Writing Update: Nine Days of NaNoWriMo

A (brief) report from The Search for 50,000 Words

So we’re just over a week into the writing madness of NaNoWriMo–50,000 words in 30 days. While I probably don’t have the time/shouldn’t be stealing the time for this…well, the lure was too much.

I’m not sure if my experience should encourage or discourage someone thinking about doing it. I kind of think of NaNo the same I do writing in general. You’re going to spend a lot of time on it, probably fretting over whether it’s good enough, not getting enough sleep and (occasionally) ostracizing yourself from the rest of the world.

On the other hand, if you can’t stop writing, if the world you dream about keeps you awake at night so the only thing you can do is type, NaNo is a dream come true. With friends charging ahead right beside you.

So here’s how it’s gone for me and my life, pros and cons. You can draw your own conclusion.

  • I’m still alive and writing (this actually does require stating during NaNo).
  • I am currently awake and it is not 3 a.m.
  • I have had a full night of sleep (also warrants stating…especially after the last few days).
  • My current word count is 24,131 words.
  • I hate probably 7,000 of those words and want to go back and cut them out.
  • Other stories are shoving their way into my NaNo project that don’t belong.
  • The initial idea for this project is now sort of out the window.
  • And I am writing pretty much whatever I want (pro and con here, methinks).
  • I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning Nov. 1-2 writing.
  • Got a light cold the next morning from lack of sleep/changing weather/running myself too hard.
  • I stayed up too late catching up on things every night this week and have been groggy and somewhat blurry throughout my week (silent apology to everyone I creeped out with a pale, uncomprehending stare. Well, almost everyone).
  • A loved one who thinks I do NaNo like a substance addiction commented a few days ago about “presuming with all I’ve had going on lately [i.e. rehearsals, university responsibilities, performances, blogging volunteering, working one part time job and an erratic freelance schedule] that I wasn’t writing 50,000 words.” Wrimos out there can feel free to imagine my expression. I stayed almost straight-faced for probably 1.5 seconds before giving myself away by laughing in his face (this isn’t really a pro or con…but it kind of encapsulates the experience this week).
  • I started out fantasy and now sci fi has invaded. Wizards beware.
  • My current word count is 24,131.
  • My current word count is 24,131.
  • I am writing again.

So…yeah. That’s about the sum of it. And I should probably be catching up on things bluntly neglected while writing before I get back to my automatons and mermaids, so…

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