I’m mostly recovered from NaNoWriMo day 1. Who knew that a mid-forties human who’s pretty out of shape needed his sleep (Well I did, but I frequently do foolish things). Last night I slept.
I hit my goal of two thousand words for the day and passed it by a bit. I had planned to continue, build a buffer for the inevitable crash but I was too tired. Still, I’m pleased and a tiny bit surprised how easy it went. I expected resistance (and I still do. First week of NaNoWriMo typically is a honeymoon phase. We’ll talk next week.)
Today continues. I’ve quickly gotten a hundred words down. Yes, that’s basically a minute’s worth of writing but it basically primes the pump for the day. It means I’ve started and I can chip away all day to get to my daily two thousand.
I will ask any readers out there to forgive the slight spam this month. I am finding that writing a few words OTHER than my current WIP also primes the pump. Clearing the guns as it were and helps get things flowing. I just don’t always have anything much to say, which makes daily blogging a little strange to me, but hey, it’s my page and I might as well use it.
Space Pirates is feeling good right now. The opening scene is done and I’ve had some really really cool ideas on the fly that I didn’t have a few years ago. I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m hoping to maybe carve out a couple of hours to get in a long session rather than 30 minutes here and there.
I’m still looking for that zone, but I have a feeling it’s not far away. Things are stirring.
Anyone out there doing NaNo? How’s it going so far?
I’ve got a slight case of the butterflies.
Tonight, we’ll take kiddo out in search of that sweet sweet Halloween swag (of which I will struggle not to partake, damn being diabetic). There are only so many of these evenings left as she is growing so damn fast!
After that…National Novel Writing Month!
Are you starting at the midnight hour? I’m going to try. Tradition and all.
How are your preparations going?
It’s been 19 days since I posted about my preparations. Turns out I don’t follow instructions (even my own) too well. I’ve been all over the place mentally, emotionally and physically. Thinking, taking notes and not really getting much done. I had (still do) high hopes this November would kickstart my writing, but I wasn’t feeling it.
As always, a conversation with my SO pointed out what I wasn’t seeing.
I wanted to put up a couple of posts here that really resonated today.
On the subject of your discouragement
Which lead to the second:
The writer and depression
Now I’m not discouraged. I haven’t been writing because, well, reasons (life, struggles, headspace, nothing I wish to go into right now.) but I wanted to keep and share these.
K.M. Weiland asked me if I would be willing to read an ARC of her new book ‘Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story’ ahead of the August 25th release date and give some feedback and/or review it.
I really enjoyed her other book, ‘Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success’ (It’s becoming painfully obvious that I’m more of a planner than a pantser) so I was thrilled and happy to agree.
Keep an eye on the site for some thoughts about the book. I’ve casually flipped through it already and I like what I see so far. I intend to give it a serious read on my vacation two weeks from now (AFTER I catch up on all the Writing Group reading I’ve been letting slide).
K.M. Weiland is the host of the Wordplay podcast, and her website ‘Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors’ is here.
That’s right. I made it past 100 days.
(Right now, the streak stands at 104 days with a 400 word daily quota)
Read on to see how it’s going.
My consecutive days of writing streak stands at 81. I’m at 32K in my current WIP.
I’m closing in on 100.