Sunset, Adrianna Calvo

NaNoWriMo: Week Four

Day twenty-two

Word count: 1,255

Went back to Artie’s POV for a little while and still feel like I’m repeating myself. That’s really what’s happening in my journey to 50K – repetition. Of one thing I’m certain: Artie’s voice comes a lot more easily to me than Penelope’s. This is one of the things I was afraid of when I decided to do a dual-POV novel. However, I don’t think it can be told the same way if I just stuck with Artie’s voice.

Day twenty-three

Word count: 1,023

I’m starting to regret attempting a time travel novel. This is HARD. I keep wondering if I need to explain better how time travel works or if I’m already over-explaining it. Or if I need to talk about it at all. I guess I never really stopped and considered what it would mean to write a time travel novel. I also have no idea where to go next. That’s no surprise but it is frustrating.

Day twenty-four

Word count: 1,157

I made a major decision about revision and the future of this novel. Once I hit 50K so I can “win” at NaNoWriMo, I’m going to stop and revise from the beginning. There are already a few things that are somewhat major that I know need to be changed and rather than write a bunch of useless crap that doesn’t advance the plot and talks in circles, I’m going to start back at the beginning and edit the heck out of it.

Day twenty-five

Word count: 1,393

Coming down the home stretch. I feel like I’m already too close to a climax and ending and that would put the novel ending way too soon, so part of that major revision plan above is to go back and fill in where I can. I think there’s a lot of room for places where the characters can develop and the world can be established while still following through on plot.

Day twenty-six

Word count: 1,542

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for how far along I’ve come in this, even though I know for a fact it’s a disaster and the idea of any revision at all is overwhelming.

Day twenty-seven

Word count: 1,483

A quiet day at work. I was the only one in my department in the office which meant I got to catch up on a lot of stuff that have been on my to-do list for a while. It also meant … that I spent more than just my lunch break writing. And I still feel like I didn’t make any major progress.

Day twenty-eight

Word count: 2,022

Well, I did it. With two days to spare, even. Basically, when I woke up this morning, I thought, you know, I have just over 2K words to go so why don’t I just go ahead and get it done. So I did. My final push on day 28 included the next scene in chronological order and also the start (I didn’t finish because I was super tired of writing and, more notably, this novel) of a scene earlier on. I belatedly realized that I didn’t spend enough time getting to know Penelope, so I want to go back and work on her. This was both a start and a reminder that I want to do that. But I’d had enough and I wanted it to end, so end it I did.

Conclusions

50K words in a month is a daunting task! I’m still not quite sure how I did it. Or even why I did it. One thing that doing NaNoWriMo again after all these years taught me is that I can actually make a daily word count. Even though NaNo suggests 1,667 (to get to 50K) a day, my personal goal was 1,000 a day at least. I don’t think I could do it every day without a month-long goal like this, but it does show me that I can make a daily word count. So moving forward, I’m going to work with that.

What else did I learn? Writing to make a word count isn’t that hard as long as I don’t care what I’m writing. I think sometimes it takes me a while to write because as much as I hate revising, I want to get it as near right as possible in the first place. This, also, isn’t that great of an idea. Because, as I said, I hate revising. And what I need to spend the bulk of my time doing now that I made 50K is, well, revising. Ugh.

All in all, I’m really glad I did NaNoWriMo this year. The first half (just about) of this 50K of a novel is strong. I love it. It’s once I got to the not-yet-plotted part that everything went down hill. That also coincided with about 25K and halfway through the month, so i’m not sure what was cause and effect or vice versa.

Will I do NaNo again? We’ll see. Maybe in another 10 years. Ha.

2 Comments

  1. You make an interesting point about caring what you write. I found NaNoWriMo quite freeing in that I simply couldn’t agonise over every word the way I usually would. Is my writing any worse/better? I’ll find out when I return to it after a break! It’s certainly something that can hold us back sometimes, can’t it? Congratulations on your achievement. I’m also impressed that you managed a daily update!

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    1. Exactly! When I’m not fighting a word count, I definitely focus more on the words and each scene. As much as I hate revising, I think that’s what it’s here for and I hope I can manage it and don’t get too frustrated. Thank you on both counts! I thought it would be fun to have something to look back on and catalog the whole month.

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