Friday, November 3, 2023

Day 3: NaNoWriMo 2023

Start of Day Three word count = 4758

It's too early to know how the month is going to go. But I'd say I'm off to a strong start. That's about how it usually goes for me. We'll see how it goes as the month continues and work continues and so on.

Which is why I tend to take my annual NaNoWriMo writing retreat in the middle of the month!

Generally, around the end of week two, other things have come up and claimed my time. I've had "things I have to do" which detract from writing. Sometimes I just don't feel like it and the words don't come. That's okay. I haven't gone back and tracked for sure (and I'm not sure how much data I have saved on this), but I'd guess that by the end of week two, I am words behind the daily average target. The daily target it 1667 words. Yes, each day - 1667 words written. The thing about that number is that it seems to grow exponentially when you fall behind - at least when I fall behind. 

Enter a writing retreat! Time away from the laundry and the faucet which needs tightening and the drip out front which I can't really do anything about and the new neighbors and the traffic and and and. Time away where the only thing that has to be done is to write. So in the middle of the month, a writing buddy and I will take a few days at the coast - yes, she is doing NaNoWriMo, as well - and focus on writing.

The story? Thanks for asking. Eh. There is one. Fictionalized life or a total fiction - I know the answer and I'm letting it be what it wants to be. This year is definitely an exploration and a throughline and maybe a plot are poking through. Maybe or probably. We'll see where it leads!

One letter at a time, one sentence at a time. Full steam ahead to write a little more for day three before I go to bed. As my NaNoWriMo stat shows, I'm a night owl. That was absolutely a know fact before the month began!