Writing Diary #2: NaNoWriNo

First of all I’ll start by saying that I’m not sure if anyone has used that title before, but I thought of it and it made me laugh. If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is currently underway, and the goal for writers is to conjure up 50,000 words in just 30 days. That’s an average of 1,667 words per day. The first time I tried was only last year, and I got to about 25,000 words before my computer somehow completely ate the file and I couldn’t get it back. I then felt really worthless the remaining week and didn’t try writing anything else.

Last month I was stressed out about doing uni work, and felt there wouldn’t be time for me to do NaNoWriMo. I decided to stick to a 7500 word short story that I have to write for my thesis. Well…that plan hasn’t been going well. Seeing as I have four months before it’s due, I keep thinking that I can just write a little per week rather than finishing it all in November. And while I was writing the other part of my thesis, an idea overcame me for an alternate plot for a WIP that I was working on earlier in the year. This a novel that I wrote about 20,000 words for before giving up due to thinking that a particular part of it wasn’t making any sense. The characters are the same, but the plot is now slightly different.

For the past six days in a row I have been writing. I’ve written 8539 words towards my new WIP and think I have improved the structure but you can never really know with your own creation. If I was trying to keep up with NaNoWriMo, I should be at 18,337 words by now. But, I’m fairly happy with what I have accomplished in six days.

The reason for the title and the protesting of NaNoWriMo is because I personally don’t think I’ll ever be able to write 50,000 words in one month. It takes me around 4–5 hours to reach the average 1,667 words and I can’t achieve that daily if I’m not treating it like a full-time job. So I am basically just writing whenever I feel like it, which is usually after I have worked on my thesis for a few hours. It’s like a reward, except I sometimes work on my writing for longer.

I have been sleeping really poorly for the past two weeks because my puppy has been waking me up several times in the night. For some reason I think this has made me want to write more. Like sleep deprivation makes me more inspired. Also, watching a particular movie that is out right now made me really inspired, because that movie made me want to change the plot of my old WIP. Here’s a hint:

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Source: Fox

This movie is amazing and everyone should watch it.

I’ll keep you updated on how I go with this WIP. In my last writing diary, I talked about a different writing project, which I’m still passionate about but just prefer this one at the moment. I also talked about the difficulties of plotting. In my current WIP, I basically have the entire novel plotted, which is a bit contradictory of me.

Are you writing anything for NaNoWriMo? How do you feel about the pressure of writing 50,000 words?Β 

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8 thoughts on “Writing Diary #2: NaNoWriNo

  1. I feel like NaNoWriMo is pretty much impossible in general unless you treat it like a full time job. Honestly, I think as long as you’re writing and you’re happy with what you’re writing, then it’s a success

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  2. I’m writing a YA murder mystery for NaNoWriMo. I soon discovered I need to do a lot of research, so this draft is mainly just me getting to know my characters. I think it’s important to remember that sometimes NaNo doesn’t always go how we plan and we need to be happy with what we have (it’s still more than we started with at the beginning of the month).

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  3. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo several times in the past and it’s a lot of work. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be hitting 50k, but it’s been a rough month for writing a new project. I wish you the best with your WIP and your puppy! πŸ™‚

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  4. It took me a bit to understand what was different about the title πŸ˜‚ When I’m writing fast I sometimes spell out NaNOWriMo, which would also work πŸ˜„ I’m glad that you did manage to write something, even if it’s not within the target word count, every word counts πŸ™‚

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