NaNoWriMo Day 5: The Day I Only Wrote For 10 Minutes Before Midnight

Day 5 wasn’t great for me. I kept having to get up every 10 minutes from sitting at my laptop, meaning I got zero words written all day, but I read my last-written paragraph about a thousand times and poised my fingers to write and never pressed a key. Nothing like a thousand distractions all day!

However, I’m moving forward now, which is what really counts!

Today’s summary:


The best part is, I’ve already written 700 words in the first 20 minutes of Day 6, so I’ve surpassed yesterday already today. I’m going to reach at least 8,000 words tonight before I go to bed, so tomorrow (as in ‘when I wake up’ since its already technically tomorrow) I’ll only be 2,000 from reaching the minimum target, which is really no biggie if I’m able to actually sit down and write. I mean, on the NaNo Word Sprint twitter when we do the #1k30min thing, I’ve never written less than 1,000 words during the 30 minute sprint. Tonight in the one between 11:50 and 12:20 I wrote 1074 and that included stopping to do some quick research twice. I’m not worried now that I’m sure to have NO DISTRACTIONS tomorrow.

And if all else fails, Monday at work I can do some writing without interruption (dontliewealldoit).

How are you guys doing? Are you way ahead of schedule? Are you behind? Don’t worry, it’s still VERY early in the month! I didn’t start until day 5 last year, skipped a few days in the middle, and I still won, so you’ve got PLENTY of time!

NaNoWriMo Day 4: The Day I Wrote A Single Sentence

Today is not a good day for my writing because of two things:

Book club at 5:30, meaning I have to leave in about 45 minutes

Doctor Strange tonight!!!

That is right! I will not be writing today! I finished up a paragraph last night after midnight so it counts as 17 words for today, but I’ll definitely not be working on NaNo today. Meaning tomorrow I’ll need to write 3,225 words to meet the Day 5 target, but THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE I’M FINALLY GOING TO SEE DOCTOR STRANGE!

All my damn British friends saw it two weeks ago and I’ve been waiting FOR SO LONG!

So yeah, today’s stats aren’t great, but that’s okay! It’s not even a full week in! I’ll catch up.


NaNoWriMo Day 3: The Day I Write Like Donald Trump Speaks

I had words. Lots of words. My word count is the best word count you will ever see! It’s YUUUUGE words. There’s a lot of words and they totally mean something. They really do. I swear it’s the best words you’ll ever hear about. Ever.

Haha, in reality, it isn’t that bad. You guys may as well know straight off that I’m used to writing short stories and novellas, so I’m not used to having to actually go into so much depth when having my characters interact. Also, I’m used to writing something that has a handful of characters, not thirteen individual characters that not only have to be introduced along the way, but have to leave an impression on my protagonist since they are all isolated and working together as a team. Every single person has to interact with every single other person at some point, so I have to build on who they are and perfect their voices individually.


It takes up space and time. I’ve passed the 5,000 word mark, which was my minimum target for today, so I did that, but man oh man did it feel like NOTHING HAPPENED in all my writing. Last year’s NaNo novel was largely internal experiences from ONE main point of view that VERY rarely swapped to another character, and almost entirely consisted of those two interacting with each other and very limited other people. So that story had a different style and pace than this one.

It also is important to remember that I’m trying to do a slow build up. This is a thriller but it’s got a lot of Gothic elements (not on purpose, but just by nature of the story and the setting; I took a whole course on American Gothic and this fits the bill even though it isn’t set in America) and one of the elements of that sort of story is that the build up is slow and nothing seems wrong at all until all of a sudden things go very, very wrong (Think The Shining). I don’t want things to be rushed, so this is the proper pace!

It just feels incredibly slow. This 5,000 words covers exactly 3 individual actual scenes. I’m separating it by “Day 1” and “Day 2” as chapters, and really the story starts at “Day 0” because that’s the opening 1,000 words is the protagonist and another character actually arriving at the station. “Day 1” so far has been “meeting the team on the first morning” and is going to pretty much be JUST that. So I’ll be done with “Day 1” pretty soon, and it’s NOT ACTUALLY SLOW, I JUST HAVE TO REPEAT THIS OVER AND OVER TO MYSELF!

