I’m getting a little sloppy in my writing habit. While I am still sitting down to write every day, I feel safe in saying my binge mode is on hiatus. I managed to get a couple hundred words out before my brain decided to call it quits today. I’ll probably need to go back and tweak my outline to get my mind back on track to finish these last couple thousand words. Either way, I have plenty of time to reach the 50K goal for the month. Anyone else hitting a mid-WriMo slump?
It’s been two weeks of NaNoWriMo, and I wrote so furiously I didn’t realize my new found finger strength and broke my glasses. Holy Peer Pressure! I am a binge writer. If you’ve followed my blog posts about NaNo from the beginning you know I’ve put up some impressive numbers in the last 11 days. However, if you are not like me and actually have a life, you may not have broken 15K at this point. I’m here to say that it’s completely okay. NaNoWriMo shouldn’t be about competing with other Authors. (Unless you thrive on competition with others) It’s about competing with yourself. Pushing your limits and seeing just how much you can accomplish in such a short period of time.
I’ve tried not to compare myself to others, but I will admit, every morning I check the NaNoWriMo website to see what numbers my WriMo Buddies have put up overnight. I find the highest number and do my best to best that word count by the end of the day. It has obviously been a winning strategy for me so far. Honestly, this being my first year I thought I would be more stressed out about my word counts and struggling to get to the 50K by the end of the month. Maybe I’m just that excited.
In this process, I’ve made a ton of new writer friends. We chat on Discord, encourage each other on Instagram, meet in real life to write separately together. It’s been great. I’m even tempted to volunteer as a regional rep next year if my family allows. That brings me to my only real negative in this experience. I have definitely skimped on family time in my quest to reach NaNoWriMo success. I’ll definitely be slowing down now that I’ve gotten close to the finish line so early so that my family will actually remember who I am come Thanksgiving.
Not So Long Haul
It’s Day 10 of NaNoWriMo and I spent the entire day on my behind in front of my computer. Only taking breaks for basic self-care and a thirty-minute dance party with my minions. All my hard work resulted in a massive 7k+ word gain! I’m surprising even myself with how many gains I’ve gotten over the last ten days. Then again my minions have missed me terribly as I’ve squirreled myself away to accomplish the undertaking.
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I bought a NaNoWriMo Survival Kit from Second Star Books and this is what I think about what I’ve used so far.
I sewed up my own spectacular laptop tote awhile back and haven’t used anything but to carry my laptop since. Still, I got a bag in this expensive survival kit so why not use it. I used it to carry my laptop (duh) to an event and it was functional. I like the design on the outside and I did get a few compliments on it and the pin I attached to it (see below). Really my only critique is that it had zero padding. I’m clumsy. I need my things wrapped in bubblewrap otherwise those table corners and linoleum floors will definitely leave their mark on my precious writing tools. If I do use it again I will probably use a padded laptop sleeve as well.
I am not a pin person so I wasn’t too excited about this addition to the Survival kit. It’s super pretty though and I would love to have earing made to match. Earrings would definitely get more use from me. I attached it to the laptop bag because like I said I am not a pin person and don’t like random holes in my clothes. It did, however, get a lot of compliments from my fellow writers so I might move it to my usual laptop bag to show it off more often.
Bunny Egg Timer
Okay, so I have mixed feelings with this timer. For one it’s super adorable. How am I supposed to concentrate on writing with something that freaking cute in my line of sight? Two it’s annoying as hell. The darn thing ticks every second for 55 minutes straight before going off like the old oven at your Grandma’s house. I am not going to be using it at home during personal writing sprints, but it did come in handy for my group writing sprints outside the house. The ambient noise of a bar or cafe drowns out the constant ticking, but the ding at the end is loud enough to be heard as well. Note that I said this is a 55-minute timer and not a full hour. It states it can be used for an hour, but the two times I tried it either didn’t work at all or rang a few minutes early.
I found them comfortable but a little too warm since I keep my house a decent temperature and when typing my hands are the furthest thing from being cold. They would be more useful for someone who enjoys writing outdoors regardless of the weather. Maybe even when your favorite coffee shop runs out of those little cardboard hand protector things so you can still sip your latte and write while it’s still hot.
Upon the first sniff, I didn’t think I would enjoy this candle. Its espresso scented and I tend to like lighter floral scents like the Plotter Candle. Thankfully its not as strong when lit and left a pleasant coffee shop smell in my office. The wick is one of those long even burning ones too so no worries about it burning straight down the middle leaving plenty of useable wax along the side of the tin. I will definitely be using this candle again when I’m in a cafe writing mood but don’t want to venture out in the cold to get to an actual cafe.
