Day 7, and the first week is done!

… How has it been a week already? Doesn’t seem two minutes since NaNoWriMo 2016 kicked off and here we are, one week down.

Yesterday, I succeeded in hitting 15,341 words so I didn’t put too much pressure on myself to find time to write today. I’ll kick myself for it come next Monday when I’m lagging behind but there was a good reason for it.

Today, in the twenty minutes I was able to grab at my desk, I plotted. I schemed. I planned.

Nope, it wasn’t to figure out who it is taking other people’s things from the fridge in the staff room (today’s missing item: a boiled egg. I know. Random, right?)

I plotted out the next couple of chapters of LWL2, and surprisingly, got inspiration for a twist in the tale where LWL3 is concerned.

I’m really starting to like all of the characters in this series now. When I wrote the first book, I had a clear favourite and couldn’t wait to tell her story. Now I love all four of the characters who’ll each have a chance to shine if the series pans out the way I want it to, and I find I can quite easily slip into each characters mind and see how the scene would unfold from their perspective.

I hope that because I can easily relate to the characters, anyone who reads the series if/when it sees the light of day will be able to, too. I hope they’re likeable, despite their flaws, and that people will get behind them and root for them to achieve the goals each of them sets out to in their individual stories.

And here ends today’s rambling post. I’ve got three intense training days ahead of me at work so not sure if my brain will be able to function enough to write in my spare time.

Happy writing!

Woop, woop, chicken soup…

… As nephew #1 would say.

Ahem. Sorry.

I’ve finally typed up my weekend’s scribbles, added a little bit more and logged in to the NaNo website to update my word count and check out my stats.

(This is where I’d insert a drum roll if I could…)

My total for the last few days is 9,708 words. My overall total for this NaNoWriMo project so far is 14,055 words – so I’m 4,055 ahead of schedule!

Yay!

This giddy sense of achievement is going to be short-lived, I suspect. This week is going to be a nightmare at work so breaks in which I can get some writing done will be few and far between. Next weekend, I’m on babysitting duty for my nephews from Friday night to lunch time on Sunday – so there’ll be no writing catch up sessions then, either.

As far as the story goes, Elle has now been well and truly established, and the other characters from the previous book in the series have been introduced. There’s something about writing dialogue when the four of them get together that just makes me smile and flows easily, which makes it a pleasure to write.

I’ve started to hint at and build towards the first big event that’s going to test Elle, which I expect to happen in the next two/three chapters or so. So far, the story’s on track for how it’s supposed to go in my head and on track with the hastily scrawled outline of where I need to be by the middle of the book.

That reminds me, I’ve always wondered how other people tackle NaNoWriMo. Do you plan how you want your story to go before 1st November or do you just start writing and see where it takes you?

Happy Sunday, lovely people, and happy writing!

Day 3…

It’s day three of NaNoWriMo and I have reached the conclusion that writing is hard. Especially when you’re trying to do it around other stuff.

Well, the writing itself isn’t hard as such. If I’m left in peace to do it, I can babble for England if I need to. Admittedly, at least half will be deleted at a later date but I can get words down on paper/on screen if I have the time to do so.

Today, I had to be at work early for a meeting that I didn’t really need to be at (the organisation I work for excels at having meetings to discuss what should and shouldn’t be said at the meeting you’re having with someone else about the meeting that’s planned with another someone else usually outside of the organisation for later that week. Seriously. I thought meetings about meetings was joke until I started working here.)

But I digress.

I went in early, thinking I’d get my usual morning writing done at my lunch break. I then didn’t get a lunch break. I also didn’t get to leave on time, and when I got home, I found my two adorable distractions aka nephew 1 and nephew 2 waiting for me.

I know other writers like to hammer home the message that you need to make time to write, that you have to be firm and insist you get left alone in order to do it but that’s easier said than done when you work full-time and have family commitments when you get home.

Sigh.

Today has been a hard writing day, but I’m hoping to catch up at the weekend.

Word count for today: 1058 (and I’m pretty sure at least half of that will get cut later.)
Word count total so far: 4347
That’s 653 behind the total NaNo tells me I should be at on Day Three.

I hope my fellow NaNoWriMo’s are having more success!

NaNoWriMo + Distractions

Considering it’s only day two, this isn’t a great post to be writing!

I fear I may have made a fatal mistake.

The weekend before NaNoWriMo started, I read the first two books in a series, and told myself my reward for completing the month-long writing challenge would be being able to sit down and enjoy the final two. (It’s the Edge series, by Ilona Andrews if anyone’s interested. Thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it – I’m a long-time fan of her Kate Daniel’s series, and her new series, and finally decided to treat myself to the ones I haven’t yet read.)

Anyway.

My timing sucks.

I absolutely adored the first two books of the series, and am desperate to read the final two. I can hear them calling to me from my kindle, coaxing me, telling me that it’s okay to put the writing on hold – “your characters aren’t going anywhere, their story can wait… Why extend the energy putting something in your head in words when someone else has already done it so brilliantly for you to enjoy? It’s not forever… Just a little delay…”

I’m trying to resist at the moment, but wondering if there may be some truth into that old Borg saying about resistance being futile…

Word count update for the day: 1797 words today, 3289 words total. Hmm.

It’s that time again…

Well, it’s the 1st of November and to a lot of writers and would-be writers, that only means one thing. Nope, not that the inevitable post-Halloween sugar-induced hangover has kicked in.

NaNoWriMo is here.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month for those unfamiliar with the term. (Na = National, No = Novel, Wri – Writing, Mo = Mo. Catchy, no?) It’s the traditional* time of year for knuckling down and trying to get out at least 50,000 words of a novel.

(*Traditional in that while you can do it again in July for Camp NaNoWriMo, November is the original and some would argue best campaign.)

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo four times, and have exceeded the 50,000 word goal three of those four times. The year I didn’t, I was trying to force myself to write something to fit a brief set by someone else (a publisher hosting a competition for a specifically themed novel for anyone interested) and the attempt fell flat. I learnt then that the only way I can achieve NaNoWriMo is to work on a story I really want to tell.

This year, I’m attempting it again, and thought ‘hey, I have a blog now, why not update it as an extra kick-up-the-bum on those days when the words just aren’t flowing’. Sorry, that means anyone reading this gets stuck with my writer-y babble for a month.

My project this year goes under the working name of LWL2. It’s the second story in a planned quartet, the first of which I finished in the July of this year. I’m looking forward to writing it, but have to admit it’s the fourth and final story in the series I’m looking forward to most. Oops. We’ll just have to wait and see how that turns out.

As of today, I’ve written 1492 words.

I’ve so far established the lead character of this particular story, Elle, and have tried to introduce her in a way that means anyone who reads it won’t necessary need to read the first in the series in order to know who she is while at the same time not rehashing everything readers of the first book already know. It means painting her in a new light almost, delving a little bit deeper into who she is and what makes her tick. It’s been fun.

Let’s hope it continues for the rest of November!