NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 7

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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!

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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.”

Riveting.

 

 

9290 / 50000 words. 19% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Days 5 & 6

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 2

Another day of just SUPER BRAIN FOG. I did get my Bullet Journal set up for November, though!

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I got out my bullet journal from last year and used it to help me set up my NaNoWriMo tracker for this year. I felt a bit sad because I was more creative in my bullet journal a year ago, always trying new things, but now I feel like I’m just doing the same things over and over again. I think, as with all things, I have creative highs and lows, and I will feel inspired again. Of course one reason I have been repetitive is that my current layouts work really well for me. Still I hope to challenge myself in December to try some new things. I have enough on my plate in November though, even for the sake of NaNoWriMo procrastination, I’m too busy overhaul my bullet journal!

I haven’t done any sprints yet. I’ve just been writing when I feel up to it and I didn’t get much in yesterday. I wrote a total of 755 words.

The last sentence I wrote:

“I’m Sherman Picklecorn,” the red-haired man admitted. “Jacob mentioned my mother, she’s the housekeeper up at the manor.”

 

 

1902 / 50000 words. 4% done!

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 1

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Ahh, so tired the day after Halloween, always so tired. But this was extra, I had bad cramps all day and zero motivation to either take down Halloween or work on my NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done any of my usual October prep. I hadn’t assembled a list of people and place names, I hadn’t thought about it… at all, really. I still haven’t re-read No Plot? No Problem! or made a cute graph in my bullet journal.

I’ve been depressed, since last November really, it comes and goes in waves and I’m functioning and happy fairly often now, but it’s holding me down a bit. November and December are months filled with happy things I love and memories that hurt a lot. Every single thing is about finding a balance. I’m trying super hard.

In the evening, when Shaun was home and working on studying for his test the next morning, I managed to write for a bit and got 1,147 words, which is a start.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

Maybe there would be a friendly young face, not a beau, but a village girl to gossip with, someone her own age so that she wouldn’t be as lonely as her friends insisted she would be.

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1147 / 50000 words. 2% done!

NaNoWriMo 2016: Days 4-6

309. Thankful for relationships
309. Thankful for relationships

Period brain chewed me up on Friday and spit me back out on Saturday (good to get that over with early in the month, though) so I didn’t write at all on Friday. Instead we went to Target and looked at Christmas stuff (I’m 100% there already this year) and had an India Palace date night. Indian food is the best of everything.

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310. Thankful for memories

Saturday I was feeling a little bit better, still felt like my head was full of cotton, but pretty functional in all ways but the creative. I did a lot of thinking, brainstorming and plotting but I only got 323 words added to my novel. Better that than nothing, though. Always good to at least keep the novel in mind when you’re having an off day during NaNoWriMo. I felt good about the fact that I wasn’t beating myself up about it. I also donated on Saturday, which always gives me a kick in the pants. Plus I discovered YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR USERNAME now! Check it out. I literally hugged my laptop.. We ended the day with a quality Luke Cage binge watch. SO GOOD.

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Need to post the rest of my Halloween photoshoots here so you can have some context on that.

Sunday was much better. I started the day with some quality procrastination. I made a book cover and changed my avatar on the NaNoWriMo site. Eventually I jumped into some sprints and wrote 2,816 words total. I also talked some plans out with Shaun and got lots of new ideas. I’m still about a day behind in terms of word count, but I’m going to try to catch that up today, get on track, get back ahead, finish early per usual. Fingers crossed. Here’s a favorite line from yesterday to end things on:

“I told you. I can make any kind of canned soup, too. Haven’t met a canned soup that I wasn’t equal to.”

8486 / 50000 words. 17% done!

NaNoWrimo 2016: Day 3

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#cy365: Thankful for a favorite place… home.


Yesterday I kept “Just one more thing, and then I’ll write!”ing. I’m caught up on all the internet things I haven’t looked at in months, let me tell you.

Anyway, my main character needs to figure out what she wants to do with her life. I made her cousin a graphic designer and one of her potential love interests is a writer. On that note, I’m not married to there actually being a love interest, but I also thought it would be fun if I went all out soap opera here in a minute. So indecisive! The other potential love interest seems like a hooligan. My book is drifting into Gilmore Girls and Murder She Wrote and away from Twin Peaks. I want it all. Probably Gilmore Girls least of all, though.

Oooh, doesn’t Murder She Wrote/Twin Peaks sound like the most perfect mashup ever? Imagine Jessica Fletcher and Agent Cooper teaming up to solve Laura Palmer’s murder. Of course, JB would have had it sorted in a single episode. /fanfic

I digress, what should my main character do? She’s job hunting. It’s her current crux

Eventually I ran out of other things to look at and I did a few sprints, not enough to get 1667 words, but enough that I still had a teensy lead on the official daily goal. I wrote 1,571 words yesterday.

