2,290

2,290

That’s how many words I need to write a day to finish my Nanowrimo project on time.

It’s day 11, and by the end of today I should have written 18,337 words. So far, I have written 4,216. Needless to say, I’m a little behind.

I could make excuses about how my work schedule’s been crazy, and I’ve been tired. Or about how there was other things to do, and how I can’t focus as well when my boyfriend’s home. But none of that matters. It’s in the past now. Continue reading “2,290”

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Words like Water

I’m not a fast writer. It is day four of Nanowrimo, and I’m only at 2,040 words. But I’m not discouraged. I’ve had work and other responsibilities, and it’s just the beginning.

Sometimes I feel like writing is like encountering a stopped up faucet, or a or leaking damn. At first only a little bit of water gets through. But over time, the strength of the water overcomes its barrier and pushes its way through, until the water is moving at full force. Words are like water. They’re powerful. Sometimes when you start out, the words are lost to you. They only trickle out. But the more you work on something the more easily the words come, and then they come out full force.

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Right now, I feel like my words are blocked, but that they are trying to get out. I think with persistence they will come.

My goals for Nanowrimo go beyond just writing 50,000 words by the end of the month. In fact, whether or not I actually write that many words is my least priority. For me, this month is about building focus and consistency, about learning discipline. I want to see what I can do.

Besides, I still have 26 more days.

 

Nanoplan

Tomorrow is the start of Nanowrimo, and I’m ready with a plan. I work in a hotel so my work schedule is generally all over the place. I want to get off to a good start. That’s why I’m scheduling all my writing sessions this week. It’s the only way I’ll realistically be able to get any writing done.

I’m posting my writing schedule here to keep myself accountable.

Saturday: Get up early and write before work. I have to write before work because I won’t be home until 8:30, and I have to get up at 5am for work on Sunday.

Sunday: Write after work. I’ll be home by 4pm, and have time to write in the evening. Continue reading “Nanoplan”

Nanowrimo and Character Development

Nanowrimo

I’m thinking of making another attempt at Nanowrimo this year. I’ve tried it a couple of time, but anytime I’ve tried, I’ve always failed.

But this year I want to try again.

I’ve never actually tried to make a plan for it before. Usually I forget, or put off thinking about it until it’s already November, and I’m already behind. Or I remember on the 1st, but have no idea what to write about.

This year, I have had a little bit of time to think about it, so I think I’m going to do it. Continue reading “Nanowrimo and Character Development”