NaNoWriMo Day 8

The Words: 2477 written today. I decided to try out a word crawl today. I’d heard of them before, but hadn’t ever looked into what they really were. When I looked into some in more detail today, I realized that they might be perfect for my current situation.

Though the words came a lot more slowly than if I were just sprinting 15 minutes at a time with a few minutes in between, it didn’t take as much mental cajoling to get to the writing. I’m not sure why this worked better for me, and it probably won’t always, but since it did today, I’m happy.

The Story: After the bit of action that yesterday’s final line started off, I spent most of today’s words in the mind of someone who’s just lost a loved one and isn’t thinking very clearly. I went down a unhelpful track and then got myself back on the right one, one that will lead to the climax I want.

Total word count: 39,885

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2015 – November 8th

Now that we’re into week 2, I’d love to hear how you are all doing. Are you ahead? Behind? Right on track? Is the story taking on a mind of its own or panning out exactly like you’d hoped? What motivational techniques have you found work or don’t work for you? Are you aiming for 50k, and stopping even if it comes early? Or are you going for an ending to the story?

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 8

  1. It’s amazing how each day brings a new challenge to motivate ourselves. We’re also looking for the best method to help us out of ruts. I’m glad you were able to find one yesterday πŸ™‚
    I always find it difficult to write through terrible losses, and it often comes across as ranting.
    I’m ahead of where I need to be, but I had no real expectations of where to be by this time, so I’m just glad to be still hitting my quota of no less than 2k a day. I’m definitely intending to see this story to its end. I’ll hit 50k and probably go another 10k or so before reaching the conclusion. If I can stick to my plot.
    Good luck this week and congrats on everything you’ve achieved so far πŸ™‚

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    • Yay for being ahead! That sounds about like the length I’m expecting my novel to end up. If you finish it before the end of November, will you keep writing something else, or stop?

      “I always find it difficult to write through terrible losses, and it often comes across as ranting.”
      Just to clarify, I haven’t lost a loved one, my character did. I realized my wording might have been a bit confusing. I wasn’t sure which way you’d read it, since your wording could go either way too.

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      • To avoid confusion, I meant that my character went through a loss too, not myself, and her thoughts are scattered. Though, when I’m angry my writing does end up being rant-like as well πŸ˜‰
        If I do finish early, I’ll probably switch to a different project, just to distance myself from it, gain different perspective, and come back to it in a month with fresh eyes!

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        • That’s good; I wanted to make sure we were on the same page before I said any more on the subject. This character came across pretty ranty too, though only after she’d found a piece of evidence that led her to believe that someone she knew had killed her husband. Then I accidentally started calming her down with thoughts of how that person was a nice guy and she couldn’t believe he’d do that. After which I had to wipe that away and just let her rage.


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