Just hopping on here to leave a little update. I am still in my self-imposed Vocal time-out for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you aren't familiar with that, basically you commit to trying to write 50,000 words of a first draft of a novel in the month of November. Whew! This is my first time trying it and I'm having so much fun!
I let myself get on Vocal to read a few things every day (but only after I hit my daily writing goal!) but otherwise, I haven't been around... and I miss you all. I'm ahead of the NaNoWriMo wordcount curve right now and as my "yay! good job so far!" present, I'm letting myself write this letter on here. I will also probably get some donuts tomorrow because, why not?
Let's see... according to the NaNoWriMo website, by day 13 I should be at 21, 677 words and I am currently sitting at 32, 581, which feels pretty great! I've been having a lot of fun doing writing sprints with some friends and trying to squeeze in a little bit here and there on the busier days.
I was pretty worried at the start. Staring at that counter stuck at 0 words was really intimidating. After that initial trepidation though, it got better! Overall, it hasn't felt like too much, I guess? Family visits and holidays are looming on the horizon and I don't want to get too comfortable though.
I definitely understand the view that many people have of NaNoWriMo- that wordcount goals aren't useful and it is too much pressure and all that. I agree. Sorta? However, I also thrive on deadlines, and I love graphs and charts, so the time pressure and the data tracking has been great for me. I've written more on a longform story in the past two weeks than I have in over a year. Previously, I've been prone to getting stuck on one little thing that I don't like about my story and then just trashing the whole thing. I have had to work through that in order to keep up with NaNoWriMo and that has been a really good thing for me.
What's my story about? I guess I'd call it a cozy mystery with paranormal elements. I'm pretty much letting my characters drive it though and it has taken some unexpected turns.
Okay, that's it. Oh, but here is my Instagram where I'm posting daily updates (and excuses) in my stories. If you are doing NaNoWriMo too then please add me if you want a buddy (DonnaRenee is my username on there).
Okay, that's it for real. I hope you are all doing okay and I'm sure you are writing amazing things, I'll be back in a few weeks and begin the impossible task of seeing if I can ever catch up on what I missed.
See you in December!
Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!
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