NaNoWriMo: Day 18

[image description: official nanowrimo banner artistically depicting neon letters in all caps against a brick wall which say: “nanowrimo 2020” in mustard yellow letters outlined in a paler yellow glow, followed by “writer” in candy red letters outlined in the same yellow glow, with a row of four windows below the neon sign through which are shown different creators at work in their various work environments]

Well, I wanted to blog something on the 15th because it’s the halfway mark. I thought about giving it the humorously nerdy title “Beware the Ides of NaNoWriMo!” but apparently the Romans considered the Ides of November to be the 13th, unlike March in which it was the 15th. Not that it matters now. I ended up not blogging that day anyway. Once again I wish I could say it was because I was working so very hard on my novel, but the truth is I didn’t much feel like writing at all. Still, so far this month I’ve always managed to write a few words daily at least, sometimes even a few hundred. But unfortunately, a few hundred words a day is not nearly enough.

Yesterday, I’m happy to say, was a different story. I’d woken up in the middle of the night with heartburn and couldn’t get back to sleep, and as I lay there tossing and turning I kept having all these ideas for my novel. So finally I got up and on the computer, just to jot down the ideas so I wouldn’t forget them by the time I woke up the next morning. Then I went back to sleep (sitting up and drinking some water seemed to alleviate the heartburn) and had some pretty weird dreams that would later help me expand said ideas.

So when I got up yesterday afternoon, feeling refreshed, the dreams still vivid in my mind, I went straight to work… well, after I brewed some coffee that is. A lot of what I wound up doing at first was worldbuilding, so it didn’t affect my word count much, but it did end up inspiring me to write a couple new paragraphs, work on a few unfinished chapters, and also have a somewhat clearer idea of the final structure of the novel. As I suspected, it will be the first volume of a series.

These were my stats as of yesterday evening:

[image description: screencap of nanowrimo infographic showing participant’s meager progress as of november 17th, 2020]

Total word count: 21,939 out of an end target of 50,000 needed to win NaNoWriMo. 1,242 out of 2,093 words needed today. I also finally figured out how to activate the other boxes on my stats page, such as “where I write”, “my writing speed”, and “how I feel”. All it took was me using the stopwatch/timer thingy at the top of the NaNoWriMo homepage by clicking the clock icon (next to the plus sign or “add” icon you use to update your word count). Never mind that the “when I write” box (not shown) still has me pegged as a “mid-day flamingo” (I’m a night owl and always will be), these trackers are pretty cool, and I suppose they’re sort of useful as well.

[image description: nanowrimo infographic revealing that the participant has mostly written at home, on average writes 1,290 words per day, at this rate will be done on december 9, 2020, has an average writing speed of 17 words per minute, and felt pretty good working on this goal]

Even after posting my latest word count to my Twitter, I continued to work on this project. Again, it was mostly worldbuilding (and also making a much-needed list of all the new characters and places I’d peppered my nascent fantasy world with recently so as to be able to keep track of who’s who and what’s what). But as I mentioned in that tweet, the more I worked on it, the more this work-in-progress began to inspire me, which resulted in more writing.

So, my current total word count as of this writing is 22,681, and while that means I’m still behind, it looks like I’m beginning to close the gap, and more importantly, now I feel like I can.

So how’s your writing going? Let me know in the comments! And as always, good luck and happy writing!

Published by striderlee

Dungeon Master, homebrewer, foodie, bibliophile, and fantasy author. He/Him

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Day 18

    1. I keep telling myself that, and I just can’t seem to get it through my thick skull. My first draft doesn’t have to be orderly or presentable, I just need to get the words down and worry about editing later. I think part of me dreads the huge steaming pile of garbage I’ll have to make something of at the end of all this. lol

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