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 Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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