why did I decide to write crime… 😖
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/corpse 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 three I have gotten Croft to wander around just like I do. He knows who the dead person is but that’s it. There is not much happening but this is the part of the story where everything should start to happen and the speed should pick up. I can see it just over the horizon but I can’t seem to get there.
Again, I’m behind on my word count. I feel this is the current story of my life. I’m on 33k but should be on 40k.
I’ve been behind on all my progress reports this year. It’s not fun.
Today is Sunday. The last week of NaNo is looming ahead of me. I’m so glad I’m taking both the 28th and the 29th off work. I already booked it in just in case. I think I will need them.
I’ve tied to play catch up for the last two days. And I gave it a good shot. I did ok last weekend. I didn’t manage to catch-up but I got some words written and it was more than the daily word count needed.
Monday as always I wrote nothing also because I was sick and didn’t want to. Tuesday I had a sick day and stayed at home. I got my daily word count in at around 2k, but that was it. Wednesday I was back at work and had something going on later that night, I managed 500 words which was ok for a 45-minute session. Thursday I did another 500 words and I’m not sure why. I had the entire evening ahead of me but I didn’t write more. Friday I wrote just over my daily word count at 2.7k, Saturday I managed around 3k and today is Sunday. I have yet to start… I’m sharing my frustration with your guys instead.
I have reached the point of this challenge when I look at everything else I want to do. I’m ready to do other things now. But no, I’ve got to finish this.
I’m hoping to at least get my daily word count in, if not some more.
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.
As you can see I’m struggling a bit.
Before I start writing today this is the progress so far, day 24:
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 24:
I still struggle to get going. I need at least an hour to get into things and then I could possibly continue but usually, I need the toilet or I’m hungry or something which interferes with it. It’s a struggle being a muggle…
I remember last year I couldn’t stop writing and ended up writing while at work (naughty). I’m jealous of last year. I was writing fantasy and have a lot of fun with it. This year it’s a cosy crime, and I’ve never written crime before. I think it was a mistake to write an untested genre for NaNo. Next year I’m going back to fantasy.
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.
So far it’s been ok. I’m slowly getting more pain and soreness but I’m managing.
Word by word people. Not day by day.
Good luck to all the other NaNoWriMos out there! Just keep swimming 🐠