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NaNoWriMo: Day 22 (2019)

22 Nov

I’m writing this from a standing bar at the SeaTac Airport and I’m ready to be done writing for the day. But you know what? It was awesome.

Today’s word count: 4,229
Total word count: 38,153

Yeah! This was my best day so far. I was nervous because I only got 100 words in before work this morning. I was really nervous about getting everything packed so I stopped writing to get my things together. I was able to write at the Detroit airport, on the plane to Seattle, and then a bit after dinner at SeaTac while we wait for our final connection. I’m letting myself be done for the day because I’m really glad to have gotten as far ahead as I did and being caught up to the ‘path to success’ again.

I’m plowing ahead to my climax. It’s time to get excited about writing again as we end this marathon and writing the climax is the only thing I can think of that is going to continue to push me forward. I’ll write a really long epilogue if I finish early. At this point, I feel like finishing is not a problem. I’ve got this.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. My best bet is either taking advantage of my jet lag to write early or getting a bit done in the middle of the day. Tomorrow night is my grandma’s first birthday party (of three) so I won’t get much done in the evening.

Until next time, write on.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 21 (2019)

21 Nov

Catching up is the worst part.

Today’s word count: 2,234
Total word count: 33,924

This was a very okay day. I didn’t write in the morning so all of that was done after work. I wanted to do more. I’d hoped to break 3k today, but it just isn’t going to happen. I’m half asleep as I type this and I need to get to sleep before a long day tomorrow. I’m just going to be happy with what I was able to accomplish.

I can’t stall my plot any more so I went ahead and pushed to my next plot point. There are still a few major plot points to go, but I feel like I shouldn’t be more than a third from the end. I know climaxes tend to be fewer words than you think and I’m trying to get ahead of that.

Tomorrow is going to be rough. I’m going to get a short work out in before work and then I’m only working a half-day before my husband picks me up and we head to the airport. Then we’re flying across the country and won’t get to our destination for about 12 hours. I’ll try to write on the flights, but it’s not going to be easy to be as productive as I’d like. Fingers crossed. Maybe it will be amazing.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 (2019)

20 Nov

Two-thirds done. Crap.

Today’s word count: 2,282
Total word count: 31,690

Two days in a row missed again. I’m getting bad at this. I really can’t afford to miss another day and I need to catch up. I had a massive day today catching up and trying to get back on track but I’m still short of where I need to be. I wish I had done more, but work is wearing me out, too.

I’m dragging my middle a bit. I’m using the time to develop a relationship that I probably needed to work in earlier, but it’s as good a time as any to grow it. I am slowing down a little on purpose but I’m okay with that. I think there will be a lot more to this story on revisions since I’ve dropped a side character I wanted to make much more central to my plot. I’m letting myself be fun at this point and I’ll have to do revisions regardless so I might as well enjoy this process.

Tomorrow needs to be a big day for me. I have time for it so there’s a good chance it will be. I hope I can get caught up or at least get closer than I am right now. I’m leaving for a week-long family vacation on Friday. That will either give me plenty of time or mean I have none. It’s crunch time so I have to keep it going.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 17 (2019)

17 Nov

I’m finally ahead! We’ll see if this lasts longer than one day.

Today’s word count: 2,641
Total word count: 29,408

I was able to write in three chunks today and I think that really helped me push through on the word count. I made up for a few days of minimal writing and even got ahead! This is a lot more than I expected.

I’m trying to slow the story down and it’s going pretty well. I’m developing a relationship with my protagonist and his love interest slowly now. I probably should have started working it in earlier, but better late than never, right? Maybe this will keep me going to 50k.

Tomorrow will be tight. I’ll get some writing in before my book club and some after, but I’m not sure it will be enough. Fingers crossed my cushion is enough!

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 16 (2019)

16 Nov

I know I didn’t post yesterday, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t write! I’m just forgetful and don’t want to write about writing when I’m done writing.

Today’s word count: 2,313
(Yesterday’s word count: 2,908)
Total word count: 26,767

Today could have been better, but it was good enough. I had a swim meet this morning and it left me physically exhausted and sore. I tried to balance relaxing, eating, and recovering with writing. I’d say it went OK. I hoped to go into the week ahead but maybe I’ll be able to do that tomorrow I’m optimistic.

I’m getting more and more nervous about having enough story to get to 50k. I keep writing more detail into my scenes and writing scenes I hadn’t planned on to stretch it out. It all comes out in editing, right? So I’ll put down now what I can. I’m sure I’ll find something I missed later that will need to come out.

I’ll try to split my writing tomorrow between some time before church, maybe a little after, and finishing up after my workout. I hope I get some help around the house so chores don’t eat into that too much. Fingers crossed.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 14 (2019)

14 Nov

I don’t think I can keep playing catch up like this. I need a surge!

