This kid is like a whirling dervish, impossible to get clear, candid pictures of.
She’s actually not like a whirling dervish, because I learned what a whirling dervish actually is when I took a World Religions class in college. I just love the way “whirling dervish” rolls off my tongue, and I just picture Elise in a blur.
I wrote over 5,000 words today but I am still “behind” on NaNoWriMo.
Behind, but still confident – because I wrote 5,000 words today and over 42,000 so far this month.
I’m okay. I’ve got this.
But I suck at focusing, and I excel at vegging out in front of the TV.
Back to it.
I feel like I have finally hit my stride with this story while at the same time I have arrived at a pivitol point where I need to make some serious decisions about where a certain plot line is headed. Once I clear that one relatively important hurdle, it should be smooth sailing not just to 50,000 words, but past it. I know that if I finish this book, not just finish the challenge, I’ll have much more than 50,000 words on my hands.
To anyone who is doing NaNoWriMo this year, I hope it going as well for you as it is for me.
It’s totally consuming me this year, which is exactly the way it should be if I want to write every day and get this done. I’m okay with the fact that I’m totally failing at that other monthly goal I crazily set for myself right before the 1st – I’ve only participated in a single yeah write challenge even though I said I would do it every week.
Well. I guess sometimes we fail at things, sometimes just so we can have a better chance at succeeding at others.
If it means I get a novel instead of a few blog challenge posts, no offense yeah write! I’ll take it, and I think you will totally understand 😉
Today marks the halfway point of NaNoWriMo 2015 and after a week of lagging behind and procrastinating and doing all the other things I could possibly do with my free time EXCEPT write, I knew that I had to either get down to business today or maybe consider giving up.
I started the day with 20,629 words, and I had a LOT to do today.
I had to sleep a little late, shower, do laundry, do some dog sitting, buy some headphones, have dinner with mom, space out to music on the kick ass new headphones, and write.
And try to convince my almost ten year old daughter that it would be in her best interest to behave and just in general be nice to me and knock it off with the pre-teen dramatic attitude. UGH.
So I wrote. And wrote.
And then I wrote some more.
Then I met my goal – I crossed the halfway mark.
Here are my thoughts on this progress:
My story isn’t great. I mean, it’s a story. It has characters who do things to drive the plot along. I am pantsing it, as I do, so although I have a general idea of where I want this story to go, all the details are to be determined.
This is what I am always afraid of, in almost any situation in life.
The not knowing.
Uncertainty and doubt are serious killers of confidence and creativity, so today I just wrote like a motherfucker, and I churned out almost 5,000 words.
I killed it.
It was easy.
I just told myself “Cheney, go write now. Write right now!”
And I did it.
It was that hard.
Midnight may be coming in a few minutes, but later I’ll strap on these new headphones and write more anyway, because I’m feeling it today, the magic is here with me today.
I hope if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you’re making some magic, too.
And on the eighth day, she gave an update:
NaNoWriMo 2015! It’s here! It’s happening! And I am doing so well so far.
As of this morning I have written 14,358 words. That puts me 2,692 words ahead of where I should have been by yesterday. This is a very, very good thing – to be consistently ahead of the target word count every day so far this month.
So the writing, the writing itself? It’s going great.
The story? That’s another story.
I like what I am writing, but as I am writing it I know that a lot of it doesn’t work and makes no sense, and if this story is every going to become anything more than another file saved on my computer, it is going to have to be rewritten from the very beginning with very different things going on.
I am not doing the things that I feel are necessary to write a good story at the moment – I am not worrying about character building or beautiful prose or even making sense sometimes. I’m just worried about getting those words out of me and telling a story.
In the end, NaNoWriMo is all about telling a story of a certain length within a certain time. There’s nothing saying that it has to be GOOD. No, no. I didn’t sign up for that!
What’s the best part of NaNoWriMo so far this year?
THAT I AM WRITING!
I haven’t written anything of substance in well over a year. I haven’t had a daily routine of writing, I haven’t taken it seriously at all – you know, that whole thing about how I want to be a writer more than anything thing.
Because I haven’t been writing. I haven’t been writing anything.
Now, I am excited to come to the computer every morning and start churning out my words. I’m proud and thrilled at the end of each day to see my word count climbing – and climbing above most of my NaNo writer buddies, too.
I’m proud of myself.
I’m delighted that it’s November and NaNoWriMo time again.
This coming week is all about keeping up the momentum and writing every day – I want my word count to stay consistently above where it should be each day, and by the end of next week I want to hit 25K words.
Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? How are you doing so far?