NaNoWriMo 2016 Experience: Week 3

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I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks of NaNoWriMo and we’re just about to enter Week 4! Time has passed so quickly and if there’s one thing NaNoWriMo is great for, it’s showing just how much you can accomplish in just under a month.

Monday, 14 November:

After my sad effort last week, I was determined to get a good chunk of writing in today. Well, it must have been the power of the super moon because I kept working steadily for a few hours this evening and at the end of it glanced up and realised I’ve managed to get 6049 words written. This also means I’ve hit the halfway mark in NaNoWriMo and then some which is excellent! Woohoo!

Tuesday, 15 November:

Still brimming with the high of the super moon and my excellent word count yesterday, I got busy being productive in other ways today – I hit the gym, did a load of blogging, cooked a bunch of meals from scratch. However, that meant that by the time I actually did sit down to write, I was feeling pretty knackered. I decided instead to head to bed early so I’d be fresh tomorrow to get some proper writing done. However, mindful of daily word counts, I did turn on the laptop because I wanted to be able to say I got some writing done at least today. I only managed to write one scene (a total of 947 words) before I went to bed but I’m happy anyway because at least I showed up and wrote something today. And that’s what NaNoWriMo is all about, right?

Wednesday, 16 November:

A little family kerfuffle that has been brewing since late last week has me in a blue funk today and because of this I didn’t actually get as much writing as I was hoping too. A poorer effort than yesterday with only a word count of 895 words. Ah, well, these things happen. Time for a better effort tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 November:

Things are still weighing heavily on my mind and I’m still not actually in the mood to get some writing done. But, hey, if we never do anything when we don’t feel like it, we’ll never get anything done so I power up the laptop and try to put my personal issues out of my mind. It’s still in the back of my mind, which is annoying, but writing helps me disappear into my world and at the end of my session, I’ve managed to write 2469 words, which I’m pretty happy about. I’m back to my average again!

Friday, 18 November:

The kerfuffle has still got my feathers ruffled and I’m feeling a bit gloomy today so I take the day off and spend it reading and watching some shows instead. Girl needs a day off sometimes. 0 words written today.

Saturday, 19 November:

Family problem solved! With that off my mind and a bit of guilt weighing on my shoulders remembering how much time I haven’t spent writing this week, I settle down to finally get some proper work done. I’m having trouble actually figuring out just how this scene should work out but I kind of just move my characters where they need to be and figure I can come back later and actually fill in the proper details. I get in a solid average number again with 2009 words.

Sunday, 20 November:

It’s a beautiful spring day outside and everyone else is out having drinks and a good time in the sun. I’m experiencing serious FOMO here and for a moment consider putting aside the laptop and heading out for a drink instead. But, no, it’s NaNoWriMo and I haven’t done as much writing as I wanted to this week. I promised myself I would get some serious writing done this Sunday and so I will. Plenty of time to go out later!

So with a sigh, I settle down and crank up the laptop. I work steadily through the afternoon, breaking for dinner and then did a sort of compromise where I wrote while in between watching Mockingjay Part I on TV. Katniss is kinda annoying in this particular sequel. Finnick is a total hottie though and I’m sad to think he’ll be killed off at the end of the series. Suzanne Collins, why did you have to let the hot one die?

I plug away happily at my writing, working all the way up till about ten minutes to midnight when I knew I had better start entering my daily word count! My marathon NaNoWriMo sesh has paid off and I’ve managed a grand total of 9716 words! My mind is blown. But I’m still on a high and I keep writing for another couple more hours before finally turning in to bed. At the end of it, I’ve just about another 5000 words or so left to go before I hit my target of 50,000 words. I’m so close – and so excited!

Total word count for Week 3 of NaNoWriMo: 22,085 words

Summary of Week 3:

I feel like I could have done more this week, but I’m happy I actually got to write a little each day most days. My two big writing sessions on Monday and Sunday also bumped me up to a pretty big word count at the end of the week which I am grateful for!

NaNoWriMo Moral of the Week: The important thing is to show up every day (okay, most days) and at least write something.



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