I was up early as work started again today. I was on call, but wasn’t called. Whilst I was waiting I decided to get a head start on my NaNo Writing. I made myself the biggest (writer sized) coffee and sat down with the end of yesterday’s writing in front of me.
I had left some notes on the screen, which meant I went straight into dialogue and didn’t stop typing for over an hour – other than to sip coffee and check word counts.
A great write. A real morning of work. I hope to add more later and get ahead – for those days when I am working – there are at least 3 this week already. But I also wrote my to do list whilst the kettle boiled and today it is long.
After my PAD poem write I will be offline ticking off jobs on the list before I come back online. (Inspired by an article I read yesterday about writer’s and their saggy bottoms – more on that another time!)
Today’s writing flowed. I found out more about my characters and was able to build them up in the chapters I have touched on today. There are some interesting events occurring – I have a vague story map but hadn’t time to flesh things out before NaNo so am approaching it as a massive free writing opportunity and letting the story drive itself a bit.
Today I managed 586 words at first count, I was attempting at least 1667. (My inner cheer leader is still asleep!)
The next count I had managed 1633 …. so close and then I wrote until the story thread ended. Which means I haven’t really left it part way through to pick it up – but hoping to write later so I figure the story will still be fresh and this won’t be an obstacle.
By the end of the HOUR and 15 minutes, I had managed 1877 words.
Word Count = 1877
Total = 8,069
- Make the coffee big
- Write in stages
- Keep checking your word count (motivator)
- SET GOALS/ personal word count targets
I have added some more to the total today. Another 337 words followed by 296 – that’s 633 in total and I am onto a new chapter.
Current total = 8,702
Which means that I have less than 42 000 to go!