Week two of NaNoWriMo and I have written another 3,835 words.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is an international challenge to write 50,000 words in a month. I am being a ‘NaNo rebel’ and aiming to add 18,000 words to an existing manuscript, which will hopefully be book four.
I gave myself two days off this week to attend the Perfect Crime Festival in Liverpool. I came back full of ideas and inspiration, and it was great to spend time with other writers and readers. I now have a huge ‘to be read’ list!
Another thing I did this week was a virtual write-in with a group of writers I met on the Jericho Writers’ self-edit course. We met over Zoom to write, and it proved very productive.
I’m a little behind on my goal, but confident I will catch up.
5 November 2021 – day 8
Goal: 530 words Achieved: 0 Total: 3370 words
No words done today, really tired and very busy with the house move.
6 November 2021 – day 9
Goal: 530 words Achieved: 998 words Total: 4,368 words
Scheduled start time: 8pm
Started writing at 7pm. Lifted a chapter from the first draft and copied and pasted it into the manuscript so an easy 998 words tonight, leaving me a bit of time to plan a new chapter to work on tomorrow.
7 November 2021 – day 10
Goal: 632 words Achieved: 637 words Total: 5,005 words
Scheduled start time: 8pm
I was planning to write later on this evening but managed to get some writing done waiting for tea to cook. The words were flowing as I started writing a new chapter. Managed 637 words in about 45 minutes. Will continue this chapter tomorrow.
8 November 2021 – day 11
Goal: 500 words Achieved: 823 words Total: 5,828 words
Scheduled start time: 6.30am
Woke up early to write before work and managed 823 words, continuing the new chapter I started yesterday. I’m really pleased with it although I need to do some research so had to add a few notes to myself in the text. I use square brackets and capitals e.g. [FIND OUT WHERE THIS IS] when I need to do some research but don’t want to stop writing. I find early mornings good for writing. After a cup of tea, my brain feels quite active.
9 November 2021 – day 12
Goal: 0 words Achieved: 0 Total: 5,828 words
Scheduled start time: 8.15am
Busy day today so decided not to set myself a goal. Any words written will be a bonus.
10 November – day 13
Goal: 972 words Achieved: 1,377 words Total: 7,205
Scheduled start time: 1pm
Today I am doing something I have never done before, a virtual write-in with a group of writers I met on a self-editing course. We are going to be writing our novels over Zoom, keeping each other going when the words stop flowing. I have high expectations of achieving nearly 1,000 words with this type of focussed writing.
It was brilliant! Despite a few interruptions I managed to add 1,377 words to my manuscript which was way more than I was expecting. I enjoyed the companionship of writing alongside others and the chats in between focussed writing sessions. I would definitely do this again.
11 November – day 14
Goal: 0 words Achieved : 0 Total: 7,205