All I can say is give me strength!


NaNoWriMo Day 2: Catching Up With That Goal Line!

Today’s writing was very stilted because real life got in the way again. I had some work to do for college and some TV shows to watch (I run a TV blog, I can’t NOT watch them… except how one of them is the show I didn’t watch last night because I wanted to write instead… I’m a hypocrite). HOWEVER! Most importantly! Today I caught up with the ‘daily goal’ line. I wrote 2,381 words, bringing my total up to 3,407! Not a great start I’m off to, but once I have a day where I can just sit down and write for an hour straight, we’ll be good.

I will say, it’s once again being very beneficial this year to follow the NaNoWriMo Word Sprint twitter account for motivation to write as much as I can in short bursts. Some of them are as short as 5 minutes, and you want your word count written in that 5 minutes to be higher than all the others who reply (even if you pretend you don’t, you do) so it makes distraction not nearly the problem it was.

My biggest problem today was that I didn’t take my notebook with notes to work with me and I haven’t put the notes online yet. I use Charahub for my characters, but while planning, I write it all in my notebook simply for how easy it is to flip a page versus going back, scrolling down, looking for the right person, clicking, clicking edit, waiting for it to load, ect. That’s what I’m about to do next, enter my character information into Charahub so that I don’t have the issue I had today where I had no idea what people’s names were so I was writing “JAPANESE PROFESSOR” and “MEAN PROFESSOR” instead of names. It was bad.

Still, I’m above the line for now, so we’re ready to get into DAY 3 and really get going!


…. Except for how I have more college classwork to do tomorrow. Balls.

NaNoWriMo Day 1: Mostly Spent Trying To Title This Bitch

Start day came today and currently, my word count is still zero, but that’s okay!

I chose my protagonist, I finished my synopsis, and I spent far too long trying to pick a title and then gave up.

Some potential titles are:

  • Unknown Variable
  • Until Sundown/Until The Sun Sets
  • Beyond the Midnight Sun
  • Forget The light
  • On Ice
  • Cold

I hate them all. Whatever. I’ll get to writing and worry about titles later! Titles are the hardest part of ANYTHING. Even harder than endings.

Anyways, here’s my synopsis!

The Ryder Center Of Improved Climatology is a brand new, state-of-the-art international research station located far above the Arctic Circle on the remote and barren island of Ammassat. Here, scientists will employ a variety of advanced scientific research methods, the most important of which will study the affects of Global Warming on the polar ice that surrounds the tiny island research station. Researchers from various institutions from around the world are vying for a spot on the very first team of scientists to inhabit the station, and only a small team of thirteen will inhabit Ryder Station for its maiden two-month season.

Matilda Jeffreys is a research scientist from MIT tasked with being the station leader for the very first team to inhabit Ryder Station and head up the geological branch of the team. With her research assistant, Leo, and an assortment of researches from various universities, a medic, a cook, and a jack-of-all-trades repair technician, Matilda and her team arrive on Ammassat Island prepared for two months of cold weather, rough winds, and barren isolation as the backdrop for their climate research.

What they never prepared for was murder.

What do you think? Like it? Hate it?

Got any Title ideas? *hinting wiggled eyebrows*

Anyways, that’s day one for me. I’m about to start writing so I have at least a few hundred words before midnight (it’s currently 8:43pm) and day 1 wasn’t a total bust!

This is what I get for pantsing, I guess, but I’m not that bothered. Last year I didn’t write anything for 3 or 4 days and still won.

So how was day 1 for you guys? Let me know in the comments!

Countdown to NaNoWriMo: T-7 hours!

