1. Write at least 50,000 words in November.
Minimum word count for November 7: 11,669/50,000
My word count: 12,129/50,000
Adventures in NaNoing: This week has been a whirlwind, to say the least. The first week of NaNo usually is, but this one even more so, because for the first time since 2010, we had an in-person midnight kickoff at IHOP!
I have really, really missed the midnight kickoffs, so I was thrilled that November 1 fell on a Friday and we could swing a midnight kickoff this year. We had around 30 people show up over the course of the night: some in costume, some just ready to write, some familiar faces, and many, many newbies. It was a lot of fun.
We ended up staying at IHOP until 2:30 a.m., which meant it was 3:30 by the time I finally fell into bed. Fortunately, I had been telling my boss I’d be out Friday morning for weeks, so I didn’t have to get up for work until about 10:30 the next morning.
Of course, it was also during the cold light of day that I realized the place where I’d started my story the night before? Wasn’t going to work. So, I “scrapped” the 1100 words I’d written and started over with a new scene that I like much, much better. (Now, when I say “scrapped,” I mean that I just turned the old intro white so I couldn’t see it and started over. Those words still count! :-))
Saturday was our first “official” write-in, which had a fairly good turn-out, including some other new faces who hadn’t been able to make it to the kickoff. We got to do our first Boxes of Doom and add the first characters to the graveyard, so it really feels like NaNo is in full swing now.
Because clearly I wasn’t doing enough last week, Saturday night I went to the ballet with Rebekah and Serena. We saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it was beautiful. It was also in the theater that I realized while I have been in ballets before (I took dance for about 9 years), I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen one in person, or if I have, it was so long ago that I don’t remember.
Anyway, I had a really great time, and now I’m going to see if I can get tickets for the Nutcracker in December!
Overall, the writing’s been going well. I have run into several places that I’m having to go back and change/flesh out in order to move forward, but that’s all right…just more words, right? 😉
2. Stay sane throughout the entire month.
Well, I thought this would be a snap…and then this an actual conversation I had on Tuesday at our write-in:
A WriMo’s kid: “You’re crazy!”
Me: “You should see me at the end of the month.”
Sounds like I’m already cracking up?
How’s NaNo/November going for you guys?
Pictures are thanks to the lovely Rebekah!