It’s the end!!!
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…
And I did it!
I have not had a lot of time this autumn to sort myself out and figure out my project. 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.
My initial plan was to fatten up what I already wrote in 2018. I ended up rewriting it all to make it easier. Now that I finished NaNo and have 50k words, I have done just that. I still have a 3rd left of the story to write. I’m on page 82 out of 143 in my original draft. I don’t even know that stat for the new draft. But based on the original draft I’m on chapter 11, while in my new drat it’s chapter 16. So all the evidence is there that my story has been fatten up.
A “win” for me 🙂
1st Week was a hit and miss. I started off with a bang only to go downhill until the weekend when a tension headache hit me and I was out. I posted the weekly blog last Saturday during this headache and it lasted until Monday morning… lovely.
Second week was a mix. It started as a struggle but then on Thrusday afternoon I discovered that YALL Fest was changing this year and going virtual. Yippi! The change this year was to go from talking about new books to talk about writing books – and it was all FREE and VIRTUAL!!! I got super excited and signed up for pretty much everything! 😁
Third week I remained motivated throughout. I continued watching YALL Write panels and workshops. I did struggle with my sleep pattern for the rest of hat week being on UK time watching EST time webinars live. I had no regrets though. I learned a lot and I stayed motivated throughout.
This last week was a mixture of easy and though. I had Monday the 23rd, Friday 27th and Monday 30th off work to spend on writing. Both Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd, was good wordcounts of 3-4k days. I was very pleased. Even on Tuesday 24th, a workday, I managed 1.9k!
But then Wednesday 25th hit. 10 words. I ended up speaking to my mum for 2hour instead. It was a nice break to be fair. Thursday I did 140 words, again I was thinking to have a chilled evening before the mad rush of the weekend started, but I just made it harder for myself.
Friday 27th I started the weekends with 4.4k in one day which is really good for me. I was super pleased. It was an easy day to write. I knew what was happening in the story and just had to write. Then I hit a difficult scene during Saturday which I’ve just managed to get over now at the end. It was an emotional scene, it was heavy and slow, and that was followed with recovery scenes etc. So everything slowed down for my speed and my motivation. I only managed 2-3k per day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. But I ended up Monday 30th November at 17:30pm with 50 292 words in total.
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.
Completed challenge looks like this 🙂
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 accumulative word count (pink).
Completed Bujo spread:
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.
This week I found out that I have still so much to learn. I also finally settled into using Scrivener more. I use it for the main writing stuff but never used the notes or research section or anything. But this week I started taking notes on thing I needed to sort out or figure out or remember to add in earlier. I also started adding notes how how easy or difficult this scene was to write. That way I know later on what to expect.
All in all a success!