NaNoWriMo Update (Day 6)

Today’s word count: 5,553 words

Total word count to date: 14,668 words


I didn’t write at all yesterday, so when I woke up today, I was determined to sit myself down and put my fingers to the keyboard.

You wouldn’t think indexing a book is particularly strenuous work, but I always find myself feeling pretty drained after I finish up an index. Yesterday I worked on, and finished, two separate assignments, and even I was a bit astounded at how lethargic I felt afterward.

I literally spent most of the night lying around, playing a version of Poppit on my iPhone. Seriously.

I was so tired, I didn’t even listen to an audiobook before bed (now that I’m finished the Harry Potter books in audio, I’ve been sampling M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth series. Very fun, and I’m loving the Scottish accents.)

The good thing was, I ended up going to bed early (early for me, anyway – it wasn’t quite 1:00 a.m. when I fell asleep). And I woke up feeling incredibly refreshed.

So I squeezed in two writing sessions today, and ended up with 5,553 words.

I think I’ll have to take advantage of these bursts when they happen!

A lot of what I wrote today was really backstory; I doubt too much of it will remain in the final draft. But it’s all stuff I needed to know – about my characters, about the plot – so all of it was necessary in its own way.

At nearly a third of the way in, I should be a lot further into my storyline than I am. But I’ve only just introduced my final main character. And it was fun writing about him today!

That’s a good sign, I think.

13 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update (Day 6)

  1. Audrey

    So glad to hear how much you’re rocking NaNoWriMo! I only managed to get out 1000 words today, and just barely. It was a bad writing day for me. LUCKILY I was way ahead of the game so it’s not that big of a deal. Even thought I think I might have to throw out everything I’ve written so far. :-(
    .-= Audrey ´s last blog ..French Friday (3) =-.

  2. Jemi Fraser

    Definitely a good sign!! I’m trying not to include as much backstory this time around, but I know what you mean. I really need to know my characters – they need to be real. And a great way to do that is to write about them – all those lovely details that will get edited out, but are so much fun to write. Glad to hear you had such a great day!
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..Runaway Characters =-.

  3. Dorte H

    “You wouldn’t think indexing a book is particularly strenuous work…”

    Yes, I would! Just like correcting 25 translations (after a few you lose concentration and feel it is quite like trying to find five errors).

    Good you made such progress today, and you are really making me curious.
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..The Blue Vase II =-.


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