NaNoWriMo Week Three – A Change Of Pace

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week Two (1)

If you saw my previous video, you’ll know that on Thursday I reached 30k, and planned to relax a bit on Friday and watch Punisher, then pick back up on Saturday and continue on with the challenge.

That didn’t happen.

Well, it sort of did, sort of didn’t.

So Friday, I managed six episodes of Punisher, and liveblogged them in a post that will be up once I’ve finished the entire series, but apparently, that entirely threw me off my game. For the last two days, I’ve written sod all, and nearly lost my two-day lead.

I’d always built up to be at least a day ahead of schedule so if weekends like this happened, it wasn’t the end of the world. But to lose it over the course of two days fills me with a lot of anxiety because it means that I don’t have as much of a safety net anymore. I’m a big fan of a writing safety net, in case the worst happens, so to have it be quickly depleted is really worrying.

But, I have a plan.

This week, I’m going to aim to write 2000 words a day. I’ve finally got my usual daily routine back, which has been missing from literally November 1st, so I’m hoping that means I’m going to get some level of normality back.

And with that normality, I also get:

  • The chance to write freely, without having to worry about fitting it into a one hour space, or having to rely entirely on catching up at midnight.
  • The ability to watch the inspiration videos I’ve had saved for weeks now, waiting to be watched, so I can be in the mood for writing.
  • The routine I’ve craved, and thrived upon, for years now. With hopefully fewer interruptions, fewer people in the house to distract me, and just generally more chance at concentrating on what I’m doing, instead of racing to get out as many words as possible in the shortest amount of time.

To say the least, I’m excited about it, and hopeful that I can actually manage to get out the extra 333 words a day like I want. It doesn’t seem like much, but those numbers soon add up, and will hopefully give me back my two day word cushion. At the very least, it’ll get me a bit closer to my goal of finishing the whole of NaNoWriMo early.

There’s only ten days left of this entire challenge, and I’ve never finished on the 30th, I’ve always finished early, and while it’s not a bad thing to finish on the 30th, I don’t really want to break my streak. I’ll be ecstatic if I finish on the 30th, but at the same time, I’d really like to finish early, even if it’s only a day early. It’s a stupid thing to want, especially in such a massive challenge, but yet, I can’t help but want it.

Either way, I’m going to be happy with my progress, and I’m going to hope I’m going to go into overdrive this week. At the very least, I’m going to try.

I feel like this week may be a good week for me, because I’m hopefully getting my routine back, and can rush that little bit less. I can take my time this week. Really put some thought into what I’m doing. Hopefully go to bed earlier. Maybe even dedicate some time to reading, which I have been severely lax in doing this month.

I don’t know, but I have a good feeling about this week. I’m hoping I’m proved right.

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NaNoWriMo2017 – Week Two – I Jinxed It

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week Two

So… I jinxed it in my last blog post. Turns out, this week could be worse and that things were going to get a lot tougher.

I mean, I’m still ahead of schedule, but it’s been hard. It’s taken several midnight writing sessions, and lot of snatching any moment possible to get things done, but I’ve managed it as best as I can.

But, I’m still ahead, and that’s what matters. As long as I’m not behind, I’m happy.

On a lighter note though, I have done some great things this week. I’ve managed to:

  • Start sending my children’s book off to publishers
  • Keep myself ahead of schedule
  • Write a few things I actually liked writing.

Not a lot of what I’ve written, I’ve deleted most of it and rewritten it. But the bits I’ve kept I’ve reasonably liked, which is always a start.

Currently though, that’s all I really have to say on NaNo week 2, I would make thing longer, and probably spell check it too if it wasn’t 2am in the morning, but never mind. How are you guys getting along? I hope it’s all going well for you, leave me a comment below about your progress!

 

NaNoWriMo2017 – Week One – Not A Bad Start

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week One

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Not only is it Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, it’s also the 5th day of NaNoWriMo, signalling the end of the first week of 2017’s attempt.

And it’s not going too badly so far.

You know that blog post I made a few weeks back, talking about how scared I was for this year’s madness? Turns out, this week has proven a few things to me:

  1. I can write in my madhouse, with all the distractions going around.
  2. Midnight writing isn’t always needed (ironically, apart from right this moment).
  3. I can actually get ahead of myself when I put my mind to it.

