Nov 13 – 16,001 words
I may have missed my target count today, but I think it’s rather awesome that I’ve reached 16,001 words overall. I have plenty of time to catch up, so I’m not overly worried about the lagging word count. I did have the most fun yet in writing a particular scene, which is always exciting. You know, when you get to that point where your imagination is flowing directly to your fingers and out into a document. Where you’re feeling and experiencing exactly what your character is as it’s happening. That’s the sort of magic that I love about writing.
The hard truth is I really am behind. I will be 7,337 words behind as of tomorrow. With the holidays coming, I was hoping to be at a bit of a surplus of words than a deficit. I still have the rest of this week and the coming weekend to make things right and to get on top though, so that’s where my mind is focused!
I’m off for some much needed sleep though. Sorry if this post is hard to follow… lack of sleep does that to ya.
I clearly had way too much fun writing since I made my original post for Day 12. Technically, this is Day 13 but seeing as I haven’t been to sleep yet I’m going to call it a victory for Day 12. 1,832 words of plot-thickening goodness! Sadly, I have to leave this part of the story behind shortly and get back to the main characters, but I’ve had so much fun setting up all of the deceit and deception going on behind the scenes that I hope I can make a story out of just that in the future!
I did find one challenge I hadn’t expected: When describing non-human creatures, how okay is it to use human parallels? For instance, I don’t think demons would have blood like a human does… however I wanted them to “bleed”. I did take the time to make sure the reader knew it was a parallel though, but was that going too far? We’ll see I guess.
Time for bed though… Good night, everyone!
I’m just getting to writing now, so the words will count for tomorrow instead of today. That said, I finally got hit with the cold that’s been going around the house. For me, a large man with sleep apnea, that means sleep isn’t easy. Lack of sleep tends to stifle creativity. On the other hand, I did some research and I think I know how to make my CPAP machine work in my favor tonight. 🙂
I also had a nice long talk with a new and good friend about self-doubt. That’s really what I’ve been battling for the last several days, and it’s been winning as my word counts have shown. To my amazement, I found out that he suffers from it as well. He also pointed out that it’s likely from fear, and if I care so much about this project to be afraid of failing, then it’s obviously important enough to me to keep going at it! I never thought of it that way, and I certainly will from now on. I need to turn this into motivation, just as much as I need to focus less on how many words I’m writing and more on the quality of the story. On November 30th, I want something I’m proud, not just a fancy badge for a blog that says “Winner”. Though, winning NaNoWriMo would be awesome too, obviously. 🙂
I also did some soul searching myself, and I realized that all this self-doubt is rather silly. No, I’m not a skilled writer. I’ve never written anything longer than an article or a short story, so I can’t really claim that I’m the best novel writer around. Of course there will be mistakes, but that’s what this is all about. I have to start somewhere, and the very fact that I can come up with enough of a story to keep writing tells me that I have enough talent to pull this off. Every time I go back to my Google Docs to pick up where I left off, another facet of the story emerges. Every time I think about it, I find something new I can add that brings other elements closer together and makes everything feel more complete. That should tell me something, right?
So back to the docs for me! The way I see it, I have a few hours to write before I should get some sleep. 🙂
Nov 11 – 12,749 words
The missing posts tell a story of someone who lost his will to write. I’m not sure what else to call it, only that it is a self-defeating thing that I have to work so very hard to overcome. I’m not one to hear voices in my head, but I can tell you what they would say if the feeling were to speak: “Give up, this is pointless.” “You’re not a real author.” “What are you really trying to prove?” “You’re just wasting your time.”
I’m not out of the woods yet, but I did start writing again today. I feel better for it, but I know I have a lot of catching up to do. As of tomorrow, I’ll need 7,255 words to bring me current with the daily goal. That’s not impossible, but I know I can’t push myself to do all that in one day. Instead I’m adjusting my daily goal to compensate for what I have to make up. I just hope I can continue to write, or else I’ve lost this already.
The story itself has morphed into something larger than I thought it would be. I had some issues describing certain points, so I had to create a fair amount of back story and future plot in order to make things right. The result is that I have a lot more material to work with, but I fear my writing might be hard to read and follow.
Anyway, that’s all for now.
Nov 6 – 8668 Words
That’s right, my friends! 2,450 words tonight! I’m not sure if the election coverage was just that boring or if I was just that creative, but I managed to write all of that in just a few hours. I’ve found that once I get a scene in my head, the story comes quickly as I describe it and keep it moving through words. I’m also having a lot of fun acting out what my characters are doing and feeling in my head. Is this what a director feels like when filming a movie? If so, it’s GREAT!
So far I have two sisters as I said before. They are twins, and as such they’ve done what they could to be completely different. I have my main antagonist with his own struggles, and I have a few supporting characters that will make things very interesting. One of the challenges I’m finding is trying to write about things I know little about or haven’t experienced yet in my life. Writing the thoughts and feelings of a woman has been a particularly difficult experience. My hope is that if anything I write is incorrect, that I can have a more experienced eye pick them out and help me correct them later. Later being the important part as my main focus has to be the 50,000 word goal!
I wish I could do a better job imparting my excitement in this blog post… I’m nearly jumping in my seat. I was totally caught off guard when I tallied everything up and saw just how much I wrote tonight.
So now to reward myself with a bit of gaming… Age of Empires online most likely!
894 words seems like such a small drop in the bucket, but that was barely an hour’s worth of work. In that light, I think it was actually pretty good. Though I once again need to remind myself that the point of NaNoWriMo isn’t about speed, but about developing habit. The fact that I actually felt a little regret over not writing yesterday means I’m already starting to build that habit. It’s becoming less about the contest and more about telling the story of Olivia and Tiffany, twin sisters who are worlds apart. Also of the incubus Dailus and his experiences as a mortal and the consequences of his disobedience. I grow more excited as I write what feels like two separate stories, for I know that they will eventually meet. I also know when they do finally meet, things will be reversed: I’ll be writing about how hard it is for me to stop writing, and how I wish my laptop was water-proof so I can write and shower at the same time. 😉
I’m not too disappointed about my low word count today. I know I set myself a goal to double the daily goal, but I also realize that I can’t push myself so hard that I burn out quickly. What’s important is that the story continues to flow nicely when I do sit down to write, which means the well is far from dry. Right now I think it’s important to find out what works as a motivator and what can help create the perfect environment for creative writing.
If I can be honest, this is the most I’ve ever written for a single topic. Most of my short stories are a page or two tops, and my articles were never longer than few thousand words. So far my total word count is 5,324. I know that a lot of editing will have to go into this novel when the month is over, but that’s a thought for December 1st. Right now, I’m very proud of myself and I feel like I can easily write another 45,000 words before the end of the month.
By now, I’ve introduced several characters that will have important roles throughout the story. I’ve given ample back story where it was needed and set the tone for the types of relationships we have so far. The next part is going to be more difficult as I have to ramp things up and bring elements closer together without giving away the plot twist that will signify the climax of the story. I’m also doing research as I go, which has helped give me more ideas for the story.
All in all, I’m having a lot of fun and I’m enjoying myself. How about you? Are you participating, and if so how are you doing so far?