DAY 8: Ups and Downs

Today I unexpectedly managed to catch some time between a trip to Play Barn and playing with teddy bears to catch up on yesterday’s words. Don’t judge me; my granddaughter did join in the fun. So I have now got my (virtual) nanowrimo badge for hitting 10K.

Honestly, I did intend to put in a few more words towards today’s target. I decided to catch up on my social media accounts first, but that ended up being a time vortex into failure. I need to tidy up my facebook feed in particular; the number of notifications I’m getting is just stupid.

Enough with that already. So I’m still behind, but there’s no need to panic. According to the handy nano stats I only need 1,725 words per day to finish on time (that’s if I didn’t plan to catch up already).

nb: I did not manage to write anything before Granddaughter woke up this morning as she was wide awake at 5:30am.

Words written today: 884 words

Total Word-count: 10326 words

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DAY 7: Damage Limitation

Okay, so I haven’t accomplished the full word-count for today. Considering I am on Granny Duty, I don’t think 915 words is too bad. The little monkey didn’t go to bed until gone 9pm, then I still had dog* to walk (*singular as my other dog is still too petrified from fireworks to set a paw outside once it starts to get dark), tea to make for ‘the other half’ and laundry to put in the wash.

Hoping if I get up early enough tomorrow morning I’ll be able to get some writing done before the little one wakes up.

Important advice which I almost forgot to take; update your word-count daily (especially if your region is in a word-war against other regions)

Total word-count: 9442 words

DAY 6: Treading water.

I did have a proper blog planned, but it’s past my bedtime already so here’s another quickie.

I had a late start on writing tonight, but got today’s word-count sorted thanks to some more sprints in chat-room.

I’m a day’s words short from missing yesterday, but at least not falling any further behind.

My plan for now is to at least write 1667 daily target until I start feeling better (and after weekend as Granddaughter will be staying over)

total word-count: 8527

Day 4: In which I narrowly evade the Aliens’ Lair

Okay so I’m running late.

I’m finding that I’m too rushed in the mornings at the moment to get any words in.

I could cut out my 30 minutes workout, but I know from experience that would be a false economy. My body and brain do not function without exercise. I get lethargic and depressed, which is not conducive to hitting the daily 1667 words.

Despite a late start I have managed to drag myself to reach the daily word-count. Thanks to word-wars and plot suggestions from the great peeps in the chat-room.

Eat that evil alien horde sent by Baba Yaga (my Municipal Liaison) to (motivate) abduct me and take over my brain!

word-count for today: 1704

Day 3: Where LIFE starts to meddle with my novelling.

Until gone 7pm this evening my day’s word-count was at zero.

While I have been busy all day; walking the dogs and doing housework; doing a day’s work at the office, getting shopping on the walk home, preparing dinner; I have been thinking about writing and all of the words I could have created instead of wasting my time with all the mundane ‘stuff’.

Finally I managed to sit myself down and get some words in. At first I felt unmotivated, I thought about listening to some music to inspire me, but finding something suitable could take a while and I was in danger of procrastination. In the end I decided to log on to the Nanowrimo chatroom.

Even when there isn’t much conversation going on, just knowing you are not alone and that there are other people out there typing away, aiming for the same goal, encourages you to get stuck in. If they’re managing to do it; often beating more than twice your word-count, and still fitting in all that other mundane ‘stuff’ then so can you.

I have now reached the first milestone of 5K. Later than I had intended (I need to get ahead as I have my Granddaughter to stay this weekend), but I am back on target for today at least.

Todays word-count: 1697words
(5136 words total)

Day 2: Meetups and getting off to a good start.

Yesterday I attended our region’s first official write-in of November 2014. For a good few years the venue; a local pub, has allowed us to invade with our laptops and insanity during the month of November.

It was great to meet up with regulars and some new faces too. You can identify the Nano-veterans by the fact that they are already showing signs of insanity this early on in the month; going off on random tangents mid conversation, fanatical pep-talks rallying others to join, and talking about their characters as if they are real people and have a free will of their own (as my characters are in the habit of doing).

At this early stage of Nanowrimo our novels are like new shoots; fragile things that need to be nurtured and gently encouraged to grow. With our muses nourished with plenty of drink and good food (cake please), we did some writing to coax our word-counts towards the first daily target of 1667 words. While it is a good idea to get a head start, this is not the stage to be forcing your novel. You are in this for the long-haul, and need to reserve strength and will-power to see you through to the end of the month.

Meeting up with fellow writers is great for sharing inspiration, getting solutions to any sticking points in your plot, discussing ways around real-life commitments that might eat into novel-ing time during month, or finding an unwanted to character to adopt. Often just having someone as a sounding board helps clarify your thoughts.

Nanowrimo is all about community. Having a group of like-minded people to cheer on, give you support when you’re feeling down, and celebrate success, is what gets you through.

Word-count (so far today) 3439 words.