Today’s word count: 2,773
Total word count: 21,546

I got a lot more writing done than I had been and I’m really glad about that. I had free time this evening and I filled it with writing. There was a TV show I wanted to watch yesterday and couldn’t. I used that as a reward to myself for getting writing done. If I wrote for 30 minutes, I could watch for 30 minutes. It helped me write with focused energy for short times and I think I pushed through because of it.

I’m feeling down about my progress. This is the first day I’ve written where I didn’t catch back up to the daily target. I’m still almost 2,000 words shy of target and I’ll be even further behind tomorrow. I’m starting to wonder if I have the discipline to do this.

I’ll have time to write in the morning, which I’ve grown to really like. I have a conference all day tomorrow so I’ll have to do some work in the evening but I think I can still get words in. I’m hoping the morning is super productive to help me feel good for the day.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 11 (2019)

11 Nov

I’m taking this whole thing one day at a time. I wish I was looking ahead more, but it’s not looking good.

Today’s word count: 2 090
Total word count: 18,773

I got done what I needed to for the day, but I didn’t get ahead as I would have liked to. I’m just not feeling very motivated to get further ahead than the day requires to keep me on pace. I keep thinking an exciting scene will push me ahead, but it’s not doing it.

I’m still nervous about finishing the story before 50k. I think I’m rushing ahead too fast. I’m sure there are scenes that belong in the book that I’m missing but I don’t know what they are right now so they’re going to stay hidden. That’s what editing is for.

Tomorrow is going to be hard. I have a workout before work, I’m working late, and I have a meeting right after work. I doubt I get any writing done tomorrow. Maybe a few hundred words, but I’ll be behind by the end of tomorrow. I’m trying to be optimistic but it isn’t going well.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 10 (2019)

10 Nov

Nothing ever works out the way you want it to, does it?

Today’s word count: 1,616
Total word count: 16,683

So I got less than the requisite 1,667 but I still hit the target for the day. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a few more words before bed, but I doubt it. I was exhausted today and I can’t point to a good reason. Maybe too much turkey last night? We had Friendsgiving and were out later than expected. Today I had a girls get-together which took away some writing time, too. I struggled with my exhaustion to even get this amount done.

I’m feeling OK about my story. My pacing is going pretty well. I’m at my first disaster scene and I’m about to really launch the story into motion so it’s exciting. I always try to stop in the middle of a scene so when I come back to the story, I’m excited about it and already have some momentum going. Hopefully, it gets me going quickly when I start again tomorrow.

I have a free evening tomorrow so I’ll try to get two chunks of writing done and I’ll make another attempt to build a buffer. This is getting hard but I’m glad I’m staying on pace. It’s good not to be behind.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 9 (2019)

9 Nov

This daily posting thing isn’t going well, is it?

Today’s word count: 3,395
Yesterday’s word count: 0
Thursday’s word count: 1,578
Wednesday’s word count: 912
Total word count: 15,067

As you can see, it’s been a bit hit-or-miss. Today was a big hit! But that’s because yesterday was a huge miss. I left the house before 5AM and didn’t get home until after 9PM. Other days have been okay, but nothing super stand-out.

Today my husband has been a savior. He did a bunch of house chores so I could concentrate on writing. He’s at the grocery as I type this. I think I’ll get a big chunk done tomorrow, too, so I’ll be a bit less stressed moving into the week when I’m busy.

Last time I did NaNo, I was super ahead all of the time. I was really motivated, too. This year isn’t as great and I’m struggling with that. I hope I can have a few more good days like today so I can be comfortably ahead instead of struggling to stay on track. I’m hoping to get a template to use for these posts going forward so I can do them more regularly, too. I’m too overwhelmed with NaNo to do some traditional posts so these might be all you get for the rest of November.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

NaNoWriMo: Day 5 (2019)

5 Nov

I’m going to try to post daily about my progress to keep myself honest and you all updated on how it’s going.

Today’s word count: 2,133
Total word count: 9,182

It’s not the day I was hoping for, but I’m still happy with it.

I didn’t make it to the write-in today. My husband got home later than planned and I made a big dinner so there was no way I was making it to the library by 7. I also had to cut my writing a little short this morning to get to the polls when they opened at 7 and vote before work. Though that did allow me to come straight home and get a little more writing done, so it’s not all bad.

I’m afraid I’m not pacing the story well. I’m moving forward pretty quickly and I’m not yet to my first plot disaster, but I’m getting close and I think it will move really fast from there and I’m worried about ending up short of 50k. I’m not sure what I’d do if that happened. Maybe write a sub-plot and not bother to integrate it into the story? Maybe write a short story that’s completely unrelated but gets me the word count? There are options.

I don’t think tomorrow will be as successful, but I should be optimistic, right?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!