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!
*Most of my videos are Patreon only. They’re just little slice of life bits of video I shoot for myself. You can see them. and more of my NaNoWriMo, at the $1 level on my Patreon.
I never know how a day is going to go on the NaNoWriMo front. Drowsy rainy morning. I love rainy days. I love Fridays. Christmas lights are twinkling. It’s gorgeous outside. I felt down down down on my novel.
I didn’t want to write, I didn’t know what to write. I went all over the place in my first session. I wrote “The End” in frustration, and while I kept the words (words are words!) I appended them with a “Just kidding.” I opened up a hole in the floor to another dimension, to see if that would inspire me. It didn’t. I closed the hole up. I feel like I’m trying to write a novella with the length of a very short novel and it’s just not going to work. Where can my characters go and hang out for the… say… 15,000 words I don’t think I have in me for this novel? Fine, the main character keeps whining about the fact that she’s not getting pregnant, she can get pregnant. Suddenly, oh! What if she’s pregnant with a demon baby, yeah? I can get 5,000 words out of that at least. So. Yeah. I went there.
I wandered away from my novel for the rest of the day, a little unsure of what footing we’re on exactly, do I hate it, does it hate me? It was awkward. I cooked enchiladas for dinner because I was famished. Shaun is awesome, he does dishes.
We sat down eventually for another writing session, at 8:50pm which is the latest I have put it off in years. Suddenly I changed my tone to the one I wanted to use all along but couldn’t quite find, and things clicked and I felt clever and interesting for the first time… in possibly the whole novel. So how about that? Fantastic writing session, not my best word count wise, but you know, those times when I got 1,400 words in a half hour? They were really low quality words. I’ve been using contractions this whole novel, this is a NaNoWriMo first for me. I wrote 2,096 words today.
27134 / 50000 words. 54% done!
Today was actually a great writing day, but I’m getting ahead of myself. It was hard to get started. I wrote a really deliciously long and rambly email to a friend. I’m usually pretty bad at returning email, in that I put them off until it’s kind of embarrassing to respond. I think most people are this way and don’t take it personally, though… right? I hope so anyway. If I owe you an email, it’s totally suckiness on my end and not yours that I haven’t responded, I promise!
At some point, after my soup and green tea and long email and episode of All My Children on the ABC website I thought “I’m pretty sure I need to paint my nails for the first time in over 3 years before I start writing.” But! I persevered. Or @NaNoWordSprints announced a big block of 10 minute sprints before I could pry myself out of my chair to go and find nail polish. It was probably that. Anyway, I wrote for the whole block. I think it was six 10 minute sprints, but I wasn’t keeping fantastic track. All I know is that it got me 1,933 words. I would have done better with two 30 minute sprints, but those don’t really present themselves very often and I guess I am loathe to write alone. After that I gave myself permission to paint my fingernails neon orange. I feel like I’m six years old. When Shaun got home I wrote with him for 30 minutes and 1,016 more words, which gave me a hefty 2,949 for the day. Hefty!
PS It is freaking gorgeous in my yard right now.
22363 / 50000 words. 45% done!
I’ve never been this far ahead or written so boisterously on a weekend. Though my weekend totals were a little lower than my weekdays, I managed to get in two 30 minute sessions a day writing alongside Shaun and surpass the golden 1,667 by a few hundred words each day.
The last writing session and this post are brought to you by a record album called The Mystery & Romance of Gypsy music from all over the world that I picked up in a consignment shop, and have used for its instrumental good vibes for the past 3 NaNoWriMos. Side B is my favorite. I get so dramatically caught up in it that I forget my genre is Satire, Humor & Parody. We also stocked up on groceries and got all of the Halloween decor tucked away into the garage, something I had been putting off to work on my novel all week long. Of course many new pieces got placed in the house in various nooks and crannies. There is a whole shelf above my kitchen sink that fills me with Halloween cheer everyday of the year.
18308 / 50000 words. 37% done!