I have another update about NaNoWrimo!
I’m doing really well so far! I ended up doing a bunch of scenes set in Romania, since Hermione and Charlie take an unexpected detour.
I did skip quite a bit of the middle, because I was doing only the slightest variation on the same thing, and I was just so bored writing it. I definitely wasn’t getting anywhere with it, and I knew if I wanted to keep going, I had to go for the stuff I wanted to write. And that, apparently, was Romania, so I went for it. I jump back to the story, and I ended up writing the last few chapters I had outlined…only to realize that the story was nowhere near done. I, of course, had planned for the story to be over and done with on November 30, but clearly, the characters have other plans. They always seem to go off in their own direction, and never mind what I wanted them to do.
I did add on an extra chapter, and it actually gave me some ideas for the middle part of it. Assuming I actually go back to it, but let’s be honest here: I’m probably not going to go back to it or keep going once November is over, and this time next year, I’ll probably be on some other new idea (or ideas, because that’s what I usually do) and completely forget this one ever existed.
There is a part of me that wants to actually finish this one, but I know I’ve said that before. And there was that one year where I did keeping writing after November. If I remember correctly, I was still working on stuff in December or January before I stopped. And the novel I did last year was a re-write of the one I did 2 years ago, so it’s possible I could keep going. Who knows how I’ll feel after 50k/November 30. Maybe I should just get through this month first before deciding.
I have noticed something interesting this year with my writing- Mondays and Tuesdays seem to be the days I have the least motivation.
I was willing to write it off that first week (because being on my period combined with not taking the election results well meant my writing took a hit). But last week? It made me wonder if maybe Mondays/Tuesdays weren’t my best days for writing. The only way to know for sure is to see what happens the next couple of weeks, but two weeks isn’t going to give me a definite answer.
Still, I’m way ahead of where I’m supposed to be, so I’m not at all worried about falling behind. I was a little bit nervous a few days ago, knowing that the last few days of the month are the days I’m the least motivated to write, but at the same time, I write the most on weekends. Especially Sundays. And with Thanksgiving this week, I have a couple of extra writing days. There’s nothing like a 4-day weekend to (hopefully) reach 50k.
And speaking of word count…
I’m at 43,343 words! I can definitely reach 50k this week. That’s the goal. Which means I won’t need to worry about trying to finish when I’m potentially not motivated to finish. Because anything I write after 50k will be icing on the cake. And I will be eating cake when I finish. Because cake.
That’s all of the update I have for today, and hopefully I’ll have a really awesome update soon. In the meantime, have a great Thanksgiving if you’re in the U.S., and a great week if you’re not!