NaNoWriMo 2009: Week 1

Sunday 1 November
Wordcount: 2047
After re-readng Julia Cameron’s thoughts on finishing things…

The moment we finish something, we get a sort of celestial pat – sometimes even a shove – a small boster rocket of energy to be applied elsewhere.

… I decided to start the day by finishing some small tasks. I made my bed, new sheets for a new month and new beginnings, washed some dishes and did some cleaning up. I had a shower, and then I started writing. I couldn’t believe how easily the words flew onto the page, how many memories came flooding back in that moment. I did a test run for a few days in October and decided I could write two thousand words in two hours. Today, however, I did it in one! Huzzah!

Monday 2 November
Wordcount: 4067 (+2020 on previous day)
The words came less fluidly. I was reluctant to show up and write. Certainly less uninspired than yesterday. I have a lot of video to review that relates to this project and while this is infinitely useful and helpful, it can also mean writing takes much longer if you get distracted by going too far down the path of memory lane. I’m resisting the urge to write more than approximately two thousand words a day. This is all about consistency. If I leave the page wanting to write more hopefully that enthusiasm will translate into good things for tomorrow’s effort.

Tuesday 3 November
Wordcount: 4717 (+650 on previous day)
A completely horrible day on all fronts. [Somebody said something that was intended as encouragement but actually had the opposite effect altogether. They hoped that I could sustain the project for the 50,000 words. The only thing is up until they said that I never doubted I could. I genuinely thought I’d get to the 50,000 words with ease and still not be at the end of the project. This doubt really took hold in my mind, I didn’t reach my daily wordcount and everything went downhill from there.]

Wednesday 4 November
Wordcount: 4717 (No increase on previous day)
It was hard to imagine a worse day than yesterday… but here we are. Actually I did a lot of things, even writing, on this day. It was quite a productive day. I just didn’t do anything on the NaNoWriMo project. (I played a lot of music. I recorded a song – and it relates, um, thematically, at least, to the NaNoWriMo project.) I figure tomorrow really can’t be worse than today. Like, it just isn’t possible. You can’t write less than nothing. (Let’s keep the bar low people!)

Thursday 5 November
Wordcount: 5885 (+1168 on previous day)
I took a break from the narrative of the project itself and worked on a section that was always intended to be an appendix to the book. I wrote about writing the song that I mentioned earlier. It was a very emotional process, but it yielded a breakthrough more than a breakdown. I shared some background on the story with a friend via email and this reaffirmed to myself that this was a story worth telling. Mostly I am just happy to be writing again.

Friday 6 November
Wordcount: 6368 (+483 on previous day)
I wrote a little bit in the morning and then spent the rest of the day staring at the screen. I wish I could say this wasn’t true…

Saturday 7 November
Wordcount: 6368 (No increase on previous day)
After the cabin fever of Friday I knew I needed to get out of the house, so I did. I spent some time in a local park and was impressed at how much more clearly I thought in that place. There was no writing on this day, but when I got home I started cleaning up madly. Decluttering for creativity or merely procrastination? I guess time will tell.

Sunday 8 November
Wordcount: 7356 (+988 on previous day)
Things are slowly taking shape. Very slowly. Infact I have a feeling that by the end of the month I’ll have written 30,000 words. Sure it won’t be the 50,000 NaNoWriMo hopes to inspire, but it still isn’t too bad. It’s certainly more than anything else I’ve written. (Indeed the current 7356 words is the longest continuous non-Academic piece I’ve ever written, so that is something to be thankful for too.)

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  • I had a horrible writing day today and felt like my whole NaNo project was falling apart and thought of throwing in the towel on ever getting another novel completed ever again and then I came and read what you’ve been up to and I feel better. And referencing your more recent post, I like writing blogs best too;-) Maybe I’ll just do that from now on, with the occasional poem thrown in.

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