NaNoWriMo Check-In: Week 2

Required word count: 25,000

Actual word count: 27,077

Well, week 2 is usually where people start to find their enthusiasm waning, and I am no exception. I had two days where I had to really, really force myself into the chair to write. I did a few five-minute sprints because anyone can do five minutes of anything, right, and somehow managed to keep my momentum and my word count up. It helped that I had a buffer from the first few days, so hitting my 1667 word count each day kept my count higher than it needed to be. It’s easier to be ahead.

I pushed through those two days though, and now I have my momentum back where it needs to be. Story-wise, I have no idea what’s going on. I know where I need to get to, but getting there…my characters are literally in the woods wandering around, and I’m trying not to just pick them up and drop them in the next location. I may have to do that though, just to get ahead, and go back and fix the tangle in the middle later. Ah, the middle. Always a mess.

Energy level: Adequate. Meaning I can keep doing it without banging my head on the keyboard too many times.

Enthusiasm for my story: Also adequate, but tinged with a little frustration.  Not a lot, just a little, but enough to make me growl under my breath.

Outlook on next week: I’m still confident I’ll hit my 50k words. Now, whether that coincides with the completion of the story is another question. Will I end the story before? After? Who knows?

Anything memorable? The hat still helps. As does fighting colorful bird monsters in the 4thwords app. I also started using programming language to encode my comments with asterisks. Makes them much more noticeable. Also I downloaded a bunch of new productivity apps to procrastinate writing. Awesome.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Check-In: Week 2”

  1. I love the update, especially because you address the struggles/challenge, too. It’s so much more about discipline and training yourself to keep at it when you’re unmotivated, and that’s something I definitely struggle with. Just today for the first time in a long while I decided to try to free write a story or something and it was disheartening–but I have to remind myself it’s because I’m out of practice. It’s nice to see you were successful in pushing through! Good luck!

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    1. Yes, please keep working at it! I hadn’t written any fiction before NaNo for about four or five months, I’d say, and it was REALLY bad the first few hundred words. Like, cringey, I don’t want to look at what I just did bad. But once I got back into practice it was fine. So don’t give up! No ‘buts’! 😀

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