NaNoWriMo Day… I don’t know: I Haven’t Been Writing.

This week was hard. In a lot of ways. Early in the week, nerves from the election, then minor freakout from the election results, and then doing things I’d neglected in my post-election-freak out, and then yesterday I accidentally slept 12 hours (it isn’t my fault my body has no natural sleep rhythm so if my alarm fails I don’t wake up!!! I once slept 16 hours because of a power outage and nobody being home all day to wake me up.) and ON TOP OF ALL OF THAT I have committed a cardinal sin of NaNoWriMo….

I’ve gotten hooked on not one, but TWO anime’s this week. I’ve spent a good 4 hours on Crunchyroll the past two days. Between school and work and anime, I’ve written basically nothing all week. I’m now a solid like 10k behind or something.

HOWEVER! I WILL NOT GIVE UP!

I’m still positive I can pull it out. Like I told someone, I once wrote 131,000 words (no that isn’t a typo) in 1 month. 28 days to be exact. I also wrote 60,000 words in 3 weeks more recently, and 40,000 words in a week and a half most recently RIGHT before NaNoWriMo started.

I’ve got this. Once I get into my story, I’m golden. I can make up the 10k I’m behind in two days easy. I already did it once, I wrote over 5,000 words in one day last weekend. I can do it again tomorrow. I’m fine. There’s still a LOT of NaNoWriMo to go.

Hopefully you all are doing better than I am!

 

NaNoWriMo Day 9: Still Didn’t Write Because of the Election

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!

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I hope you guys are doing better than me!

NaNoWriMo Day 8: I wrote 3 words because of the election

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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.

 

NaNoWriMo Day 7: The Day I Really Don’t Want To Write

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!

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NaNoWriMo Day 6: I Doubled My Word Count Today!

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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!

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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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…. 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!