I made the imponderable decision to do National Novel Writing Month this year. Sort of. I say that every year. I at least made the effort to start a novel that I’ve been wanting to start for months and months now. I usually write these scifi epics and this one’s been festering in my head for a while–it’s actually about college life and it’s a little less intimidating. And I’m having a lot of fun writing it. I don’t have to make up new vehicles and new environments and why the world is post-apocalyptic. So that’s easy!
I haven’t worked on it all week. Busy busy. With the elections and having to catch up on schoolwork I haven’t had time to do any sort of writing or thinking. But I’ve read some really good tips on various Tumblrs that I started following, so I’m hopeful if I can sit down on Sunday or tonight and do some marathon studying/writing I can at least hit 10,000 words this weekend.
Yeeeaahhh my NaNo tracking Excel doc looks really sad. But I’m proud of my novel Tumblr because I found a hilarious Parks and Rec quote! It’s perfect for my novel.
The week before Thanksgiving break is the longest week ever. You might think finals week is the longest week ever, and that’s fine, but I contend that it is this one. Thanksgiving break is the harbinger of the end of the semester–everything’s downhill once you get back.
It’s the getting to break that’s hard. I, for one, had a presentation last week, another presentation this week, a test, and also a quiz on Friday. Not to mention a 2-hour PDA lecture on Friday starting at 8AM. Oh, cruel world!
Luckily, the presentation went well! At least that’s over. And it’s Thursday, which means in a little over 24 hours, it will not only be the weekend–but also Thanksgiving break!
I’m realizing now that we’re well-past the halfway point of November. I don’t think I can handle it being December yet. I’m not even halfway done with my NaNoWriMo. I’m in biiig trouble!
Shssh. I’m just going to listen to Christmas music. It’ll be okay.
I own this album and, yes, it’s amazing.
Operation: NaNoWriMo has been underway for 10 days now. I hit 10.1k words on Sunday and abruptly ceased all writing. It is now Thursday. I should be more concerned than I am.
The last time I successfully did NaNo was in ’08. That was a loooong time ago now, all of the sudden. I should be a little rustier at the whole “write every day FOREVER” regimen that is associated with the event. However, on day 1, I wrote my daily writing quota (1,667 words) in 43 minutes.
I have a spectacular Excel sheet that tracks my progress. When I entered my first word count and time update, it told me I would finish on November 16th. HA!
Despite my hiatus from NaNo, I’ve actually found that this novel is coming out a lot smoother than expected. I have a plot. And sideplots! And said plots are working like a well-oiled machine and not a two-legged dog. (Yes, I will shamelessly post references to Homestar Runner like it’s 2003.)