it has started…
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 from a new novel to a selection of short stories or your thesis. Normally, I would have done the classic thing and started chapter 1 of my brand new story, but not this year. 2020 is the year of weird stuff right?! So this year I’m doing a 2nd draft of my 2018 project…
I have not had a lot of time this autumn to sort myself out and figure out my project. I had some ideas in early COVID-19 times for a new story which was more of a sci-fantasy then anything. I also have a lot of other ideas I have yet to flesh out and write. But as mentioned I have not had time to sort any of it out and prep for it. So my backup plan was to flesh out a second draft for my 2018 project. I posted the first chapter for it last year here.
When I write a first draft I mainly write the plot and dialouge with some feelings, some inner thoughts and some scene stuff, but the draft is the bare bones of it. I need to set the scene in so many places in this story. I need more feelings and scene descriptions as well as character descriptions and body language etc. I think I will be able to add another 50k to the already existing 50-ish k word I wrote in 2018. Yes I know that is optimistic and it probably won’t happen with my current speed.
My initial plan was to start of with the original 50k words and only add anothe 50k to hit 100k for this story. But as I started to write this became very difficult. I ended up rewriting everything from the beginning.
Anyway. I prepped for NaNo in only one way and that is to plan out my leave days from work, just because of NaNo! haha! I have taken every Friday off work for this too 🙂 I love how dedicated I am for this. For the last 4 years I’ve done this. 1 holiday/annual leave day a week for the entire November.
1st November was a Sunday and I had to go away for work this first week. I set myself up nicely with a really good first day with over 3k words in total. Then monday arrived. It was a travel day and from experience I know this can be a bad day to write. I was right. I only managed 679 words. It’s not the worst but not the best either. Then Tuesday arrived. I was still away for work and managed a few hundered words in the morning but over 1k in the evening and I felt I was back on track. But then it plummeted. Both Wednesday and Thrusday I wrote 1 word just to be able to say I worte something… how sad.
Friday was my first day off and I was back home. I wrote 10 words… but I did do a lot of cleaning and tidying 🙂
Today in Saturday. I’ve wasted the entire day to a tension headache. It’s safe to say I’m very much behind now. I plan to get at least another word in just so I have a chance at getting the badge for writing everyday.
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. You can see I’m behind… It’s the worst start to NaNoWriMo I’ve ever had.
For the last two years I’ve done a bullet journal spread to track my word count and see the progress in colour. The first year I did a gem cut in several colour-in pieces which counted up to 50. While last year I had a landscape with mountains and As i gained words I climbed up the mountain until I reached the sun which was 50k mark.
This year I have a different motive. I have gone for a desk with a window into my imagination and a standard tracker for both daily word counts (blue lines) and the accummulative word count (pink).
This is how it looks after Day 7:
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.
In 2019, I prepped massively. I had a story, a plot line, all the character with visuals, etc. I was ready to write. However, I wrote a different genre than I have usually write and it was tricky.
This year I have gone for re-writing a previous draft. This is a first for me. I have not spent any more time on any of my previous works as much as this story. I’m fleshing out my 2018 projects with pirates (or they would call themselves privateers), set mostly at sea with a found family trope and a feminist crew who gets hunted for carrying a dangerous cargo.
It’s not the best at the moment. I’ve never written a second draft before. I don’t really know what to do. And I’m already massively behind on my word count.
I think the main reacon why I haven’t kept up with my writing for the last four days (apart from the headache) is becasue I don’t like what I’ve written for the current chapter. I liked the changes I made in the first chapter and the first scene, but it turned downhill.
I think when this headache is over, I need to skip the end of this chapter and just start fresh on the next one. But I also think that maybe a second draft needs more thinking time etc, so I might be doomed anyway lol.
Good luck to all the other WriMos out there! Just keep swimming 🐠