Day 13 of #NaNoWriMo: Slow progress

Yesterday I eked out 1,667 words, but today I only managed about 500. I blame Friday the 13th! That works, doesn’t it? A plausible excuse. I’m really not lazy. Just… sluggish, I guess. Letting too many excuses and distractions happen, though. And I am far too chatty on Twitter when I’m procrastinating. That’s how you know I’m procrastinating…

But my manuscript is now at 8,573 words. I feel confident I can break 10,000 words this weekend. And that will officially be the longest manuscript I’ve written since I was in my early 20s. So that’s big progress to me.

I get stalled on two things: A.) Pausing to research; endless details with historical fiction, and B.) Starting scenes and making sure they open with action and end with reaction, just keeping them interesting and moving along at a reasonably fast pace. I am trying to think of scenes as like miniature stories all strung together in an arc that makes sense in the end. That’s helping me push through them… slowly but surely.

The two days off work was nice anyway. Needed the time to rest. Did my yoga this morning, been keeping up with my weight lifting routine, made buttermilk biscuits, read a lot. No time resting is wasted time. Sometimes I wonder if this novel writing sprint month is just not for me. I don’t find the same things motivating that others do. But I do find the community of people inspiring, so I will use them while I have them to hold myself accountable and stay inspired.

2 thoughts on “Day 13 of #NaNoWriMo: Slow progress

  1. When I was figuring out a good daily writing routine, Nano was very helpful. But now, it gets in the way, although some years I like to ride the creative wave anyway. I met some great people there in the early years, although the last year I did it, I kept getting smacked by the moderators in forums because I make my living at writing and therefore, they considered everything I posted/responded to as self-promotional post and publicly scolded me. Which was ridiculous, because most of the time, I didn’t even put my website in my signature line, and they weren’t scolding others for their posts.

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    1. Yeah, I already know I won’t do this again, but it’s been a good experience to jump start my motivation for my first novel. I do like the community and find that aspect inspiring but so many of them are amateurs who only write for Nanos… 😂 You end up running into the same kinds of topics you see all the time in the Twitter writing community! The latest one is “What program do you use…” Pages. How many times do I have to say it… 🤣


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