5347 / 50000 words. 11% done!

After I finished writing, I did this new Yoga with Adriene video and let me tell you it was the Perfect followup to several hours of procrastination and 45 minutes of writing.

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 2

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I have trouble getting started when things are unfinished. Last year I didn’t even start my NaNoWriMo until November 2 because I wanted to clean up all of the Halloween messes and give myself a fresh house to maybe… kind of… ignore for a month.

I got up, opened all the curtains and the front door (opening the front door makes me feel less alone when I’m… alone, I don’t know why, I can hear people talking outside sometimes, watch people walking their dogs, it’s pleasant, I guess.) There was Halloween vomited all over the porch, saying, “Are you going to have time to take me down the next few days? Are you going to feel up to it?” My uterus is a ticking time bomb and my porch and front yard were absolutely covered in string lights and plastic bones. I felt like yesterday morning might be my last chance to take Halloween down for a week, so after a failed attempt to start writing I pulled the tubs out of the garage, fired up some Murder She Wrote on my ipad and patiently untangled all the lights and spooky fabric. It only took about an hour, which is amazing because it took four to get it all put up. Untitled
I really feel so much calmer if I do some kind of chore before I start writing, but I also love to get writing out of the way first thing in the morning. Writing this blog post every day is definitely like a warm-up writing session for me, though, kind of like a chore that helps me get going. Outside of November, I do yoga before I do anything else, but I would love to start doing yoga right after I write. I’m not quite there yet. Yesterday I managed to go do a few stretches after I finished my longest writing session, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel that post-writing yoga relief I was going for. Something to work on.

I made this tweet (and feel free to comment prompts here,  too, I’ll share how I used them in my next post!) and got started with a prompt from @nanowordsprints. A few years ago I wrote a NaNoWriMo novel called Pleasing The Stranger where I used lots of prompts every day and let my novel go wherever they led it. Eventually the novel did that thing it always does where it takes off in some direction and you really can’t control it anymore, but I tried to use as many prompts as possible and it was a fun way to do it. Since I really have nothing this year (no plot has presented itself yet) I’m casually seeing where prompts take me again.

Over four 5-30 minute writing sessions yesterday I got 1,686 words.


 

3776 / 50000 words. 8% done!

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 1

UntitledIt’s that time again. Jumping into it feels weird. I lost a lot of my regular routines over the last several months, including writing on this blog. I hurt my neck, Shaun went back to school, we’ve had to really adjust our budget, but everything is good. I feel like I’m constantly saying, “I’m getting back on top of things!” and I’m not sure if it’s ever really true. I do more than ever, really, I can tell because I have been bullet journaling and I have pages full of doing, I’m actually on top of a lot of things, but I have been feeling… more overwhelmed.

So of course, it’s time to add another to do to my everyday. But this one actually helps me feel less overwhelmed, most of the time! One of my favorite side effects of NaNoWriMo is that I turn my inner editor off and it seeps into every part of my life. I wish I could leave it off forever. Could I? I actually take more days just for myself, without guilt, during NaNoWriMo than any other month of the year. It gives me permission to ignore a sink full of dishes for a while. I wish I didn’t have to get permission to relax, though! I really need to work on that, because, at the end of the day, the sink full of dishes is still there, and then I clean it anyway and I didn’t spend any time fretting about it. I get SO MUCH done in November. Nothing actually suffers. Anxiety and worry are so useless. I can just skip them and everything works out.  How can I get this attitude into the rest of my life? Hmm!

Anyway, yesterday I had no ideas or plans for NaNoWriMo, but I didn’t sweat it. I looked at Behind the Name and wrote a list of names to grab when I’m in the middle of something and need to name a new character, I got a beginning scene location from this random plot generator and then I started writing. I have no idea what’s going to happen. I’m using prompts a lot, especially ones handed out during sprints by the @nanowordsprints twitter. It’s just happening. Only real decision I have made about it so far is to have a contemporary setting but really embrace those 60s gothic tropes, which I’ve never really done before. Contemporary, I mean. I’m all about 60s gothic tropes. The characters don’t feel very contemporary as a result, but I’m enjoying it. It’s got a vibe. Twin Peaksy.

I finished day 1 with a pretty bad backache from procrastinating on my laptop all day and 2090 words.

Here’s my last sentence of the day:

“She threw her coal black curls up into a loose ponytail and did not stand in front of the mirror looking critically at her features, as is so common in novels.”


 

2090 / 50000 words. 4% done!