The Words: 5179 on day 1. I started right at midnight with the midnight sprint, and got to 3120 before stopping for the night/morning. Then this evening, despite already being past par for the day, I wrote some more.
All of this writing, minus the very first 10-minute sprint that I did to get warmed up, was done alongside the Twitter feed of @NaNoWordSprints. I can’t stress enough how motivating it is, and how helpful it can be to have someone else setting time goals and starting times! If you ever find yourself struggling to just get writing (and put aside distractions) or to write quickly without stopping to think a lot or to edit, I suggest checking out that feed (even if you don’t really use Twitter).
One sad thing that I discovered about 5 minutes before midnight was that my favorite place to do the actual writing, Write or Die, doesn’t exist the way it used to. Even when the creator moved on to Write or Die 2, I preferred the original format. It was simple and did everything I needed it to do. Now he’s moved on to Write or Die 3, which may well be better, but it’s just not quite the same. So I set my own timers and wrote on my Neo, which doesn’t yell at me if I stop typing for too long, but still helps me avoid distractions.
The Story: Commander of the northern-most base in the kingdom, Lorrin Trinnear receives news that the king and his son are on their way to see how the base is doing. Lorrin then recalls back to when she first met the prince and his father, five years previous. Lorrin had been in charge of introducing the then 13-year-old prince to the city he would be ruling over someday. She grows concerned with the young prince’s attachment to her, as he has spent most of his life without a lot of social interaction. Lorrin brings her concerns to the king, despite how nervous she is about speaking with him directly, and that is where we leave off for the night.
Total word count: 5179
Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2018 – November 1st
And in honor of November 1st, the first episode of the NaNoMusical!