NaNoWriMo 2020: Days -5-1

NaNoWriMo dawns! As you know if you saw my last post, I talked about National Novel Writing Month, what you should know while gearing up for it, and preparing for this month of crazy. I include an explanation of what NaNoWriMo even is, as well, so if you’re confused, make sure to check that out!

The way November falls this year, November 1 is on a Sunday – giving me only one day to talk about in this post. Also, the last day of November lands on a Monday, so we’ll have to see if I hit 50k by then or not before I can post! πŸ˜…

~Day -5~

Aaaaaand of course, here I am, already breaking the rules by ending up starting 5 days early. I started early in 2018 as well, but that was only by 1 day. πŸ˜‚ If you want the full story for why I’ve decided to start this early, make sure you sign up to my email list and to get the password to my Resources page! I explain it in my document on the lesson I didn’t know I’d learned from NaNoWriMo 2019 until 1 year later. (Which I uploaded the night before this, on October 26!)

Quick explanation about what my NaNoWriMo is going to look like this year:

I noticed pretty quickly into the new school year that I was even busier than any year previously. Makes sense, seeing as I’m taking two 30 level core courses and a 20 level side course. But with that much schoolwork and all the extra time I have to spend on Invisalign whenever I have breaks during the day, I don’t have any time whatsoever to write – except at night when I’m so tired I can hardly think. Not to mention, in November, I’m actually going to be taking driver’s ed on Saturdays – 5 hours out of my weekend. That doesn’t leave me much time to write.

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So, something I began doing while trying to finish planning this book in time for NaNoWriMo was getting up half an hour earlier so I could work in peace for a solid amount of time.

I tend to be a night owl, but ever since I began grade 12, I’ve found that I’m so tired at night that I can’t wait to get to bed, and getting up in the morning, it only takes 10 minutes or so for me to wake up – just enough time for me to change out of pyjamas and get set up to write.

Snippet of the day:

So that’s it. That’s the end. The end of me, Aurelia Weening, and my story. Well, sorry, but we’re chucking your career out the window, your life force will slowly be drained from your body by the very organ that keeps you breathing, and we’re sorry that we’re so young. Well, sorry doesn’t help. I know that.

Written today: 3,100 words

Total word count: 3,119 words

(Those extra 19 words were from when I set up my document; I stuck in a couple different words to define some parts of the book. πŸ˜› )

~Day -4~

I got up and wrote again this morning. Today was a bit more laid-back than yesterday; I tried to take my time formulating my words, and eventually, when I felt that I had written enough, I stopped. I don’t want to force the words to come, because my goal is not word count this year, as I explain in the document on my Resources page. 😊

I ended up spending some time sorting different scenes instead, which is pretty much in Scrivener. I’d forgotten to do that the day before, and now they’re all sorted by color. :3

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Snippet of the day:

β€œThank you,” I say politely, because I can manage to be that sometimes.

Written today: 1,350

Total word count: 4,469

~Day -3~

I’m finding myself still ruminating a lot on what I’m going to say before I say it. This main character is a tough one for me to write, because she’s kind of rude. I’m a very polite person, so this is wrecking havoc with my knee-jerk reaction to what should happen or be said. I think I almost made her apologize, yesterday, before remembering that she’s not supposed to do that. πŸ˜‚

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Also, for some reason, cutlery seems play a key role in today’s scene. It keeps popping up. 🧐 πŸ€”

Update: Inspiration struck, and I added another 400 words to the story. This is probably the scene I’m happiest with so far – and that’s weird, because it’s not even truly a scene. It’s more of a collection of snapshots of different days that span about a month. It’s very fun, full of metaphors and darkness and dRaMa! 😈 (If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you’ll know I love writing dramatic stuff πŸ˜†)

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Snippet of the day:

I stab my spoon into the yogurt as ferociously as possible –  a move with a most unsatisfying result – before stalking out of the kitchen.

(And no, that line wasn’t from the dramatic scene πŸ˜†)

Written today: 2,670

Total word count: 6,975

~Day -2~

I got to start writing a new character’s point of view today, and I’m already loving it. Too bad it’s the one that gets the least ‘screen time’, so to speak. πŸ˜‚ My main character had a bad day, though; completely managed to embarrass herself into the next century. Fun stuff. 😜

Snippet of the day:

β€œYou want this drink to go?” I ask, though I already can tell by the three shots of espresso that her answer will definitely be yes.

Written today: 2,722

Total word count: 9,657

~Day -1~

Weird thought I had this morning:

Me: Wow, already at 10k! But it was so easy to reach it.

Also Me: Julia, you’ve been getting up at 4:50 in the morning to write for an hour before you have to do school stuff. There’s nothing about this that has been easy.

πŸ˜‚

That aside, I am getting pretty far along in the book already. It has more than one POV, and I’ve officially hit up all 3 in at least one scene now. Also, I bought Scrivener in October, and I’m loving it. It has a word count tracker at the top, and I set it up so it changes colours as I go along. (Though I can’t remember how I did that for the life of me πŸ˜‚) The top line is for the overall goal – 50,000 words – and the bottom for my daily goal – 1,700 words. The top line turned purple today, and that made me excited, because that means I’m making progress! πŸ˜ƒ

Also, don’t ask me why I decided that the line should turn that shade of pink. Because I don’t know and I regret making that choice. πŸ˜‚

Snippet of the day:

β€œWait, you mean like… they-could-potentially-blow-up kind of hazard?” My brain comes to a screeching halt, fixated on this interesting new idea. Images of flaming ovens dance before my eyes.