Currently, my progress graph looks like this:

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So you can see that I’m currently running around a day ahead of myself, which is where I usually like to stay, as it gives me a cushion for those really bad days where absolutely nothing gets done because words refuse to co-operate.

On top of that, I’ve also already managed to achieve my second goal of this year’s NaNo, which was to finish editing my children’s novel, so it’s ready for publication.

I know, editing isn’t usually allowed during NaNoWriMo, but I knew that if I didn’t finish editing this book now, it was never, ever going to get done. It was going to languish on my hard drive forever and never see the light of day. And I didn’t want that, so I decided that on top of getting to the 50,000 words, I was going to actually edit a book on top of that.

Not only do I now count my children’s novel as done and ready to start sending off to publishers (ahhhhhhhh!) I’ve also managed to come up with three more books in the same universe, to make an entire series out of it! I totally didn’t think that I was going to make more than one sequel, but as I thought about it, I got several more ideas rolling around in my head, and it’s just built into this four book series I can’t wait to get stuck in with!

Of course, I’m going to wait until after NaNo to start that, I’ve got enough on my plate as it is, without writing more children’s books on top of that. But, I’m really happy with what’s coming next in that series, and my progress so far with the projects I’m focusing on this month.

All in all, I’m really proud of myself this month so far, and I’m really hoping it continues. Currently, only time will tell, but things are looking good. I could be jinxing this, which means at this time next week I’ll be having a bit of a breakdown, but right now, things are feeling good. I feel like I’m in the flow of this now, and a hell of a lot more confident in this years 50,000 attempt.

There are still 25 more days to go, but I feel like I can do it now, that my confidence is back, that I may actually be falling back in love with writing again.

Let’s hope it continues!

How’s everyone else’s writing going? Anybody storming ahead, anybody really far behind, anybody not taking part at all because it’s too crazy? Let me know in the comments!

NaNoWriMo 2017 Pep Talk To Myself

NaNoWriMo 2017

So, NaNoWriMo 2017 is literally 13 days away, and it’s safe to say, the panic has set in.

Well, not panic as such, I know what stories I’m focusing on, I’ve made starts on both of them, I know what direction I’m heading in.

My problem is finding the time to get this done.

For the last five years, I’ve smashed NaNoWriMo to bits, even from my first try. I’ve finished early and written past 50,000 words, I’ve barely broken a sweat most years doing it because I’ve always been so used to writing at least 700 words a day. For me, NaNoWriMo in previous years has just been a case of writing a bit more than usual.

This year, things are different.

This year, my entire life has changed, to the point where it’s nearly unrecognisable. I’m now a full-time carer, I’m more stressed than I’ve ever been in my life, and I’ve never felt as low as I do currently. I’ve been taking at least one day a week off writing, I’ve been running into roadblocks with my stories, nearly lost passion for them at times.

Never in my life have I been like this. I’ve always been so passionate about writing, and I still am, it’s all I want to do with my life. But, life itself is getting in the way.

For a while, I considered not doing NaNoWriMo this year, because I didn’t feel like I had the energy for it.

But, I decided that I’m not going to let life beat me in this. Life is kicking my ass in every single way possible, and I really should just focus on the more traditionally important things in my life.

I’m not going to, though. I’m going to do this. I’m going to smash NaNoWriMo 2017 again, I’m not going to let life beat me in this. NaNoWriMo is my month, and it’s going to be stressful, I’m going to be losing sleep as I hastily write at midnight to catch up with myself. But I’m going to do it.

NaNoWriMo is the month where I’m going to write like never before, I’m going to make up for all my missed days, and get myself back on track.

I’m going to write every day.

I’m going to stop taking breaks.

I’m going to focus on getting on top of my stories.

I’m going to write 50,000 words in a month.

Screw what life throws at me. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo during my A Levels and all three of my university years. This year, I’m at the beginning stages at creating a freelance writing business, while caring full time.

I can do this. I can write 50,000 words in a month. I have done it before, and I will not let myself down this year.

Interruptions, lack of ideas, dwindling passion for stories, I’m going to ignore it all. I’m going to fall in love with my ideas again, not let the pauses stop me, get the ideas flowing again.

NaNoWriMo 2017, I’m coming for you.