2018 · NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Week 3

we are over halfway …

I’ve still got steam, and I’m still ahead of the word count. But I can see the end now and it makes me nervous I do not have enough material to make it to 50k.

My friend at work asked me what it felt like to see the end; “Is it like the light at the end of the tunnel?” I thought about it for a while and I have come to the conclusion it’s more like running a sprint, and you know there is one person ahead of you (Mx. 50k), you don’t know where they are but you really want to catch them before the finish line (30th November). Then you run around a bend and there they are just ahead of you with the finish line just on the horizon. It urges you to run faster. That increase in adrenaline is what it feels like. That’s what if feels like to me to see the end. strained muscles, nervous in case you don’t make it, but it’s within reach and within sight.

I know it shouldn’t be like this before next week, but the feeling has hit home early. I think that finish line I can see on the horizon is just a trick of the eye, like heat rising from the pavement or something.

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The goal is to write 50 000 words in 30 days from 1st November to the 30th November. It can be whatever you want to write, but I did the classic and started the 1st chapter of my new novel 🤗

I’m currently on chapter 12.


My WIP

I felt last weeks synopsis was a bit boring and I felt I had to explain myself several times. This week I will, therefore, share with you the synopsis I have on my NaNo page which I wrote in October when I was really excited about it and not nervous at all;

When Jacqueline Augustina Shaw, Captain of the Belladonna, wants revenge on her mentally abusive parents she takes a precarious task of transporting a special cargo across the seven isles. The good thing is, she excels at special trading. The bad news is, she’s currently 8th on the special traders’ list and her father is first. This job though will give her the last remaining points needed to climb up, and above, her fathers corrupt company. She hopes it will anyway.

Along with her best friend, and cook, Cora and her second in command, Kin, and the rest of the misfit crew on the Belladonna, Jac sets off island-hopping.  

Turns out this cargo is a bit more demanding than her average spacial cargos. Not only that, but someone doesn’t want her to finish the job.

Did she bit off more than she could chew? Because shortcuts are never short.

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Progress

I have yet to start my Sunday session, but yesterday I wrote just over 4.5k which was really good. I had a weekend plan of writing 6k so now I only have 1.5k left. Though I will try and get as close to 40k as I can and hopefully I’ll reach it on Wednesday.

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This is how my bullet journal word count tracker is currently looking. I colour in a new box for every 1k I write. There are 49 boxes. When I hit 50k I will ink in and colour the sparkling stars you could barely make out.

This is my NaNo gem 💎 😂

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My Hands

There has been no change since last week. I have noticed that on the days a work I get sorer in my fingers so I have tried to not write too much during Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. that leaves me with Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays to catch up and write more to start the new week by being ahead.

I have no major pains. Well, not more than usual anyway.

I’m good 👍

Word by word. Not day by day.

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NaNoWriMo Week 1
NaNoWriMo Week 2
Happy writing and happy reading!

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9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Week 3

    1. So the main challenge is to write 50k. Thats the big deal. Everything after that is entirely up to you. If you want to write an entire novel in those 50k word, you go for it. If you want to write 50k words in short stories, go for it. You can write whatever you want. It has to be written between 1st and 30th November to count towards that 50k word count goal. If you already started a project and continue on it in November, you can only count the word you’ve written in November. It’s called Novel Writing Month as the original version was to write the first draft of a brand new novel in 50k in a month. But there are always rebels who write anything else. Also you don’t do any writing in the webpage, you do that all on your own. But at the end you copy and paste it all into an official word counter to verify your word count, and it tells you if you won or not 😁 but you don’t actually win anything apart from glory and pride, and finally some rest and peace 😂

      Did that make sense? Feel free to ask more questions, I had the same ones last year for my first attempt.

      You should join next time 😁 maybe you could join Camp NaNo. The word count tends to be 30k for those. I’ve never done one but I’m tempted to do one next year for the edits of this years project. Camps are usually in July but I think there is another one in spring. I’m not sure.

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  1. Thank you so much! This is really helpful. Wow that is intense but sounds exciting! I think I’ll try doing the camp in Spring first.

    I saw there’s also some online/in-person workshops people do sometimes? Have you ever participated in any of those? (Or am I confused an thinking about something else?)

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    1. Your welcome 😁

      Yes the write-ins. You’re not confused. It’s called a write-in and is kind of a workshop. Write-ins can be both online and in person hosted by local groups. They tend to be there for you to ask questions and to get some writing done. I did an online one on Sunday where they talked about their projects. Then we had a 5min word sprint in which they give you an optional prints which you could try and fit into your story, but you don’t have to. I never did but it’s a great creative exercise. And then we shared how many words we wrote in those 5 min. People asked question on the chat which where answered. Then we did a 15 min word sprint. A break with more questions and word count sharing then lastly another 20min word sprint. It’s fun. And you can ask whatever question you want. I’m guessing they change depending on who’s hosting, but I’m sure the process is the same or similar.

      The in-person write-ins are hosted by local groups and are also there for you to air ideas with, ask question, get help etc. I’m not sure if they do word sprint, but they get together and write basically. I’ve never been to a in-person write-in but I’m sure they change from group to group.

      There is also a word sprint twitter account which is very useful. They hosts word sprints throughout the day and night (24/7~ish) with and without prompts.

      Basically, you need to figure out yourself how to write a novel as no one will teach you (maybe I should to a post on how I did it?). But people are there if you get stuck or if you need help with a name or character arc. NaNo is for writing the novel 😊

      I hope you join the madness 😁🤪

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