NaNoWriMo,  Writing

A Quick NaNo Update: 31,000 words and Counting

I can’t believe it! I have officially written 31,000 words. And that’s after being behind by 6,000 words over this last weekend. Consider that every day adds another 1,667 words to whatever I end up being behind and you can guess how much work it take to catch up. I spent three days writing about 3-4,000 words a day. I would start around 9 p.m. and end just before 1 a.m. Now, add onto that two sick kids and life sucker punching me and that 6,000 word deficit felt a little overwhelming. But I did it. In three days. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something because you can. Look at me. I never really believed I could sit down and get this far. I thought I could which is why I accepted the challenge and began writing, but I didn’t believe I could do it. 50,000 words is a lot of writing. It’s hours and hours of butt-numbing, finger-tingling, aching back work. I’ve worried that I would lose my inspiration (I haven’t so far), that my story would suck (it does but that’s where edits make magic), and that I would get so behind that I couldn’t catch up and so I’d give up (I did, I didn’t, and I’m not).  I’m happy to say that I have sat my butt down almost every day and worked hard, and now I am thrilled to see how close I am to 50,000 words. What really made me smile was when I hit 30, 000 words. That, my friends, is enough to call my story a novella. If it had an ending, which it doesn’t yet. What’s more is that I can see that I am going to be working beyond NaNoWriMo. Right now I can see that I am going to be closer to 100,000 words by the time I finish this rough draft. Of course, edits will chop up and clean everything and make it more coherent. Right now it’s a jumbled mess. I have two stories going on inside one main story, and I have three characters wanting me to tell the story from their perspective. So, I’m placating them by writing each one. Then I’ll go back when I’m completely finished and cut and paste and straighten everyone’s ideas out.

Honestly, I am having a blast.

Tonight is Girl’s Night Out. I planned on going to the theater with some friends and catching up with them. There was talk about meeting for supper before and I made a promise to myself that I would only go to dinner if I could meet my daily word count goal. And I did. So, this is it for this post because I need to get cleaned up and ready to go so I can drive through rush hour traffic to enjoy myself with my girls and some Shakespeare.

Hope you’re day is going well.

xo Jesi

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

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