NaNoWriMo (2014)

Day One

3128 words

At the stroke of midnight, I opened up my word document and began fervently typing away. The words flowed naturally and despite feeling tired, I wrote for two hours. I managed to write 2260 words before retiring to bed for the night.

I then went to the write-in in Birmingham, which I probably won’t return to again until a year later, or so. It’s a shame, because they’re a great group of people. There I managed to write 770 words, which isn’t as much as I was hoping, but I was chatting to fellow writers, which is always nice and fun.

I’m not entirely happy with what I wrote in the write-in today, so I’m going to add more to it, to add more description where it’s needed, as well as finish the chapter. I doubt I’ll do it before midnight, since I have other things to do first, but I aim to reach 5000 words tomorrow. Here’s to wishful thinking, or another productive writing session.

Day Two

5191 words

I admit, I haven’t wrote much today. At all. I instead spent the day buying more clothes and Skyping with my cousin.

That being said, I’ve been on a frantic writing spree after dinner, since I desperately want to get ahead, and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing my story so far. I’m liking the strong start I’ve set myself so far, but I really need to write more, because I’m going to get busy and I’ll get lazy.

Here’s to a strong start so far.

Day Three

7681 words

I’m noticing a pattern with my writing, and it’s one that might not be practical when I’m back into a routine. During the day, I seem to forget about writing and do other things, such as buying a new phone (today). During the evening, I love to frantically write. Am I that lazy during the day?

I’m happy with my word amount again today. I managed to hit my target word count I wanted to reach today, and I’ve gone further. I’m loving how far ahead I’m making myself get, because I’ll need it.

Day Four

10,260 words

Yeah, I’m definitely a night author. I seem to write in the nighttime, and I write a lot.

I’ve once again procrastinated writing throughout the day, but in fairness to me, I didn’t return home until evening, and then I ended up chatting with my brother for an hour or so. Oops.

I’ve wrote more than I imagined I would today, so I’m super happy about that. I didn’t think I’d get to 10,000 words, but it shows how much frantic, non-stop writing can get you.

Day Five

10,260 words

Technically yes, I have taken a day off. I was planning on writing 5000 words today, but I decided to do my university work. However, I didn’t actually do much university work and ended up spending the day procrastinating.

As I write this, I’m started a manip of the book cover for my story, because the website keeps telling me to make one. I will also plan to be overambitious tomorrow by writing 10,000 words. I’ll let you know if I do it, but chances are slim that I will. Still, I’m going to go on a writing binge and see how many words I can write in a day.

Day Six

13,376 words

I haven’t wrote as much as I’d like, but it’s still an amazing word count. Tonight, for the first time in a while, I just wrote. I felt my fingers were on fire from typing away the story. These four characters are alive for me. It’s really not difficult to write their story, because they’re all so diverse and fun.

I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with it, but because of how the characters are written, they practically write the story for me. Ideas just spring up from them and what their like, and their relationships with each other.

Day Seven

16,526 words

I’m proud of my word count. I need to finish the character interviews I started and never finished, but otherwise, I’m thoroughly enjoying writing this story. Unfortunately, today is the last day before I become busy all over again, so we’ll see if we can keep this impressive word count up.

Also, after slaving away for hours, I finally created my book cover for my story. Technically I did it for NaNoWriMo, but technically, I created it in preparation for when I post the story online.

Day Eight

16,526 words

In case you can’t read it, I am on the same word count as yesterday: 16,526. I’m at my cousin’s, therefore I decided to take the day (and night) off. I’m ahead of the word count, so I should be okay, but I’ll need to seriously write tomorrow to get ahead again.

Day Nine

17,027 words

I won’t lie, I am not motivated to write tonight. I’ve been travelling all day or doing university work, and I’m really trying not to freak myself out from stress. I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to motivate myself, because I’m just not right now.

Day Ten

20,154 words

Boom, I’m back. I walked around a bit today and I began thinking about my characters and some other characters in another story, before deciding I needed write this story first. I might’ve accidentally made an OTP with two of my characters. One from one story, the other from a different story. I literally cannot get over how much I love the pairing.

Anyway. That’s irrelevant. I’ve hit 20,000 words, which is a huge achievement considering how unmotivated I’ve been. I’m hoping to get 5000 more words over the next day or two, so here’s to ambitious promises.

Day Eleven

22,513 words

I’m happy with my word count today. I would’ve preferred 25,000 words, but halfway there is just as good. I’m still loving my story as much as when I started, so that’s good. I’m starting to want to edit it already, but I’m forcing that inner editor out, because I need to write. That’s the point of NaNoWriMo after all.

Day Twelve

22,513 words

I have once again taken a day off writing, and that might be the case for the next few days. I’m not motivated to write right now, and I have university work I’m supposed to be doing. Still, I’m at a great word count right now, so I’m happy with it.

Day Thirteen

22,513 words

The elusive week two is certainly taking its toll on me. I again haven’t written anything, although I am feeling extremely stressed right now, so that’s probably why. I just feel like I have a billion things to do right now, and NaNoWriMo really isn’t my priority. That being said, I am determined to get to 50,000 words, no matter what. So expect a massive breakthrough at some point. But for now, I need a few days to chill.

