NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 28

Okay, the book won. No writing got done yesterday. *head desk*

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope everyone had a fun time with family and friends and stuffed themselves with great food. I know I did.

10:25 PM-11:20 PM: Wow, I didn’t even write for an hour today, nor did I break 2k. But you know something? I’ve come to terms with the fact that my story won’t reach 75k. And that’s perfectly okay. 🙂

You see, my story is about to end. There is one last major problem in store for my characters, but I could basically finish the thing right now, if I really wanted to.

I really don’t want to.

Last year, I finished my novel on November 28. While I am obsessed with beating records (or at least trying to maintain myself somewhere near them), I don’t want to finish my novel today.

My reason? Last year, it was absolutely glorious to have a manuscript at 75k, finished, on Day 28. Except that, when Day 29 came, I felt really stupid. NaNo wasn’t over, people were still writing their novels and having fun, some people were racing to get to the finish line in time, and here I was, twiddling my thumbs with nothing to write. I go through serious NaNo withdrawal, and last year was made worse by the fact that I finished two days early.

Maybe it’s silly for me to think this, but I want to be able to experience NaNo all the way up to the last minute. I want to procrastinate, then hate myself later and pound out the last scene of my novel at record speed. I want a little more risk, I want to be watching the clock realizing I may not make it, I want there to be just as much suspense in getting the novel finished as there is in my story…

Heh, I’m beginning to think I like torturing myself. But this is what happens when you attempt something called National Novel Writing Month, aka, National Going Insane Month.

Before I end my post, I want to share a line from my story. It’s definitely not the best thing I’ve ever written, but it made me laugh after I typed it, especially because it had to do with Magni:

Magni’s voice stumbled over his tongue as he tried forcing words out through a dumb smile.

Hopefully, he’ll have more to say tomorrow (so that I can stretch the story to last tomorrow and the 30th ;)).

Words written today: 1,868

Total words written: 68.494

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15


NaNoWriMo: Day 22

Yay for a great Thanksgiving! I hope everyone celebrating had a great meal! (I know I sure did, thanks to Dad’s awesome cooking.)

I debated on whether or not to write tonight. Part of me said no, since I’m really far ahead on my 75k goal and deserve at least one night this month going to bed early.

But the other part of me said yes, because November only lasts for thirty days and I should spend every one of those days up late writing! December is all about sleeping in and going to bed early.

10:00 PM-11:15 PM: That said, I decided I would compromise. I am really tired, so I thought I would do some writing, but not with the intent of making it another 2.5k writing night. I would just write for however long I wanted.

It worked pretty well. I had fun with my characters (although they were having a miserable time, since one of them had a leg amputated) and a blast with the story’s direction. The outline is now useful again, so that also makes me happy. (If the outline were a straight line, my novel has been shooting up and down that line, and it has just now returned parallel to the outline. I know. Horrible comparison, but really, can you blame someone who’s trying to write a coherent 75k novel in a month?)

I only felt like doing five 10 minute word wars, since they were enough for me to write an entire scene. I got 2,062 words during this time.

While I’m slightly disappointed that this is the third day I haven’t been able to reach 2,500 words, I’m still grateful for being so far ahead with my word count. And I’m also thankful for the way the story is coming.

Writing tonight like this has been the perfect way to end Thanksgiving. 🙂

Total word count today: 2,062 words

Total word count: 59,646 words