November 16

My NaNoWriMo 2015 Adventures: Part 2 of 5

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResSo week 2 of NaNoWriMo has just finished and wow, what a week! I think I did a lot better than last week, almost doubling my word count. I actually made a concious attempt this week to at least write everyday, even if it was only 10 words. Every word counts, right?

This week we also attended our very first write in (every Thursday at Mugg & Bean Menlyn), which is basically just a social get together where we ‘pretend’ to write. :) Just kidding, we actually did two word sprint sessions where you try to write as much as you can in 10 minutes while changing up the scene you are busy with.

On the first sprint we had to change the genre, I switched mine over to romance. For the second sprint the scene was set to a character being on a couch at the psychologists office spilling their guts. I didn’t do a scene with a psychologist, but my romantic encounter took a sharp turn into an interrogation scene where the new sheriff in town started asking my protagonist about her whereabouts and actions during a party. So on Sprint 1 I managed a measly 327 words, but got the most improved award for Sprint 2 where I got 445 words. If I remember correctly the most words written in a sprinit was somewhere in the region of 800.

Apart from the word sprints, what I really enjoyed at the write in was the socialising. Actually sitting down and chatting with other writers, learning more about their experiences and frustrations. Learning that all writers have the same fears about their writing and receiving bad reviews and criticism. These are the experiences I remember most, being more of a people oriented person.

Another thing I also realised this week was that I don’t want to be a novelist, I’ll leave that to the professionals. I find it extremely hard to sit down and create such a complete story while thinking of character evolution, plot development, suspense, conflict and everything else. I’d rather just read a novel, than create one. I prefer writing shorter things, like blog posts. So I think I’m going to stick to blog posts and short stories for now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not quitting. I’ll finish NaNoWriMo, however I don’t plan on carrying on with the novel. I’ll rather use the idea for a short story, it might just be more suspenseful.

Anyways, down to business. Let’s take a look at the all important word count. I managed a total of 8 377 14 121 words, with a breakdown in the post-it note. As you can see, it went a lot better than last week’s total of 5744 words. This brings my total for NaNoWriMo to 14 121 words. It is still not as good as my wife, she managed to reach 25 000 words. So she is staying well ahead and on track! Not that it is a competition, I’ve already made peace with the possibility of not making 50 000 although I’m going to try my best to reach it. After all, we are in a word war with some group in California.

Happy Hunting!

Disclosure: I made a mistake with my totals. I presented you with my total NaNoWriMo count for both weeks (14 121 words) instead of only giving you week 2’s count (8 377 words). I make a bad engineer. :) Nevertheless I corrected it and updated the post, including the post-it note.


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Posted November 16, 2015 by Natasha B in category "Features", "NaNoWriMo

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