October 2012: Week Two Results
My version of the Na No Wri Mo novel-writing challenge (25,000 words in 30 days)
Date Word Count Comment
October 8, 2012 902 Words Energized, some writing in scene, dialogue
October 9, 2012 776 Continuation from the 8th
October 10, 2012 689 Overslept, forced, tired, a struggle
October 11, 2012 969 Better, had some rhythm
October 12, 2012 247 No energy, busy, chaotic, overslept, unexpected
October 13, 2012 1055 Great flow, small bit of research, in scene, dialogue
October 14, 2012 800 Kept writing, adding more to get word count up
TOTAL WORDS 5438 Words Week Two
Up and down, up and down, the writing mirrored my own rhythms. I chose a story I thought would be the easiest to write because I am drawing from memory and personal experience. However, on the 13th I wanted to add a scene that depended on research. Something I’ve thought about but not actually performed. And it turned out to be my greatest word count day. Research helped expand ideas but I’m limiting research at this time. This challenge is about getting the first draft on paper.
My writing process: Early morning is my best time to write. Starting with a new notebook, I choose to hand write instead of type.
Pre-planning: Had a story idea; mapped out story with a list of chapter ideas; typed up notes. Also, had four thread ideas working: emotional, relationship conflict, secret, special.
I set up a realistic daily writing goal.
Whenever I sit at a computer my mind goes into an analyzing mode and this does not work for a first draft. I need freedom and free flow of ideas. My first step in the revising process will be typing. But for now I am focusing on quantity of words, not quality.
This next week, I need to dig deeper and brainstorm for new ideas. Also thought I could spend time writing about the setting, character descriptions, weather. I’ve written the resolution to each thread of the story but still need a final ending. Probably need more chapters in the middle and better set-up in the beginning. And transitions……just need to keep writing.