It’s been a busy week! NaNo is going pretty well so far. I think last time I mentioned having really bad back pain, and I am really glad to report that it went away. Writing is a lot easier when you can actually sit long enough to do it.
Last Sunday was a really good day for writing, and I ended up being really glad I had a buffer. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I didn’t have a lot of motivation to write. The results of the election really got to me (more than any other year) and as much as I wanted and hoped writing would be a good distraction, it wasn’t. By Thursday, though, I was starting to feel more motivated to write, and now my writing is back to normal.
I did go to a few fun write-ins that I really want to talk about. My co-ML and I hosted one at the Ghiradelli store we have in downtown San Diego because chocolate and ice cream and writing go together. I was on a little bit of a sugar high, since I had an eclair for breakfast and then the sundae and root beer float. I was glad I arrived late to a friend’s birthday thing at Extraordinary Desserts and didn’t order anything because as it was, I went to bed at, like, 8:30 which is insanely early for me. The sugar crash was not fun.
That worked out well, though, since a bunch of us took the train up to L.A. and I had to be up early. I did look out the window for a while, looking at the ocean, but then I settled into writing. A few of us ate at the train station at this really good crepe place, and I took a writing break. I did crochet, just because I needed to clear my mind and do something creative that I didn’t have to think about. It turned out to be a pretty good idea, because I was super-focused on the way home and got a lot of writing done.
We also did this cafe hop last week, and went to four different coffee shops. That was a pretty productive day too, but I had a massive caffeine crash when I got home because I had like, 4 cups of coffee. I could barely stay awake during Once Upon A Time, and I ended up not watching Walking Dead because I was too tired. But I know they have re-runs, so I know I’ll catch the episode another time.
As for the actual writing (since I’m talking more about the stuff going on around the writing), I’ve definitely hit the middle part of the story where I just feel very blah about writing quite a few chapters. I mean, Hermione and Charlie are wandering around, the way Hermione, Ron and Harry wandered around the Forests Of Dean for months, and I’m just bored writing it. I normally write out of order anyway, because sometimes I don’t want to write certain scenes or chapters, but I’m jumping around a lot more than normal.
I did want to include Hermione and Charlie hiding out in Romania on the dragon reserve, but I wasn’t sure how to work it in. I still don’t, but for now, I’m just writing it. I can always fit it in later- assuming I actually go back to the story at some point, and that’s not likely.
*But it is possible. At least writing random scenes are helping, and it’s a nice change from what I was writing for the story.
As for my actual word count: I’m currently at 30,021 words! Which is really good, and I have a pretty good buffer. I’m a good 5 days or so ahead of where I’m supposed to be, and I’m really proud of that, considering some of the things going on this month. Writing wasn’t always the distraction I was hoping it would be, but I’m glad that I’m still writing something every day.
Hopefully I’ll have another update next week!