The NanoWriMo Diaries – Week 2

smiley coffeeSo on to week 2 and my word count currently stands at 17,871. Seasoned NanoWriMoers will tell you that the second week is harder than the first. The plot begins to unravel, your inner editor starts asking to be let in and have a bit of a tidy-up and creative fatigue rears it’s ugly noggin.

Personally, the week started out having hit a wall. I found some momentum on Monday and Tuesday but by mid-week I had other commitments that kept me away from my laptop until late in the evening that left me too tired to write in the mornings.  So I’m a bit behind now. A good bit behind. However, we are still only at the half-way point. I am down but by no means out. 🙂

Day 8 – I hit a wall today. Not literally, suffered a severe bout of writer’s block for the first time. I started doing some non NanoWriMo writing, trying to put together a short story for my writing class next week. Long story short, I ended up throwing away 500 words that took over 3 hours to write. I re-wrote another 300 towards the story but was so frustrated that I abandoned all thoughts of my novel for the night in favour of wine and self-pity.

Day 9 – We’re back in business folks.  I finished my short story for class this morning (it’s still terrible, but it’s written which it the main thing) and I spent the evening catching up on my word count.  At the rate I’m going I now HAVE to complete 1667 words per day, the 3000 I banked on the first day having been squandered by yesterday’s block but at least I’m still on target. I am starting to realise how little advance research I did for this story. The plot is also holier than the vatican. However, I am loving it again, so at least there’s that.

Day 10 – My initial plan was to have 5 or 6 interlinking stories but as I pushed past 16,000 words I realise that this would be an epic of biblical proportions and not exactly what I had in mind.  One story that is more historical keeps pushing its way to the fore but wasn’t in my original outline so I’m reluctant to start writing it.  I still have to finish story number one though. I foresee a major block up ahead.

Day 11 – I would have done almost anything but face another day of writing after work today. I spend much of my working day at a computer, so the prospect of coming home to spend a few more hours on my laptop was not a pleasant prospect. However, I have persevered and am still, more or less, on target.  It has dawned on me how difficult this process is though. If I take so much as one day off, that’s at least one day where I have to write 3000 words, if I’m to get there on time. That’s a scarier prospect than a Stephen King novel.

Day 12 – After my mini panic yesterday, I didn’t write today.

Day 13 – Or today.

Day 14 – I did write a small bit today but decided to go out with friends, instead. Socializing’s important too right?

To see week one, click here

6 Comment

  1. I hope you get your goal at the end of November! And yes, socialising is good from time to time =)

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks a lot. 🙂

  2. Laura says: Reply

    I definitely agree that the second week was harder than the first! I hit a bit of a wall myself this week, and although when I wrote my last update post on Friday night I was just about on target, I only did half the word count yesterday (and nothing yet today!), so I’m starting to get a bit behind as well. But like you say, there’s still time! We’re only at the half way point. Good luck with week 3!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Glad to hear that you managed to hit your targets for the second week. As they say though, when your in the middle the only way out is through.

      Good luck to you too with week 3.

  3. I have just laughed out loud at your ‘holier than the Vatican’ line. Brilliant. Mine too. And yes, you’re allowed a day off and you’re also allowed to keep going at your own pace and not beat yourself up if you don’t have an arbitrary number of words on an arbitrary day. I am reminding myself this too having made myself ill this week trying to fit everything in.

    And what is it with these other stories that force themselves forwards? Something I thought was a character’s back story (although also v.relevant to the main story too) is pushing to become one half of a dual narrative. Like you, I’m ignoring it for now but the problem with these first drafts, for me at least, is the indication of how much work is still to come.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Oh it’s never worth making yourself sick over. I think I’m learning that the odd day off is necessary.

      Yes, it’s weird how some of the characters will just take on a life of their own and insist that you write about certain aspects of the story. I guess this is why editing (several times) is so important.

      Good luck with your draft 🙂

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