On Saturday, I felt defeated. I was stuck. But I was also determined to get caught up this weekend. I changed tools, and started writing in my notebook with a purple pen. Though I only added some of what I wrote to my novel, I was back on track.
Then the inevitable happened. The cold that I thought was nearly over hit me hard and I slept until 3 o’clock on Sunday. I lazed about, and tried to get my mind working. After one dose DayQuil and a couple episodes of Boardwalk Empire, I was able to think clearly and get to work on the novel. I started writing at about 6pm and didn’t give up until I had reached that glorious 25,000 word count at around 4am Monday morning. I still can’t believe that I wrote over 5,000 words in a day.
- A little side note here: I use US Central time since I have pretty much been keeping the same hours as my friends back home. Sometimes it really sucks to live in a time zone that is 8 hours ahead of your friends.
I pushed hard, and refused to quit even though there were times throughout the writing session I felt like it was hopeless and that I had done enough for one day. But every time I began to feel like I couldn’t continue, I updated my word count. With every update, I was closer to my goal, so I kept writing. Those 5,169 words may not be the most beautiful prose I have ever written, but they moved the story forward and helped me obtain my goal.
Over the next five days, my goal is to write between 2800-3300 words per day so that I can take a couple of days off to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family and friends.
Now it is time for a little R&R, a nap, and then I will be back to work this evening.
If you’ve made it to the half way point, Congratulations! If not, keep at it–you can do it!! Just don’t give up on yourself!
I’m utterly stumped. Lost. This is what I get for being a pantster with only 6 major plots points haphazardly outlined before starting NaNo! My characters led me down a primrose path, and all was perfect. And then I realized that they had led me astray. Or perhaps I started down the wrong path to begin with, and they led to me into a tale with more twists and surprises than I had originally intended–which is a good thing.
Except that I have already written three scenes based on one element that has now changed drastically. It’s important because it is a key element of the story. So, now I change my tools. I am going longhand for a bit so that I can sort this mess out. I’ll keep what I already wrote, and just set it aside (in italics) for the rewrite in January.
Words written so far today: 1126 out of the 4166 that I needed to write.
I’m taking my toys and going away. Hopefully, I will catch up to Lucy and her cohorts in time to update my word count on the NaNo website.
I wrote 3,533 words today! I was aiming for 4,366, but I consider over 3500 quite an accomplishment, considering that I’m still fighting this terrible cold. Every n ow and then I am caught up in a fit of coughing and then I lose my writing streak and forget where I was. So here are the stats for day 13. I am hoping to be completely caught up by Sunday, and at least three days ahead by Friday.
I’m certain that I can do it. I MUST believe that I can, otherwise I might fall into a pit of despair. That’s all for now. Time to go hang out with the coughing hubby and share our misery together while we watch Boardwalk Empire.
I’ve been putting this off for quite some time. At first, I was ashamed of my low word count after seeing many high word counts, but then I thought, hey maybe I can catch up in three days so I won’t be so embarrassed when i reveal my word count. Yep. I am one of those chickens. I told you all on day one, that I take challenges head-on and never give up. While that is true, I failed to mention that I also don’t like to lose. Ever. I don’t like being behind. But who does?
I also know that since I am a first-time participant, there were bound to be some slow days. I am not in the habit off writing 1,667 words per day on basically the same topic. I have no idea what I am doing or writing half the time.
I got sick over the weekend and am still sick. Yesterday I wrote just over 4,000 words between 11 pm on day 8 and 12 pm on day 9 before this disease that my husband brought home knocked me out. I slept off and on for almost 24 hours. I woke up today at 1 pm, determined to beat this cold write as if my life depended on it. I was going to write 5,000 words today.
As you can see, it didn’t happen. I consider myself lucky to have written 3,417 decent words today. My characters made some revelations to me, I found a mystery man, and a surprise that I would never have thought of without the delirium of a cold and possibly a slight overdose of DayQuil.
Hemingway’s penchant for writing while drunk are making sense to me now.
So there it is. Out of the closet, and exposed for all to see–my sad stats. I didn’t write at all for two days and barely wrote 400 words on Friday. I know that I can still catch up, but at this rate it looks like I will be writing on both my anniversary and on thanksgiving day. But, I am still hoping to get ahead this week even if it brings me to the brink of death. If I get to that point, then I’ll stop.
I had a very unproductive weekend. My husband brought home a nasty head cold that caused terrible pain whenever I looked at my computer, phone, or TV, not to mention the constant blowing of the nose. Today I was able to sit at the computer, but since I’m still feeling–well gross–I used it to my advantage. A few my characters caught this nasty little virus. I may not keep it during the rewrite, but hey, they are people too, and people get sick! Realism baby! It’s currently 0418 on Monday, November 9th, and I’ve written a whopping 1453 words since 2300 (last night). Not too bad! I’m not done writing yet. I will keep on going until I am ready to go back to bed or the headache comes back. But for now, I am taking a break. A fried egg and bacon sandwich sound good at the moment.
Have you had any major set-backs? I’d love to read about it!
A great big thank you to Danielle, a fellow NaNo participant and blogger. She suggested that I check out Canva to create my book cover. It took a few minutes to create an inspiring cover that I think will help keep me motivated. Being able to see that cover every time I update my word count will help push me to completion. I get it now. For people like me, being able to see my novel as a tangible thing rather than just a working manuscript is just what I need to keep chugging along.
Thanks again, Danielle! Check out her blog, Musings of Danielle.
When I updated the synopsis of my book yesterday, I realized that I still haven’t gotten around to uploading a temporary book cover yet. Inside the empty box where a possible book cover ought to be, the kind people at NaNo posted this:
Is this True? Do any of you have book covers uploaded? I feel like I’ve spent to much time today trying decide how to create a book cover without stealing pictures from a Google search. I could stage my own cover shot, but I really don’t have time to do that right now. Any suggestions?