Written today: 1,759

Total word count: 11,416

~Day 1~

And so the first actual day of NaNoWriMo dawns! πŸ˜†

I’m signed up for Letters from Abbie, and Day 1’s got sent today. πŸ˜ƒ They’re emails sent every day during NaNoWriMo to help you with the part of the story you’re currently working on, and just give you encouragement, which I find so awesome. I already love them. πŸ˜†

At 2:45 in the afternoon, I finally sat down to do some writing on the first official day of NaNoWriMo! I took out my hoop earrings, put on my headphones, wrote down these two sentences of this post instead, and then began when it was actually 2:46. πŸ˜†

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10 minutes in, and I raced off to YouTube to locate that one song that I wanted to listen to while writing. πŸ˜‚ (It was this one, in case you wanted to check it out πŸ˜› ) (Update: I played it on repeat during the rest of the scene. πŸ˜‚ Totally worth racing off to find.)

Random things from today:

  • So I just found out there’s a type of jellyfish with the same name as my main character, and yOU’D BETTER BET I’M USING THAT IN THE STORY. πŸ˜†
  • I absolutely adore the dynamic between my two main POV characters. They’re hilarious – and also keep doing random stuff without my permission. 🀨
  • Scrivener has an option where you can compile all the different sections and folders and stuff to print, and I couldn’t resist doing it to look at the preview of what it would look like. And it was so coooooool! I have 5 parts to my book, and I just hit Part 2. There’s 3 different fonts for the 3 different POVs I have, but that’s fine. πŸ˜›
  • Also, the reason I totally had to see what it looked like is that I FINISHED ACT 1 OF MY BOOK. (To be fair, it’s probably the shortest section, and I probably will need to flesh it out a bunch when I edit it in the future. BUUUUUUUUT STIIIIIIIIIILL! :3 )

Snippet of the day:

His cheerfulness is almost overwhelming, and I take a moment to try and draw in a breath. My lungs rumble inside me, and I resist the urge to cough. Spitting out blood wouldn’t help with my second-impressions much. β€œThose sound great.” I pause, then add stiffly, β€œThank you.”

Ugh. I hate having to be polite. It goes against my nature.

Written today: 2,595

Total word count: 14,011


I work on my story early before posting, but I’m leaving talking about today for next week’s post, seeing I might write more later today; stay tuned for that. πŸ˜‰

Also, for anyone who is kind of side-eyeing the way I started 5 days early, think about it this way: that was about 5 hours of writing – 1 hour per day. I have 3 driver’s ed classes on Saturdays, and those are 5 hours long each. That comes to a total of 15 hours, and that’s a lot of hours of my weekends gone. I’ll then also have to come home to help clean up the house and also probably make food, which takes even more time. Think of these early days as me trying to help tide myself over for the rest of November. If you checked out any of the final weeks of my NaNoWriMo’s of the past (like this one, or this one) then you’ll know I tend to fall behind by the end and finish on a rather dramatic note. 😝

If you want to make sure you don’t miss a week, then make sure to subscribe! You’ll get a free 7-day course on how to defeat writer’s block butt, emails with exclusive insider info, and the monthly password to my Resources page! πŸ˜ƒ Can’t wait to see you on the inside!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?

How did your own first day go?

What do you think of my own story? πŸ˜‰

-Julia

Photo by Timo Wielink on Unsplash

12 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2020: Days -5-1

  1. Wow, you’re off to a really great start. Though as previously stated I’m not doing NaNo, I did get some amazing killer writing done yesterday. I wrote like eight pages for my first draft (the one I do by hand, so it moves a little slower) and then I typed a few pages for my second draft. Yeah, I’m kind of weird to do a first and second draft at the same time. *shrugs* I don’t even try to understand myself sometimes.

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    1. I was way too excited to wait, I guess πŸ˜† That’s awesome! All the respect to you for handwriting; my hands aren’t fast enough to keep up with my thoughts sometimes when I’m just typing, much less handwriting. *applause for you* πŸ‘ To each writer their own! πŸ˜ƒ I’ve been working this year on trying to figure out my own writing process. It’s definitely a post topic I’ll have to write on at some point. πŸ˜‰ I’ve never heard of doing the first and second draft at the same time; that’s pretty interesting πŸ˜ƒ I can see the appeal: I love watching what I write become better, and that’s generally not something I see occur during my first draft πŸ˜‚ I haven’t gotten the chance to truly rewrite something in years, but from what I remember of doing it, it might very well be my favourite part of writing. Which one would you say is yours? 😊 (Of course, jumping down the Pinterest rabbit hole for inspiration during the brainstorming stage is also very fun 😜)

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      1. I’ve gotten surprisingly fast at writing by hand from the years I’ve been doing it. Oh, yes, I’d love to read a post on your writing process. Yeah, I’m just kind of weird with my writing stuff. Bet I’m the only who who’s ever done a first/second draft at the same time. Don’t really advise it, though. I really like the first drafts better because of the excitement of penning down what’s in your head, but sometimes when my brain don’t wanna think, I’d rather rewrite.

        Also, I don’t wanna appear pushy or anything, but I’d really like it if you would check out my site Teen Writers’ Nook. If you don’t want to, that’s totally okay, I promise. It won’t make me feel bad AT ALL. Oh, and I wanted to say I really love you’re site! I don’t think people tell bloggers that enough. So, yeah.

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        1. That’s so cool πŸ˜ƒ And yeah, I totally get that. It’s nice to not have to think so much of what to put down when you’re rewriting, and more of how to just make what you have better. 😊

          Yeah, I check it out the first time you commented. I couldn’t find a subscribe button, but it looks pretty cool πŸ˜ƒ Thank you so much! I appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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          1. Oh, thanks! Yeah, you’re like literally the third person who has pointed that out to me, and I’m seriously looking in to getting one. I’m planning on talking the idea over with my friends who blog with me at our site today. So, yeah, I’m really looking into one.

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