I can’t believe I’m 5 days into November! I thought I’d give an update today so everyone knows how it’s going so far.
I went to the midnight write-in/kick-off party in my region (which is good, considering I am one of the ML’s and help plan events). It was super-fun, and I got a bunch of writing done.
I also took the 1st off, since I knew I was going to be up late, and I figured sleep was more important than going to work exhausted because I either got no sleep or very little sleep. I also figured I’d get some more writing done, and try to write ahead as much as I could. I didn’t write as much as I hoped, in terms of the novel, but I was able to get a couple of blog posts done. If I can manage to get the day off again next year, I definitely plan on doing it again.
I know I mentioned not being sure what I was going to write- I was deciding between an alternate 7th year fic where Hermione gets separated from Harry and Ron but ends up with Charlie Weasley instead and a post-Deathly Hallows but before the epilogue Marriage Law fic.
I literally decided what I was going to write an hour before midnight by rolling dice. True story. It’s easily the most interesting way I’ve picked what to write.
So what am I writing? The alternate 7th year!
It helped that I was okay with writing either idea and that both ideas were vaguely outlined. I was definitely prepared no matter what I decided to write.
I’ve been writing during my lunch break, and it’s been working really well so far. I’m sort of surprised by how much I can get done, but it’s a good thing because it means I have less to write when I get home. I think that’s part of why I’m ahead of where I should be- I end up writing more than I plan to, and even though I could probably take a day or two off of writing completely, I’ve decided to keep the momentum going.
I’m particularly glad that I’ve been writing during lunch because I’ve had horrible lower back pain the last few days, to the point where sitting has been super-uncomfortable at home. I know it’s going to resolve in a few days (because PMS, not that anyone wanted to know or cares, and I’m sorry if it’s TMI), but it’s sort of something that’s going on right now.
MOVING ON: I was still able to write (even though I did have to write standing one night), but at least I’m enough ahead that if I only write at work, I’m still in pretty good shape.
It’s why I like having some sort of buffer- it’s great for when the unexpected happens, or when I can’t write as much.
I am currently at 12,833 words!
It’s a really good start, considering I’m only writing one novel this year. If I keep up this pace, I’m supposed to hit 50k on November 20…at which point I will stop writing, keep going or start one of the other ideas I have. Assuming I finish early, of course, but I’ll figure it out if/when that happens.
I’ve also had some really funny/interesting sentences, and I’m going to have to share those. When you’re writing and not paying attention to your inner editor, you end up with really random things. At least I got a laugh out of it!
That’s all I have for an update, but I’ll definitely be back with another update!
3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2016: An Update From The Trenches”
Yay for a glorious wordcount and for the writing coming along nicely for you! *TOSSES CAKE OF HAPPINESS EVERYWHERE* Your fanfic idea sounds really awesome. And omg you wrote at midnight?!? That’s amazing! My eyeballs always refuse to cooperate after 10pm. My game is weak.😂 Good luck with the rest of NaNo!
I did write at midnight! It’s always fun to start NaNo that way, but I was feeling super-tired right before, and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to midnight. I think excitement kicked in, and that always helps. I appreciate the cake of happiness. Cake makes everything better!
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