Day Fourteen

22,513 words

I won’t be writing anything tonight since it’s Children In Need. So for the third night in a row, I’m not writing. I swear, I will write extra hard over the weekend, and Monday, so I can expand my word count.

Day Fifteen

25,152 words

We’re halfway through, and I’ve managed to catch up again. I’m hoping to pull ahead again, but I’m doubtful I’ll be able to write 5000 words tomorrow, particularly when I’ve got other things to do right now. Still, a girl can hope.

Day Sixteen

30,311 words

I have never wrote as much as I did today. 5000 words. Boom!

I could not be happier, and I’ve honestly enjoyed writing it. I didn’t even notice I’d written that much. In fact, I’m feeling like continuing writing it. I’m at a very interesting plot point in my story, so the next few chapters will be fun to write about.

Day Seventeen

30,311 words

So after a surprisingly good writing session yesterday, I have done none today. I’ve been feeling bad at the lack of university work I’ve been doing, and putting it off is only making me more anxious. Stress turns me into a horrible person, and so I need to address it rather than let it fester.

I’m hoping to write more tomorrow, but we’ll see.

Day Eighteen

34,132 words

A good 4000 words wrote today. I’m only annoyed I needed 900 words or so to get to 35,000 words. I’ll get there tomorrow, if not beyond it. I’m doing good, and I’m proud of myself so far.

Not long left now. I need just over 15,000 words to reach that 50,000. 15,000 should take me a week, if I’m able to write as much as I want.

Day Nineteen

36,319 words

I didn’t have enough time today to do as much writing as I wanted, and I’m thinking the same will be said of the next few days. I’m going to attempt to get to 40k by Friday, then write 5k over the weekend, and concentrate on the last 5k in that last week. It’s a very tough challenge, but I’m determined to do this.

Day Twenty

37,562 words

I’m ashamed I didn’t get that much wrote today, but I’ve been mega busy cleaning and attempting to do university work. I’m hoping by the end of tomorrow night, I can be on 40k, then by the end of weekend 45k. I can still dream about it, because I’ll need as much motivation as I can possibly get to complete it on time.

Day Twenty One

41,312 words

I have only had one day to out beat the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment I have felt today. I’m pretty sure, if I really tried, I could complete NaNoWrimo by the end of the weekend, if not by the end of Monday. I’d love to finish that early, but I do have to remember university work. Still, it’d be amazing if I did complete it early. It’d be one stress taken off me.

Day Twenty Two

45,282 words

I’ve finally got to 45k. 5k until 50k sounds so easy now, I could almost laugh. I’m hoping to do it by the end of tomorrow, and just add to the word count as casually as I want in the next week or so, or focus on university work. Writing until midnight works wonders, and I might actually continue doing this for the rest of the year, because it’s really helpful.

Day Twenty Three

45,282 words

I took a well deserved break today to do some Christmas shopping and to do some university work. I doubt I’ll get any more writing done tomorrow, since I’ve got a busy day ahead, but Tuesday seems like the perfect day to catch up with it all.

Day Twenty Four

45,282 words

I haven’t wrote anything again today due to university work and a fun event this evening. Honestly, I’m exhausted from waiting around for the event, but it was totally worth it. I’ll see if I can write 5k tomorrow, but university work has to take a priority.

Day Twenty Five

46,096 words

University work has beaten me once more, so I haven’t done much writing. If I’d done my university work, I could’ve hit 50k by now. Instead, I’ve been procrastinating. I’m aiming to finish NaNo by Wednesday/Thursday, and hopefully I can stick to that. I’m so close, I can’t fail now.

Day Twenty Six

46,096 words

I cannot find any time to write, and it’s frustrating me because I realise how close we’re getting to deadline day. What I need is a few hours to just write, but with an impending essay due, it is taking up a lot of my time. I’m hoping either tomorrow night or Friday night, I can sprint out 4k and be done, once and for all. I should’ve been done by Monday, and for that reason, I’m disappointed in myself.

Day Twenty Seven

46,096 words

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

Yet again, I have done zilch writing. I have nearly finished my university work I’m supposed to have done, so tomorrow, I have no excuse not to write that 5k. I’m just annoyed it has taken me the entire week to write 4k! Oh well. Better later in the week than not at all.

Day Twenty Eight

47,771 words

I have no excuses tonight why I haven’t completed it by midnight. Less than 3k to go. I’m sure I can get it done by the time I wake up tomorrow morning, if I wasn’t so damn tired. Writing an essay plan can take a lot out of you. Still, at least I did some writing tonight. That’s better than nothing.

Day Twenty Nine

51,153 words

I have finally completed NaNoWriMo!

I really should have completed it by Monday, if not Wednesday (latest), but university work just drained me and took away my valuable writing time. Still, I am officially a winner for another year. Third year I entered and won. I could not be happier right now.

Day Thirty

As you saw yesterday, I completed NaNoWriMo, so it’s pretty pointless posting my word count today. Alas, the glorious 50k has been reached, and I no longer have to worry about writing to achieve a word count. I can write as leisurely as I like, which, unfortunately will be minimal in the next month or so. December’s always the busiest time of the year for me.