Honestly? I was just too fucking depressed today. I’m better now, but as a queer lady, it’s pretty scary that so much of America isn’t that concerned with my basic human rights.
But hey, TOMORROW I’ll be okay, and I’ll write on!
I hope you guys are doing better than me!
I wrote the sentence, “I don’t know” and then gave up cause I’m busy watching the election coverage and HAVING SO MUCH ANXIETY!!!
NaNo is important, I know, but this historic election is very important too.
By tonight we will know whether America has its first female president or its first racist cheeto president.
Only time will tell.
It’s okay, I can catch up tomorrow.
I really don’t want to write today, so I used last night’s buffer and just reached the minimum target for today and now I’m gonna stop writing for the night. I probably won’t get much written tomorrow either, since it’s Election Day, the day we get to see whether we need the bucket of confetti or the bottle of bleach! I probably won’t want to write very much while anxiously awaiting to see what happens.
BUT, that’s okay! I’ll just make it up the next day!
YAS! I doubled my word count today, you read that right! This time last night, I was 5,000 words behind. Today, I have just finished up 1,393 words ahead! That is why I’m not that worried about finishing up and winning. I’m good at forcing myself to write through and not stop until I’m as far as I need to be. Day 7 will day with my word count at 11,393
In other news, we finally got into a little plot today! My protagonist made it out into the field to do some science stuff and saw the first official Something Fishy! Talk about fun. Also, I finally got to swap POV. I mentioned that I planned to go between four people’s POVs even if it mainly focused on my protagonist. I finally feel like I’m getting into some story today, and I’m glad about that. I’m not going to write anymore tonight, but we’ll see where I start out on Day 7 tomorrow!
How did you guys do today? Did you get ahead or fall behind? Either way, yay for even trying! I’m so excited for all of us! Almost one week into the journey, guys! Huzzah for us!
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!
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!
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.
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!