NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has been tough. The world has tried it’s best to keep me from writing. We’ve had car trouble, illness, and other issues pulling my attention away. Today I woke sick– again. I’m really tired of allergies. I can’t wait for the weather to turn cold and kill whatever is producing this pollen.

I am starting to feel like I am in the groove. The words are coming easier. Thanks to my handy dandy outline keeping me on track. I will say that this week’s daily goal of 2500 words is hard! Next week my goal is 3000 words. Yikes.

I may have to steal an hour this weekend to get a little work done.

 

In other news, I just completed the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2017. We’ll need to make a few adjustments for next year. Some of these topics were rough. If you would like to see the 2017 list, click here.

That’s it for now. My fingers are tired and I need a nap.

How’s your week?

-CK

NaNoWriMo Day 1

Today is the first day for NaNoWriMo 2017! It’s always good to start strong. It takes a little pressure off other days.

Word count goal: 2225

Actual word count: 2310 🙂

My word count for each writing day needs to be over 2000 words per day. That’s a lot. But I know I don’t get much accomplished on weekends. Then there is Thanksgiving. So when I planned my word counts for the month, I took that into consideration.

This morning, I cleaned the kitchen before work and set up my work space. That way when I came home I could make coffee and get right to the writing. Which I did. But it was hard. Yesterday, I realized that I plotted my story too early. Meaning I needed several scenes added to it before I could write the first scene I planned. When I started this morning I had to write those initial scenes cold without much of a plan. I don’t work well that way. But I did it. That’s what matters.

Tomorrow I can start writing where my plot cards start. That should be a little easier. I hope.

What are you doing today?

-CK

NaNoWriMo Prep 4

We are finally having cooler days. That means it only reaches 80* instead of over 90*! Looking forward to our first frost…soon I hope.

Last week was very productive. I did have a brief moment of panic yesterday when I thought my computer had lost all of my pre-writing work for NaNo. Luckily I found it. Then I backed it up on a thumb drive. Always have a back up!

Goals from last week:

  • Make a list of “locations” and describe– DONE
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
  • Plot, Plot, Plot- I have my first draft of plots. It’s a flowchart. I need to go through and scratch out ideas I don’t like.- working on it.
  • If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story
  • create a list of synonyms for walk started on it. I’ll add to it I’m sure.

Okay. On here it doesn’t look like much. But I did finish round 1 edits on Origins. That’s a big accomplishment because I won’t have that hanging over me during NaNo.

Week 4 Goals for Preptober:

  • If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story. This is actually on my list for today 🙂
  • Finalize my plot as much as I can
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters. Now that most of the plot is in my chart, I can work on this.
  • Assemble writing materials
  • Plan word counts needed for the month: by day and week. I don’t write on Sundays, too busy. I won’t write most of Thanksgiving week. That means I need to write more early on. So plan that out.
  • Plan a series of easy meals. I’ve started to stock the freezer with pre-made meals. NaNoWriMo is a great time to use the crock-pot and make large quantity meals that render left overs. Like chili. I’m also not above making sliders!
  • Make a list of rewards. I’ve never tried this. Could be fun.
  • Stock up on easy to east snacks for writing. Yes, I plan on eating Halloween candy! Popcorn too.

That should keep me busy. Here’s the cover for the 2017 NaNoWriMo project.

-What are you working on this week?

-CK

 

 

NaNoWriMo Prep 3

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant Flair

It is official I am participating in NaNoWriMo 2017. I say it’s official because I finally signed up at NaNoWriMo. I also bought the t-shirt. Not the winner shirt. I usually buy the winner shirt in advance but last year I didn’t finish. Not even close. So now when I wear the shirt I feel guilty.

Goals from last week:

  • complete character inventory sheet/backstory Done. I think most of the character work on the four most important characters is complete. I know I will continue to add to them as I plan but the hard work is finished.
  • Sign up on NaNo website Done. I just need a title now.
  • Work harder on finishing Origins. It’s not finished but it is close. There’s probably less than 20 pages left to edit.
  • Think about the major plot points for NaNo. I have a few plot cards.
  • Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)

I consider last week a success even though I did not finish everything. This week is plot and research.

Goals for week 3 Preptober:

  • Make a list of “locations” and describe- these are the main locations where the story takes place: MC apartment, where she works, and the cemetery. Yes, every ghost story needs a cemetery.
  • Begin assembling a list of minor characters- just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
  • Plot, Plot, Plot
  • If possible visit local history library for research- there’s a few things I need to research for my story
  • create a list of synonyms for walk- don’t laugh, this will make my life so much easier

That’s pretty much it. More than enough to keep me busy.

What are you working on this week?

-CK