I’m hard at work trying to do some research for my NaNoWriMo since I’m a hardcore Pantser this year, and I discovered a fun fact: Greenland isn’t a country, it’s a territory of Denmark. WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME THIS?

We always call it a country, on maps it’s not labeled as a territory, and even google contradicts itself in the fine print!


As you may have guessed, I am writing my story set in Greenland! I was torn between Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Nunavut, and Greenland. My friend suggested Svalbard or Greenland, and I remember a TV show about mysterious murders set in Svalbard, so Greenland it is!

My 2016 NaNo project is about a scientific research facility in Greenland where a series of mysterious murders take place.

That’s what I’ve got so far.

I don’t have any characters yet, but I have a name: Noah Garfield. No idea who he will be yet, but he’s going to be one of the people in the story. Who should he be? The hero? The killer? First to die? The guy back on the mainland running the radio? WHO KNOWS!

I think I’m going to do something very unusual in the spirit of Pantsing and I’m going to embrace my laziness and not decide who the killer is yet! Usually when writing a mystery, you need to know the motivation before you start, even if you don’t know anything else. However, I think I’m going to wait until after at least the first murder before I decide who the killer is. This is a huge risk, and maybe it will fail, but who knows, maybe it will be a massive success. What better way to write believable suspense than to have it so that the writer herself doesn’t know who the killer is?!

At Midnight (EST), I begin writing, and whatever planning I’m doing before the word ‘Go’ is all I get before I start writing. I’m not waiting a minute past midnight to get myself started, because last year I didn’t start for 3 days and it made it hard to catch up and stay ahead of the ‘words per day’ goal, that’s for sure.

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, feel free to give me suggestions and ideas, and who knows, maybe your idea will make it into my story!

It’s That Time Again: NaNoWriMo!

I’ve known about NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month, for those who don’t know) for years, but last year was the first time I participated. I wrote this love story I had been thinking about for a few years and I won NaNo (Winning means you wrote 50,000 words in the month of November) but I still, to this day, haven’t done anything else with my novel. I still have to re-write the ending and proof-read and edit and then start looking into publishing. I told myself at the time that I would take a break until winter break from College to do all of that, but I never did.

See? I won! haha

However, this year, I’m going to do it again, and unlike last year, instead of an idea I’ve planned on for ages, I have STILL not picked a story idea! NaNo starts Tuesday and so far I’ve chosen a genre: Murder Mystery.

I’m a big fan of Murder Mysteries and especially the classic “murderer is picking us off one by one” stories that take place in an isolated location. I think this year, I’m writing one of those types of mysteries set in some sort of scientific research expedition. However, that’s as far as I’ve got. I have no real plot, no characters, no setting, and no idea what to write about.

Currently I’m considering possibly a polar research facility that’s cut off by an arctic storm while a killer takes his time picking people off one by one (a la Fortitude, the TV show that took a very different turn near the end than just a killer), or possibly some sort of research expedition camping in the wilderness and someone is picking them off one by one. I also thought maybe keep with the wilderness theme, but it’s like the classic ‘research facility up in the mountains miles away from civilization and someone cut all the fuel lines to the vehicles’ type thing.

I also thought of maybe a research vessel murder mystery where they’re on a ship floating around in the ocean and the radios are dead so there’s no calling the coast guard, but the problem there is that there are so many technological reasons that wouldn’t work. I had that same problem with the first idea I had where the murderer is picking off people living in a future space colony. Obviously, there would be no way a space colony wouldn’t have complete coverage from cameras and life support systems and just basic statistic data measurement devices to make that impossible.

Or who knows, I could go 30 Days of Night and have a whole town being ravaged by a nightly killer but, since they’re an isolated village, there’s not enough manpower from the police to protect everybody and find the killer.

I honestly don’t know what I want to do, but I’m closer now than I was before, because at least I have a vague idea of what I want to do. I know it’s a pretty tired basic plot, but I love it. I could read fifty different versions of this basic idea and still be entertained. I hope others might be the same. What would you guys suggest? Do you have any thoughts?