Week Two Update | NaNoWriMo 2016

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Sorry it’s a day late, but we are now well into two weeks of NaNoWriMo 2016 and it is time for another progress report. Before I get any further, I’m going to start by saying this past week was a complete and utter failure. I never quite made the comeback that I was hoping for after an abysmal weekend of writing. So this week is not going to have much progress reporting but more tips I’m hoping will help me get my groove back.

Progress Thus Far

What I’ve Written

I started week two of NaNoWriMo with my protagonist arriving in a new place where she would undergo transformation in the story. So I was able to write the scenes where she is introduced to the location and the new characters already there, which was fun but I required I tread carefully. So realizing I could not just word sprint my way through this part, I became intimidated by the document and threw myself into reading and research this past week. Here’s my embarrassing progress graph.

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But I haven’t lost hope that I can still turn this around. This weekend is the beginning of Thanksgiving Break so I am going to start treating writing like my job. I’m going to try to write at least 1,667 words every morning and beyond until I’m all caught up. In fact, I’m hoping to reach 50,000 words before break is over so I’m planning to do a lot of writing.

I’m at the beginning of Act II in my story, so exciting things are going to begin happening. I already have the next four chapters loosely outlined so I literally just need to sit my butt down and write them. I think the hardest bit is facing the unknown and needing to make important story choices. So what I’ve learned this week really speak to the problems I’ve been facing.

What I’ve Learned

As this past week was a struggle for me, these tips are ones I aim to follow the rest of the month and probably beyond as I attempt to finish this novel by the end of the year.

  1. Even on days I’ve overwhelmed with school or work, I need make sure to spend at least 10–30 minutes looking at my story and adding words wherever I can or notes. Even if it’s not specifically writing words that contribute to the manuscript, it’s valuable to spend time looking at your draft every day and thinking about your story so that you keep your interest piqued so that you’re ecstatic when you finally have a bunch of time to write.
  2. Keep a list of scenes I can use for word sprints, and alternatively for those I might want to go back after word sprints to add in more carefully later. I’ve been word sprinting with my writing buddy Sara at least twice a week this November and the past two times we’ve talked I’ve not been able to throw myself into sprinting as well because I wasn’t at parts of the story where I felt comfortable writing just anything. So I want to get better at saving scenes specifically for frenzied writing.

Next on the Blog

On Friday morning I leave for Thanksgiving Break, so I will be home with my parents for nine days! Once vacation is over there will only be three days left of NaNoWriMo, so naturally I’m hoping to reach 50K words next week. I’m not sure how that’s going to happen with so many other things I want to do next week, but I’m dedicated so that’s got to mean something. You can expect a new post tomorrow and then this week’s Week In Review on Sunday.

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