I really thought I was going to love this candle, and I was WRITE!!! *wink wink* It has a pleasant smell that reminds me of fragrant flowers more than the tea it hints at. I found burning this candle very soothing, and it really helped me not freak out when I wasn’t killing my word count goals as quickly as I anticipated.
Voltaire Quote Ceramic Mug
Not much to say about this one. It’s a cup and it doesn’t leak. Has a cool quote but I’m not reading it as I sip my delicious beverage from its metal lip. Holds a decent amount of liquid but does get a little warm so using the handle while your drink is still hot is a must. I also found the handle to be a little slippery so if your hand’s sweat then you might not want to fill this thing to the brim.
Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner
Didn’t think I would be needing this so soon into the NaNo Process but it definitely came in handy. Just pick it up and flip to a random page. It’s full of inspiration and kick butt, no-nonsense get-up and go! This book may just be the best thing about the Survival Kit. Definitely keeping this in my writer’s toolbox.
Things Not Yet Used From Kit
Plot Bunny Notebook
It’s just so cute! I haven’t wanted to ruin its pristine pages with my hideous handwriting just yet. For now, it will sit on my To Be Used shelf with the rest of my adorable journal collection. I admit I have a bit of a problem when it comes to cute journals but I’m sure once I do finally crack the seal on this beauty it will be a great addition to my Past Muses Journal shelf.
It’s Fast Track Friday!
Okay, so I just made that up but no matter if you are in a mad dash for that 50K goal or taking the scenic route, this Friday is the start of an exciting weekend of writing. Who isn’t excited for the weekend! I had an entire day wide open to get my creative juices flowing again. I took it slow in the morning hours not wanting to burn myself out for the scheduled Write-In later in the evening. I also didn’t give myself a set goal because I found myself overthinking trying to get there and that’s never good for my writing process.
I’ve been able to solidly pants my way through the first week of NaNoWriMo but today I took a step back to do some basic plot arc outlining to get myself back on track. I know the goal is to get 50K words with no stipulation on them being good words but I’d at least like it to make sense. Since I’m planning to publish my NaNoNovel someday it would help if I didn’t have whole chunks of garbage writing to edit away.
Bonus tips: If you have a smartwatch or fitness tracker use the hourly activity notification as your word sprint clock. I have a Samsung Gear Frontier and its hourly reminder to get moving also keeps me from being too sedentary while on my writing binges.
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In The Weeds
I came in expecting to race through my sprints and instead only did a short jog halfway up the block. Rounded out my day with A Local Write-In and finally got some mojo back. I didn’t meet my 2k word goal today, but I still managed to eek my way past 20k total for my NaNo Novel.
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Five Days in and I’m feeling the burn. I started out sprinting even knowing this was a long distance race. I already knew that I wasn’t going to be able to keep such fantastic numbers every day so I set my goal just over the daily average to complete 50k in 30 Days (1,667). I managed to barely eek by my goal but still a solid word count of 1,930 words. Which put me falling just short of my 20k total word count goal for the first stretch. Definitely needed and appreciated that NaNo Pep Talk from Andy Weir today!
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Picking Up Speed!
Another magnificent day of NaNoWriMo Complete! I am obviously still in a euphoric high from all the writing time I’ve clocked in. Today’s Goal was set for an additional 5k words and I crushed it! Finished up for the day with 7,033 words added to my draft!
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Not Your Average Halloween/ NaNoWriMo Eve!
I had the honor of co-hosting a special Shut Up & Write! event last night. A small gathering of eager writers, ready and willing to stay up until midnight to get a running start on their NaNo Novels. As well as a few who were just crazy enough to stay up after all the Halloween festivities to join in on the hour-long writing sprint (Costumes Optional). We had fun conversations while waiting for the opportune hour and great progress was made towards our individual writing goals. I myself was able to reach a whopping 1300 words! Just a few hundred short of my daily writing goal.
Survival Status Level 1
Since this is my first year participating in National Novel Writing Month, I have scoured the internet for advice from past participants on how to cope with this major undertaking. In my research, I stumbled upon numerous posts and blogs about Survival Kits. Things that would help to calm my nerves, provide pep talks on my low days, snacks to keep me energized on the long haul. So many interesting and fun ideas that it was enough to make me want a little bit of their magic for my own. Luckily I also came across an Instagram post from Second Star Books advertising the sale of their very own NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. Bonus it was also a mystery box. I am kind of a sucker for a good mystery. Want to know what was inside? You can watch my live unboxing HERE on my Facebook Page and follow along with me the month of November as I post about what I actually used, what I didn’t and how it all worked out for me.