what a week …
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month (should probably be interNational Novel Writing Month)) has started!
The goal is to write 50 000 words in 30 days from 1st November to the 30th of November. It can be whatever you want to write, but I did the classic and started the 1st chapter of my new novel 🤗
My project is a cosy crime featuring a main character named August Fox Croft. He is a retired journalist and prefers to spend the entire day in the garden instead of anything else. But then a skeleton/corps is found in the community allotments. The very same community allotments Croft is responsible for and where he and the village had grown vegetables for their shared community Christmas dinner! How will they now have enough vegetables to feed a village? Oh and by the way since everyone in the village is accounted for, who is the skeleton?
Not the best synopsis but I’m working on it 😂
By week two I have gotten Croft to meet the antagonist for the first time in the book, but Croft already knows them. They do make the perfcet cup of tea and Croft has no idea.
Again, I’m behind on my word count. I expected that but I still dont like it. It doesn’t help that I now have had two day in a row were I haven’t written a thing. That is so unlike me. I prefer to at least write a sentence or two just so I have done something. But no. these two days I have travelled and gotten home exhausted.
Last weekend and last progress post I was also behind. I managed to write about 3k on the Saturday and smashed it on Sunday with 6k! holly molly! I started the week being ahead of schedule by almost two days. Monday I wrote 25 words which is better than nothing. Tuesday I was travelling but my flight was delayed so I managed to write 700-ish words while waiting at the airport. Very pleased about that. Wednesday I also did quite well being in a hotel with 1.4k words. But then Thursday and Friday was total bummers. 0 words.
Today is Saturday and this will be my main catch up day. I hope to write at least 4k. Tomorrow I have plans but I still hope to write few word too.
The graph below is my official NaNo progress graph. The straight line is the progress you would have if you wrote 1667 words a day as suggested by NaNo, and within 30 days you would have 50 010 words. The wiggly line is my actual progress.
Last year it was really obvious which day was my writing days and which were not. This year it is so difficult to see anything becasue every day is so random.
Before I start writing today this is the progress so far, day 16:
I will post a post-weekend update on instagram on Monday so look out for that 🙂
Last year I did a spread in my bullet journal featuring gems with 50 boxes to colour in. For every 1000 words I wrote, I could colour in a box in the gems. At 50k it would be all coloured in and it would be a visual representation of my creation: wonderful gems!
This year I have a different motive. I have gone for a visual representation of the journey of NaNo. I have pencilled it in and for every 1000 words, I’ll ink in the lines (black or grey) and colour in the area. I will slowly work my way up the mountains up to the highest peak and the 50k box is the sun or moon, I haven’t decided which yet. This is how it looks before I start writing on day 16:
In 2017 I had an idea, a beginning and an end but no body and no outline.
In 2018, I outlined everything (almost). I feel much better prepared and I feel that I didn’t have to worry about what happens next because it’s already planned out in my notes.
This year I have an outline fully fleshed out with a few bits and pieces of uncertainties.
I still struggle to get going, but as I told you earlier for that Sunday session with 6k words in one day, once I sit down and get into it I can smash out a ton of words becasue I know the story. I need to have that time to get into it and to have time to continue after. I can spend an hour getting in to it or just 10min. I never really know.
I remember last year I couldn’t stop writing and ended up writing while at work (naughty). This year I haven’t even had the thought nor the time. This story is less all-encompassing than last years story. I still love Jac from 2018, and I do love Croft from 2019. But Jac had a way of getting into my head while Croft is staying outside. Maybe that says something about their differences in morals… 😂
I attended the local write-in on the 10th and that’s were I smashed the 6k words out. I was there from 11am to 6pm. I had two meals and had come straight from a hot yoga morning session. I might not have time to go tomorrow but I will try. If not I will go next weekend. There is something about writing along with others writing. It creates an atmosphere which makes me write. I think. It could just be in my head.
For those of you how don’t know, I have RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in hands, fingers and arms – fun times. I got it in 2017 and I’ve slowly recovered since.
I have felt good for the last 6 months depending on my workload and amount of time spent on the laptop and in the car.
I still do my physio exercises every day as always. I feel minor soreness and pain during writing but nothing too bad. I have been driving a bit this week which hasn’t affected me in the way it used to which is amazing. Still the worst times are during office hours when I do a lot of scrolling at work for research. That gets to me and affects my evening writing sessions. Also currently I recover very quickly. I only need 3-4h with no hand work for the pain to go away. That is a new development in my recovery and I’m very pleased about it 😁
Word by word people. Not day by day.
Good luck to all the other NaNoWriMos out there! Just keep swimming 🐠