It’s day 20 in the NaNoWriMo world of writing.
In order to have written a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, I should be on or around 33,340.
My total word count to date, is 36,024.
I logged on this morning, stared at the page for the umpteenth time and thought “where am I?”
I’m not sure how it happens. I go and live my life for a few hours (feed the child, entertain the dog, take the husband for a walk etc) or sleep for a while, and when I come back, it’s almost as if I have no idea what’s going on in the story and wonder if I’ve been writing it with my eyes closed. I don’t think it helps that my inner editor is itching to go back and read what I’ve written. If I allow that, I will find myself editing without even realising and before I know it, I’ll have lost an hour. I’m looking forward to the revision process; I can’t wait to read this story. I know I’ll be cringing constantly throughout the whole thing and will have to read through it first before letting the red pen loose, but at least I’ll be able to remember what has happened and what has driven the story to where it is now! There will be so many holes and hazy plot lines, but it’s OK – because I will have a complete, first draft, novel.
I spent several hours yesterday matching celebrity look-a-likes to my characters. I won’t spoil it by naming all of them, but I did settle for Daniel Craig as the naughty spanner in the works. 😉
After wondering where to start this morning, I checked out NaNoWordSprints on Twitter but there was no activity, so I decided to start my own sprints. I didn’t get any takers until I’d finished sprinting, but it helped me no end; I was going for 10 mins, then 15, then 20, then 30. After lunch I teamed up with romance writers Michelle Smart, Nina Milne and Angela Quarles for a 1k1hr session (1,000 words in 1 hour) and also used the NaNo word sprint prompts (which were now up and running) to blast through. The end result was a total word count for today of 4,000.
I’ve probably made it sound like a word-count contest; it’s not. It’s a fabulous way to really push yourself, to get those words down on (electronic) paper and to work the bare bones of your project.
So waffle aside; if you’re NaNo-ing, I hope this post gives you some inspiration to race on through and reach your target – you’ll feel so proud of yourself when you’ve landed.
Go on – surprise yourself and win NaNoWriMo – see you at the finish line. 🙂