NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 14


Once again, I really didn’t want to write, but then I did and I got 2,399 words. They were super full of typos, though, the most red-squiggly-lined writing sessions of the month.

Here are my favorite typos of the day: responisibilties, wildnerness, conincidence. They’re especially great if you say them aloud. The great thing about the coincidence typo is that I made it MULTIPLE TIMES. 

When Shaun got home we walked to our polling location and voted and got to come home at sunset, which was very satisfying.

The last sentence I wrote:

One of old Mr. Thwaite’s dear friends shot the creature.



24092 / 50000 words. 48% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 13


I basically went from “I guess I won’t be writing at all today!” to “Oh! I just wrote 2,824 words.”  It was a rough start. I’m having another rough start today, to the extent that writing this blog post feels like treading water. I don’t know what else to say. Things are hard and then they’re easier and then they’re hard again but I’m pretty sure they’ll be easier again, too.


I got my Vistaquest VQ1005 camera out. The way it makes the world look cheers me up.


The last sentence I wrote:

She wasn’t sure if she wanted the coziness of falling into a familiar book or the more riveting excitement of reading something for the first time.



21693 / 50000 words. 43% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 11 & 12

I didn’t write on Saturday.


Yesterday, we took care of some weekend chores and then I wrote a couple of half hours. The first one went really well, I got 1038 words, the second one, not quite as good with 825. It was very mindless writing. I’m definitely in the terrible week twos, which is really whatever week it is that takes me from 15k to 30k and then things get a little bit easier. I have a handful of scenes I want to have happen, but I don’t actually know everything that’s going on yet. I accidentally skipped a scene but I’m holding onto it, I’ll go back and write it at the end if I need the words and I’ve taken note of where it should go. This is The Slog and I just have to get through it.


The last sentence I wrote:

Her hands were shaking as she dropped the stockings on the floor.



18869 / 50000 words. 38% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 10


Yesterday I wrote just enough to keep a little bit of a lead. I did three sprints, a 15, a 20 and a 10 minute and got 1,653 words. I spent most of the day moving furniture and cleaning house to prepare for Christmas decorations.

The last sentence I wrote:

You can tell the feelings that they’re wrong until the cows come home, but then you’re left with feelings and cows.


17006 / 50000 words. 34% done!


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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 9

img_20171109_120408.jpgI actually got back on track yesterday! Having written 11 complete NaNoWriMo novels (After 4 failures, never give up!), I have gotten better at pushing through the slumps. I know the pattern of highs and lows and I know that if I just spend the lows describing furniture I will eventually find something that sparks another high. A lot of description wouldn’t make the final draft, but the process of describing a place gets you into the scene. It’s like doing research in your own imagination. I also know that even if I only write 600 words one day I’m completely capable of writing 3,950 another, and that’s what I did yesterday. ♥

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

She supposed she would get used to it, and more, spending her time with the two active little girls.

15353 / 50000 words. 31% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 8

(These are photos I took when I was working on my NaNoWriMo ten years ago! More little updates on that on my ten.years.ago instagram.)

I had a pretty successful writing day yesterday. I had my best sprint times with @NaNoWordSprints so far this year. My best times were 520 in a 15 minute sprint and 1082 in a 30. I’m basically having a lot of exposition right now that would normally be hinted at and alluded to, but I don’t know it all myself, so I have to let the characters tell me all in one go. It’s fun and fast to write, but probably not super fun to read.

My novel is definitely doing that thing, though, where a story is building and the characters know things I don’t know yet, they catch on to things that I had accidentally laid groundwork for. For boring example: There were really nice beauty products in the bathroom, and the main character was surprised by them, but now it has been revealed the the orphan twins’ mother owned a beauty company. It’s super subtle and boring but also magical when there ends up being a reason for some random scene that just happened because I knew I could get a lot of words describing nice toiletries.

At the end of the day, I got 2,113 words written. I’m still about that much behind, but I’m chipping away at it. I’m hoping for some more 3k days!

The last sentence I wrote was a character telling me something I did not, in fact, know:

She was his older sister, you know.

11403 / 50000 words. 23% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 7


I didn’t start writing until the afternoon and then my computer started acting weird. The monitor has been doing glitchy things for a while. I think the connection might have been a little dusty, I reconnected things and: so far so good! That and my late start and few other chores meant that I didn’t get much done on my novel. I wrote for about 20 minutes and got 670 words for the day. Oh well!


The last sentence I wrote:

“My brother Cloyd worked here in the stables and got me on not long after Xavier’s parents were married.”




9290 / 50000 words. 19% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 5 & 6


I didn’t write on the fifth. I dismantled Halloween outside and took care of a few more household chores. We watched lots of TV and went for a lovely autumnal walk and it was a pretty relaxing day.


I wanted to write straight away on Monday, but I had lots of little photo chores to do. If I didn’t want to spend the time making my triplicate backups of video, I needed to do some quick editing and uploads.* But you know, quick video editing is a time suck.  Then I had photos to edit and Patreon posts to make and it took a couple of hours so I didn’t get started writing until almost 10am.

I did some sprints on twitter with @nanowordsprints and got 2929 words written. Before noon! I actually thought I might write more but I moved on to bullet journal upkeep and logged the words in pen so *shrug*.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote, it’s a rough one:

He looked over at Philomena with a sparkle of boyish laughter in his brown eyes.



8620 / 50000 words. 17% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 4


I spent a lot of the day moving between browser tabs and doing things that one could say had something to do with my novel. I got my list of names-to-grab-when-my-mind-blanks put together. I read forum posts. I procrastinated spectacularly.

It was double-up donation day on the NaNoWriMo site. I donated. I also thought: You know what? I have never had such a low word count on double-up day, I could actually double my word count today! I continued to procrastinate.

Every time I went into the kitchen, I screamed a little because it’s such a mess. But I didn’t do anything about that, either.


Eventually I got my stuff together, and, back in the recliner with my laptop, I participated in 5 sprints on twitter (three 15, a 10 and a 20 minute) and did it. Like, I more than doubled my total word count. Stuff in my story actually started to get kind of fun. I creeped myself out a little with something I wrote. I may, in fact, have given myself some nightmares. I got 2,955 words for the day. I’m still behind, but it was major progress and a huge relief to enjoy myself while writing. I had such a weird, rough start. I know it will get tough again during week two, but I’m used to it. It’s all gonna work out.

The last sentence I wrote:

Understandably, Philomena screamed.



5691 / 50000 words. 11% done!


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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 3

I actually felt pretty good yesterday for most of the morning. I spent it doing internet chores. By the time I sat down to write again I was feeling terrible and super down on my writing again.

Oh well. The leaves are changing and beautiful. I’m sure I’ll feel better soon.


I wrote 834 words and that’s… something.

The last sentence I wrote:

The drive was dotted with lamps, but they were just little pools of light showing the perimeters of the cobbled path.  



2736 / 50000 words. 5% done!

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