Day 27 of Nanowrimo has just passed and my statues is 93559 words.
Do you guys know what that means? I have to write exactly 2147 words each day for the last remaining 3 days and then I’ll have reached 100000 words!
That’s 5 zeros.
F I V E !
I’m going to be completely honest here, two days ago I just wanted to give up and stop writing, the big hit of 2017 happened last week and I had to force myself to sit down and write 2000 words every day. But I did it! And now there’s only the home stretch left and my goal is so near I can almost touch it! I will run straight through it and raise my hands in the air, wave to the neighbors and fist pump until I get a cramp in my hand.
I want to tell you it’s been a good week. If you just look at the numbers it’s actually been a magnificent week. I’ve written about 22000 words the last week and my current word count is 78547. Such an overachiever (eye roll). I’ve also validate my word count so I’m officially a winner. Applause!
But all that aside- Oh my god! I just want to go burry myself somewhere and sleep for about 48 hours.
It’s not that I don’t like my story, I do actually, the new one I started last week is so much fun writing and I love the characters. They are just the right amount of mix between sarcasm, tragedy and humor that gets me going. The problem is, I just feel worn out. My head feels like it might explode just thinking about writing.
And this is when most sane people would say it’s okay to take a break. That I’m already well over the goal and shouldn’t worry about it. Maybe I even deserve a break.
But here’s where my brain goes crazy.
When I started this month I had a secret goal of writing at least 2000 words every day. That would have landed me at a minimum of 60000 words. And so far I haven’t had a day under 2000 words. And that’s a pattern. And my brain loves patterns. So you know…
If I write 2000 words on the 8 remaining days I’ll end up on 94500 words. And that’s just too close to 100000 words to miss out on. So that’s happening. New goal is to hit 100000 words in one month.
Yes, I do know it’s crazy and I do understand that my head might actually explode.
But I will have reached six digits! Do you get that! How many people can say they wrote 2 novels in a month and over 100000 words? Those bragging rights, man! I will be a pretentious monster who finds any and all situations to tell everyone about that one time she wrote two novels in a month. Sounds glorious, right? ^^
The second week of the big Nano adventure of 2017 is over and so is my story.
Yep, you read that right. I finished my story. At 50168 words I finished my original nanowrimo story for the year. On day 13.
So what do you do when you have 16 days left of nanowrimo and no more story? You start a new one. Obviously…
I was hit with the shiny new idea syndrome about a week ago and my head just wouldn’t stop screaming at me so I said to myself: “If you finish your current story you can start writing your shiny new idea” Said and done, I wrote 27000 words in 6 days. Stats man, you gotta love ’em.
So today was my first day with my shiny new idea and it was glorious. It’s contemporary! I love contemporary, why I don’t just stick to contemporary is beyond me. Fantasy and all that jazz is so attractive but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of things contemporary is my jam.
The mountain bike aspect of the story might not be as prominent as I originally thought, but I’m still hilariously uninformed on the subject. Google is my friend, like they say, but google has not been very helpful this time. I think I need to do a bit more in depth digging but right now I just want to write, so that will have to be an issue for December.
So far I’ve been able to keep up with my goals of writing 2000 words minimum each day. Even a day like today, when I was completely beat after my marathon of getting to 50000 words yesterday, I still managed to get 2000 words down. It think I deserve a pat on the back. Or some thai food.
Day 11 is getting to an end and I’ve just hit 40000 words. Feels pretty amazing, not going to lie. I’ll have reached 50000 by day 14, at the very latest, and then what? My story is getting near the end but I’m determined to not stop writing. My goals is to write every single day and to have a minimum daily word count of 2000 words.
To achieve this I’ve decided to start on a second story. The one I’m writing right now is a near future dystopian where a governmental experiment goes right. But my next one will be a contemporary. I love the thought of writing fantasy, dystopian and sci-fi but most of the time I enjoy contemporary more.
So, starting on day 14 I will start a new novel, after I’ve finished my first one. I don’t have a word goal for this one. I would love to write 50000 more words but I’m not going to go crazy over it.
I haven’t decided on a title yet but it will be about mountain bikes. Which I know nothing about, sooo… that will be interesting. I might even create a drinking game: Lets see how many things Anneli can get wrong about Mountain Bikes- drink every time! I’ll keep you updated on twitter. Also, if you have any knowledge about mountain bikes (the sport, the equipment, the training) don’t be afraid to share.
I hope nano is treating you well. Happy writing!
Hello fellow Nano fighters!
The first week is over and I hope everyone have had a good and productive couple for first days. Personally I’ve already reached 20000 words in 6 days which, I’m not gonna lie, makes me feel like a superhero.
For me, the key to being able to write a lot of words is to not take it too seriously. I’m not taking my writing, my plot or myself anywhere near ‘too seriously’. I am well aware that those 20000 words I’ve written are to a major extent crap. They are complete and utter shitty crap.
But that doesn’t matter. I’m well on my way of getting my story down on paper and I’m spending some quality time with my characters and I’m developing a craft I love doing.
I’m not thinking about the future. The future have absolutely nothing to do with Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is all about what’s going on now, in this moment and the future doesn’t give a shit about your future plans- and neither should you. The one single year when Nanowrimo felt like a chore and not like a fun month of doing what I love was the year I was writing to get published. The project turned out to be the most boring thing I have ever written and I was miserable writing it.
So write what you love. Write the characters that you find intriguing. Jump between POV’s as if they were all on fire (maybe they are). Put them in a world you know you’ll enjoy and love. There are no musts or rules for Nanowrimo. If you want your villain to be riding a horse-sized frog in the middle of Manhattan while giving away free chocolate that turns everyone who eats it into a talking ferret. Why not? You do you!
So don’t be discouraged or too afraid. Just sit down and write what ever comes to mind. And if that is a crazy villain, a courageous hero or a simple plain high school student who’s biggest problem is getting a D on his math test, that’s not the point.
The point is: You Are Writing!