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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.

NaNoWriMo, Day 2

Today’s word count: 5,240 words

Total words to date: 5,240 words


This is my first NaNoWriMo update. Yesterday, the starting line for NaNoWriMo, turned out to be a big “0” for me. I wasn’t feeling well all day, and didn’t even make it to my computer, much less my writing program.

The day wasn’t a total loss, though. I discovered the names of two of my main characters, and a lot of different, unrelated bits and pieces also came to me. I wrote them all down in my notebook this morning, when I was feeling better, and ended up with three pages of notes.

I did three separate writing sessions today to make up for not writing at all yesterday. In order to write 50,000 words this month, I will need to write the equivalent of 1,667 words a day.

I read a tip about writing your NaNoWriMo novel this weekend which suggests you try to rack up as high a word count as you can the first week, so that you won’t get stressed if you hit any obstacles later in the month and have to slow down. So right now, I feel like I have some words in the bank!

And if I do have 50,000 words by the end of November, because my NaNoWriMo novel (WAVERLEY) is a middle-grade novel, I should have a complete first draft, ready to be put away to age a bit before revisions.

Here’s my opening sentence  – it’s highly unlikely though that this will remain my opening sentence once I finish WAVERLEY and begin my revisions.

For as long as Charlie Merrygold could remember, The Place had stood dark and shuttered at the bottom of Low Street, seeping a nastiness its bruised and blackened walls made no attempt to contain.

I don’t think it captures exactly what I have in my mind (“seeping a nastiness” will certainly have to go!), but it works for now. It’s the sentence that started the whole process that has lead to 5,240 words so far, so I figure it’s already done it’s job.

The words I’m putting down don’t feel like they’re translating the film strip running in my mind as well as I’d like them to. I know I won’t know for certain how good a job I’ve done transferring what I’m seeing in my mind to paper (or rather, keyboard and monitor) until after I’ve written the whole thing, but I’m hoping I’ll feel more confidence as I get deeper into the story.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, how did your first two days go?