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NaNoWriMo–day 2

November 2, 2009 by  

I did it. I logged 2186 words today, bringing my grand total up to 3801/50,000. I’m happy with what I wrote, although it did take much, much longer than yesterday.

Today I was easily distracted by the internet, the phone, and the children. Yesterday, Adam was home to watch the kids, and I was somehow able to tune everything else out.

I also kept watching the clock, nervous that I’d miss kindergarten pick-up. As it so happened, I did get on a roll, and all of a sudden had only 10 minutes before the class let out. Tomorrow I’m going to set an alarm.

I haven’t experienced writer’s block (so far) as much as I’ve experienced extreme procrastination. I think having these daily word count goals (which Cathie pointed out is 1666, not 1500 as I originally thought. I really need to brush up on my math skills!) is good for me—I’d just pilfer away my time otherwise.

How’d you do today? Any tips to share?


NaNoWriMo–day 1

National Novel Writing Month. I’m in. I think. Maybe.

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8 Responses to “NaNoWriMo–day 2”

  1. Donna Peters on November 2nd, 2009 8:42 pm

    I write blogs all the time in my head. I see something cool and I think about what I would write about it. But never get it down on paper. So, once in a while, when I get on a roll, I start about 6 blogs..all drafts.. and title them.. put a couple of points down, or add a picture.. then close them, saving them as drafts… There they sit.
    When I have writers’ block (which I get often) I have something to look at, think about and work from. Now that I have challenged my sister to blog every day in Nov along with me… I am going back into my drafts and about half of them are useful for the month of November when I am drawing a blank.

    • Stephanie on November 3rd, 2009 11:14 am

      Good for you, Donna, for *saviing* those drafts! That’s an excellent source of inspiration, you’ve got there. xoxo steph

  2. Jill Shelley on November 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm

    How’d I do today? Well I am still devouring your crockpot book. I love it. Made your honey cinnamon carrots twice this week.

    • Stephanie on November 3rd, 2009 11:13 am

      oooh, I’m so glad you like the carrots! xoxo steph

  3. Tracey on November 3rd, 2009 10:35 am

    Hey there –

    Congrats on getting through day 2! This is my 5th year doing NaNoWriMo and I admit that it always starts out easy but then it gets to be SO HARD!

    I have learned that scheduling time to write is the most important thing to do. For me, getting up early usually works best because the world is quiet in the early morning. I can put on some headphones (even when I’m alone I still like them) and just focus on me and my writing. I can set a timer if I need to but when I have nothing else to worry about the writing comes fast and it’s possible to crank out the daily allotment in just 30 minutes or less. That means I can either stop writing then and go on with my day or keep writing. I like having buffers for days when my brain doesn’t cooperate with my need to write.

    Next year, if you decide to participate I find that you can practice for NaNo by getting in the habit of writing for at least an hour every day. If you do that for a few weeks head of Nov it’ll be easier than even to complete NaNo.

    I’m the NaNo rebel this year and writing non-fiction. It’s going very well!

    • Stephanie on November 3rd, 2009 11:13 am

      That’s great advice, Tracey. I definitely agree that I’m the most productive in the morning.

      Non-fiction is great—writing is writing. Congratulations on your progress!

      xxo steph

  4. Stephanie on November 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm

    I’m still on track after 2 days but I’m hitting ‘word count’ a lot more than I’d like. I think it’s because I’m writing late at night for the first time and I’m more tired. In a perfect world I’d like to write in the morning when I’m fresh. So that I don’t lose track of what’s next I keep a notepad or stack of index cards near by so that I can write down what’s in my head. This helps me know where I’m starting when I get a chance to sit down next time. This ‘headlight’ view of the story helps keep me going at least until the story gets really involved.

  5. Cathie Rainwater on November 3rd, 2009 4:28 pm

    My advice is definitely try to break it up into 2 chunks in the day. And also, never write when you’re on Aleve. It made my mind totally hazy yesterday and I ended up writing 1 paragraph. I’ll be crunching to make up for it but I couldn’t move without pain. I guess more advice would be not to rake the leaves. :)

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