I started this as a Prep-Tober post, but then got sick near the end of October and into November with a terrible sore throat that turned into a cold. I was working 11 hours or more a day all week too. Not at all the way things were supposed to go, so on top of being sick, I felt bad that I hadn’t gotten as much planning done as I would have liked.
I missed the NaNoWeen celebration and this is always a huge boost to my word count just after midnight, but I was having trouble justifying going to an event that started at 11pm and ended at 3 am on a work night, so maybe it was just as well that I was sick.
I spent most of my reading time in September and October reading books on the craft of writing. I keep a recommended books page in my bullet journal that I can list books on when I hear about them and think I might want to read it later. Then when I am looking for something to read I search the library website and end up requesting a few to be put on hold for me. The problem with that (and it really isn’t a problem) is that often the books come in at the same time. I recently had seven books all about the writing craft come in on hold the same day. Sometimes, I will wait a couple of hours and then renew all of them to see which will be denied the renewal and then this is the book I will read first. It really is difficult to choose and most of the time I will have them on my library shelf until the library demands I bring them back because another patron is waiting to read them. Fair enough.
I tend to read a lot of books about plotting and story structure because that is where I feel the weakest currently.
Here are some of the ones I am working my way through now:
GMC: goal, motivation, and conflict: the building blocks of good fiction by Debra Dixon (The library insisted I return this since I had their only copy and someone else apparently requested it.)
Shut up & write! by Judy Bridges
So how am I doing on NaNoWriMo?
Here are my word counts by day:
Day 1: 0 Day 2: 0 Day 3: 710 Day 4: 1,111 (went to a 3-hour write-in) Day 5: 1,762 Day 6: 2,174 (finally feeling better, but worked late) Day 7: 2,219 Day 8: 2,971 Day 9: 2,249 Day 10: 2,070 Day 11: 2,224 Day 12: 2,614 (I finally got caught up!) Day 13: 1,173 (trouble staying motivated) Day 14: 1,274 (just plain tired, still behind) Day 15: 1,686 ____________________________________ Total So Far: 24,237 (should have 25,005) Just 768 words behind where I should be.
I got off to such a slow start and was doing well consistently writing over 2,000 words a day for seven days to finally get to the word count I was supposed to have. Then I hit a slump and went below the goal of 1,667 per day and got myself slightly behind again. Don’t worry I am not giving up, just hitting the saggy middle at 20,000 words. It happens somewhere about then every year. I will get over it and write extra on the weekends if I have to.
How do you get ready for NaNoWriMo? How is your word count?
If you still need some help to stay focused but can’t go to a live write-in near you, try some of these virtual write-ins to help you stay focused. They all contain several timed writing sprints. I find these especially helpful when I keep getting sidetracked by other things instead of writing like I should be. I keep adding more to that playlist, so you may want to save the playlist to watch later by clicking the little clock in the upper right corner of the video screen shown below.
I embedded it below, so feel free to just come back here as often as you need to.