet anyway. I managed 2,142 words today! I live to write another day.