Back to work with #NaNoWriMo (#amwriting)

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Today I am going back to work and I am not sure how I will manage.

I write for #NaNoWriMo with Google’s Drive which gives me the possibility to write with my mobile as well. It also has a word count tool which is quite handy for #NaNo. I wrote in one of my last posts that I can even write offline which helps me at work as there is no good internet connection there.

So I have everything in place to use my breaks at work to get on with #NaNo. Still I feel like I have missed a chance to get on with #NaNoWriMo early meaning I am behind in the word count even though I had planned to be ahead to not have to write so much when I work.

But well I make up problems I suppose. I have realised I can write quite a lot and get on with it if I set my mind to it. My stats tell me that I would finish at the 3. December if I go on in my actual pace which is not too bad I think.

BUT I also realised the closer I come to the end of November the more it counts if I can’t make the word count. So no pressure at all 😉

I got up early so I have some time left to get writing and that I better do now :-)!

Good luck to you all and thanks for your feedback and support so far. May you have a wonderful and successful #NaNoWriMo!



#amwriting myself into the mood for #NaNoWriMo

Another day is gone and I have not written a word.

I have no idea how much I am behind but I find that it is more demotivating to think about it. Rather just jump into it and write and quite often the words just flow and you can get on with it.

Today was a brilliant November day: Sunny, cold but not in a nasty way and it is our last day of your holiday. The children went back to their mother so we decided to go for a walk at the beach and have another meal at a lovely new restaurant close by. It was such a beautiful day. And I have to admit that this break has motivated me to go on with #NaNoWriMo this afternoon and evening.

That restaurant we have been uses only local produce. It also sells paintings, neclaces and other art of local artists. I just love the atmosphere in it and I thought this afternoon “This would be a great venue for a #NaNoWriMo write-in!”

I wondered if I could organise an un-official one this week but remembered on my days of have to stay in for some parcels we are expecting (yes Christmas is just around the corner just in case you forgot 😉 ). But I definitely keep that in mind as the write-ins around here are all in Norwich but not everyone has the time or means to get there. Well, I am not sure if the Art-Cafe is easier to reach but it might be worth a try but not this year anyway. And maybe this is just my Shadow-self trying to keep me from writing. It seems to be very creative that one ;-)!

You learn a lot about yourself doing the #NaNoWriMo. I realised today that I am at a point that I always get when I want to write something more than a poem or a blog~post: That bit when I hate the whole lot and think everything is just a big pile of ….. !

Well, of course that is the difficult second week of #NaNoWriMo but it  also shows where you struggle with writing in general. So challenging yourself to get through to the 50. 000 words might give you the chance to find a way to get through this in your general writing as well. I like that idea….

….. but it seems I start babbeling instead of getting down to writing my first draft of that novel that…….

…. I better get going now :-)!



My #NaNoWriMo in week two!

It has been and still is a rollercoaster ride.

The first few days I was totally behind due to family festivities. Then I caught up easily. And yesterday I lost it all. The motivation to write that is.  According to veterans of #NaNoWriMo it is due to the second week blues. The lovely Cheryl Fassett keeps me company as my writing buddy and it is good to get some private pep talk now and then. Thanks so much Cheryl :-)!

I like the pep talks the “officials” send us. As they come from different areas of expertise as well as different stages of being published they highlight different problems/solutions of #NaNoWriMo and give a good motivation to go on.

So what are my insights in #NaNoWriMo so far?

I have learned that it is good sometimes to have a bit of a break,  do something else and then catch up. After all in my present pace I would finish at the 5th of December and that is not too bad I suppose :-).

I have also learned that writing 2K per day is not so difficult if you do not have a day job or family to consider. As I have never worked with word counts I had no idea how much I can write in a certain amount of time. But it can be important to know that in the writing community.

And I have learned that I can use my mobile offline to write, so even when I work again next week, I will be able to get on with my story in my breaks. I had trouble before using the clout to save my drafts as the internet connection at work is appalling.


So what stops me now from getting on? My shadow self that tells me it’s not worth it, I can not do it and I am writing crap!

“Well Shadow Self I do love you! You do not need to attract attention with keeping me from writing. I have decided to go on any way so just get yourself a cookie and keep quiet!” 🙂

And I go and make myself a cup of coffee first……. 😉



Getting into gear

I am proud to announce I am getting there ;-).

Well at least I have pre-written all my blog posts from Monday onwards as I will be on holiday as well as getting married just the day before NaNoWriMo starts. What a set up :-)!

To be honest I am immensely proud I have managed that. I have set a goal and achieved it.

In the last few days I have not been working at all on the novel. My characters are outlined and I think I have to go into more detail after NaNo. I have started a scene list which hopefully will guide me along but I am not happy with it as it is. Still thinking about the form of the whole thing and probably figuring out the plot. Therefore I will use the last couple of days for working on that list and then I just keep going I guess…. I will also use the time to read some archived pep talks and what ever else I can find about NaNo. Not quite sure yet how the word count thing works. Where do I submit it and how often? Just in the end? Well, I am sure I will find out somehow :-).

Am thinking a lot about the fact that I have so many projects started but never finished. So much creativity wasted and so much energy used on unsatisfying day jobs! Really sad, don’t you think?But I know I am there now: I have started to follow through my goals and I am learning more and more about writing itself.

The most important insight I have gained lately? The first draft can be sh…! You work it over and make it into a jewel like polishing a diamond! That is the hard bit I suppose but I am determined to learn the craft and at last I feel happy :-).

What about you? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? Is it your first time or are you a veteran already?  Do you have any tips?

I am looking forward to read from you :-)!