Checking In: Surviving Week Two

11 Nov

We’ve reached the end of Week 2 of NaNoWriMo, and while the words may not be flying as hot and fast as they were at the start of the month, hopefully everyone is still forging ahead. We have 19 days to go, so there’s plenty of time to catch up, if necessary.

Mini-Mashup of Awesome

Over at the Boston Globe, Delia Cabe posted a just-for-fun list of the ten must-haves for NaNoWriMo. Em’s personal favourite is The Ostrich (seriously, it is kind of epic, and Lena cannot stop laughing at the accompanying picture). You have to read it to understand!

Jay Kristoff reminds all WriMos that during the month of November, time is currency (yep, he mentions the new Justin Timberlake film!). His list includes tips such as ‘Don’t let anyone read it’ and ‘The end is not the end’.

For those of you lamenting the mid-month slump, Jody Hedlund has some great tips on forging ahead and overcoming the “end of the honeymoon” with your WIP.

Finally, there’s been some chatter about the discrepancies that exist between the word counters on many word processors and NaNoWriMo’s official counter. Once NaNo’s counter goes live, copy and paste your current draft, just to double-check your progress.

Checking In

Em’s Update:

This check-in couldn’t come at a better time because within the last couple of hours I have hit the Week 2 blues. Well actually I am not sure I have the blues but I have a healthy measure of self-doubt with a dollop of anxiety mixed in. I want to write, that isn’t the problem and I like my book and am finding time to write but I worry I don’t have enough plot. Or more accurately I have rushed through the start of my book and I feel half way through if not more and I have just passed 20,000 words. I am not going to cry, or start again or delete ANYTHING but I am going to take some time over the weekend to think about my plot. I didn’t really outline the end of my novel because I figured ‘I won’t get there in 50,000 words’ but if I had a firmer idea of the ending I might feel a bit more relaxed about not running out of plot!

Apart from the above things are going well. At close of day on Thursday my word count is 20,882! NaNo is all definately all about the numbers. I love updating the word counter and checking out the progress graph. I like all the associated numbers such as the fact I have less that 30,000 words to go (29,118 to be precise) and passing milestones like 15,000 or 20,000. Wish I had thought of mini rewards for these milestones. Must remember that for next year!

I am off to my friends house for the weekend and I am really looking forward to a change of scene for a few days. She is really supportive of my writing so I am looking forward to chatting with her about it and she will understand if I randomly jot things down mid conversation! I might go to a write in at the weekend although I am a fairly secret writer and the thought of being out in public as a writer is terrifying! But the idea of talking to other people about writing is so exciting.

So plan is, look at outline over weekend and write, write and write some more!

Lena’s Update:

It’s been a week filled with quite a few ups and downs for me. Ironically, I ended up catching a cold at my first local meetup; we were sitting outside, and I didn’t quite realize how cold it was. By the time I got home, my asthma was flaring and I really didn’t feel like doing any writing. Instead, I spent lots of time relaxing and dealing with schoolwork, and I am happy to say that I am both recovered and caught up with my word count. As of Thursday night, I have 17,673 words, which places me just slightly ahead of the 16,666 minimum that we should have for today. I’m incredibly grateful for the writing sprints I’ve done with Em, Lauren, and a few others. Taking an hour to focus solely on my writing and shut off (most) other distractions has gotten me back on track, and then some.

One of the challenges to tackling this as a Rebel is that I’ve included roughly 2000 words from an earlier draft of the story, and yikes, it’s totally out-of-date. It’s fascinating to see how my main character, Liandre, has changed; she’s much less timid and frightened than she was in my earlier versions of this story, which makes writing her much more enjoyable (seriously, guys, she cowered and cringed at just about everything before, and it was all I could do not to smack her). On the other hand, the two earlier scenes that I’ve included are driving me nuts — they don’t fit, and all I want to do is fix them, even though I really should be focusing on pushing forward instead of cleaning things up. If I can get ahead on my word count this weekend, then I’m going to definitely go back and fix the two scenes that are bugging me.

I think I’ve reached that mid-month point where I still like my story, but I’m not nearly as thrilled with it as I was at the start of the month. I do find myself cringing as I throw down dialogue that is less-than-perfect, or when I utilize worn-out cliches and metaphors. Moving forward, I think I am going to have to take some time out to brainstorm and do some journaling about my story, that way I can stay abreast of the new developments that occur.

How’s everyone else doing?

Are we the only ones hitting that mid-month slump? If so, are you using any strategies to get that “special feeling” back again? Let us know how it’s going!

– Em and Lena

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7 Responses to “Checking In: Surviving Week Two”

  1. Fallon November 11, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I haven’t hit a slump yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes in the next 5-10K. I’m almost at 19k now and I usually hit the slump between 25-30K. I think I’ve developing a bit of a crush on my main character though. 😉 If I wasn’t married, and he was real…lol. Anyway…the problem I’m running into is that the female main character loves to shop and socialize, the exact opposite of me, so I’m finding it hard to write her. But, I know there’s more to her than that. I’m just about to come up to my first major plot point, so it should make things interesting. 🙂

  2. Sarah Pearson November 11, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I think I may be going to fail 😦

  3. Nadja Notariani November 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Lena & Em! ~

    We’ve been writing for 10 days now…today will be the eleventh! I can’t believe it. I’ve passed 22K, and today I hope to pass 24K….we’ll see how it goes.

    I still love my hero…he’s too delicious, but my heroine is a bit flat. She’s come to life more in the past 10K than in the first 10…but I am NOT allowing myself to go back and change her at all until after the end. It’s sooooo hard not to….lol.

    This book’s characters are much darker than in Claiming The Prize….and Her Dark Baron, too! I don’t know…..Anyway. It’s a totally new sort of story for me. I’ve not written any paranormal before, and I have to admit that I’m liking it.

    Sarah…..Don’t give up! I don’t know what’s keeping you down, but for me, it is extremely hard to just write. Forget the perfect strong verb. Forget the most concise way to word something. Just write. I’ll be able to do all that later. If that’s what has got you down….I’ll cheer you on even harder, because I’m going through the same thing!

    Great job Fallon….

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Em November 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    What is getting you down Sarah? Maybe if you share someone will be able to give you some advice to help you out?

    Great jobs Nadja and Fallon….I too am falling for my Dectective. No doubt his wife will start to resemble me more and more as the story goes on.

    Keep up the good work everyone!

  5. Robin McCormack November 12, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Writing away but behind with typing it all up so no idea of my word count. Going to do a marathon typing session this weekend and get caught up. My day at the shop tomorrow so will have 4 hours to myself (well, depending on how many customers we have) Murphy’s law–I want to get something done, we’ll be super busy. Yeah for finances, pooh for me. Thumbs up – everybody.

  6. Lauren Garafalo November 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I’m late, I’m late, for our very important date! Thursday and Friday were rough, and I got very little writing in. I started today at about 3 PM so we’ll see where it goes from here. I’d like to get caught up over the weekend because I know all the bad, unmotivated things I do when I get behind lol. I’m not too freaked out yet. I was at 18,245 the last time I added everything up, so I feel good about that even if I’m further behind than I’d like.

    This next week is going to prove challenging. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going. I mean, I know the end, but there’s a lot before the end that I don’t have planned out well. I’ve also found things in the first 20,000 words with my world building that I thought I had worked out in my head, but apparently I was wrong LOL. So, here’s to a week of discovery and getting reorganized.

    Lena, Em, Nadja, Robin, and Fallon…you’re all doing wonderfully!! Sarah – good luck!!! Let us know if we can help and join us for sprints if you’re having trouble with motivation!

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