NaNoWriMo 2022: Nine Days In…

Hello again everyone.

Eh, isn’t this strange? Weekly connected life updates? I feel like a proper blogger now. Next I’ll be posting pictures of my cat.

Anyway, it’s over a week into NaNoWriMo 2022 and if you’re doing a traditional goal of hitting 50,000 words by the end of the month, you should be at around 15,000 by the end of today.

Hopefully, some of you are cheering right now and I haven’t given you anxiety.

Balancing NaNoWriMo Distractions

I don’t think there is a writer alive who’s tried NaNoWriMo and not had to battle some distraction or balance other commitments.

At the start of the month, I got a few surprises from my course tutor (and by surprises I mean buckets of homework. Thanks) so I had to juggle around a bit to fit in my NaNoWriMo targets, while also contribruting to this blog, being enamored by a fanfic plot bunny (don’t judge me) and picking up some extra volunteer work. Apparently November is the month where things happen regardless of if I want them to or not.

Ho-hum.

What do I do in these scenarios? I get in the zone.

I plaster my butt to the seat and start typing. It’s not always easy but it’s got to be done.

Keeping Motivated

I mentioned last week that I’m trying to be a bit more lax with word count this year. Instead of a traditional NaNoWriMo, I’m doing a series of interconnected stories in episolary format. I’ve planned a prompt for nearly every day of the month.

I grossly underestimated how bloody difficult writing episolary fiction is. One or two letters is one thing, but a whole bunch of documents? I am far more comfortable in the world of prose. Adapting hasn’t been easy.

On top of that, I completely miscalculated the word count for each story. One story I aimed to hit 1000 words. Ended up being about 400. I wrote two stories that day. Others I didn’t finish because they tumbled into the 6000s.

Yesterday’s poem was very difficult too. I’m less comfortable writing poetry than I am writing formal documents, so after procrastinating all day, I cobbled something together which would probably get me an F in I were in school. Formal apologises to my former English teacher.

I’m not feeling today’s prompt either, so instead of dwelling on it I’m going to write something else instead.

My total word count so far: 16,500

Nine days in and it’s been a very interesting experience.

See you next week.

You read to the end! I tip my hat to you.

If you liked this, let me know 🙂

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