NaNoWriMo 2019 has officially begun!
To those participating, congrats! I’m actually joining you this year. I’m using NaNo as a motivator to get the second Executioner book written. I’d already mapped the whole thing out so I was ready to roll. With two hours scheduled for writing every morning, I was all prepared for the first day of writing. As long as I got through everything I needed to on Thursday, I’d be golden.
That didn’t happen as planned.
I got a call from my son’s school at 11:30 in the morning informing me that he’d cut himself bad enough to need medical attention. He was horsing around on the fence at recess and somehow sliced his pinky finger wide open. Mind you, this is Halloween…and my birthday…and my son’s birthday. I hop in the car, zip over to the school, and cart my terrified child off to the emergency room. We had a doctor who probably shouldn’t be allowed to work with scared kids (his bedside manner left something to be desired) but the nurse and the student who observed were awesome. Ryker ended up getting five stitches and by the time we got back home, he was back to himself and able to go out trick-or-treating with him dad and step mom that night. To make up for the work time lost, I ended up working until almost 4am but didn’t get through my entire to-list. I set a plan to get up a few hours later, bang out my remaining to-do list, and then do my first NaNo writing session.
Overnight, we got hit with a huge rainstorm that came with crazy high speed winds. A gigantic pine tree in my front yard snapped in half and dropped right outside my bedroom (although, I never heard a thing—not the storm, the wind, the tree falling, nothing). When I woke back up, I did exactly as planned and got through all my work. The rain had mostly stopped but the wind was literally howling. Just as I was sitting down for my allotted two hours of writing time, the lights flickered one, twice, and then a loud boom like a cannon shot went off in the distance. That was it. By 10:30am, my entire town and the three surrounding it were completely without power. And it stayed that way until almost 4pm last night. I got in what writing I could before it died but had to wait for the power to return to continue. Between what I wrote Friday (which fell slightly short of daily goal) and what I wrote yesterday when the power came back on, I’m now ahead of the cumulative goal by about 400 words.
NaNoWriMo Project Progress
KEY – Day Number – Words Written for the Day (Cumulative Actual / Cumulative Goal)
- Day 1 – 1072 Words (1072/1667)
- Day 2 – 2647 Words (3719/3334)
This will be my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. The first time was years ago before I originally published The Devil You Know and it was the first time I learned that I am most definitely a plotter. I like to have a loose outline of the entire book before I start writing. I use a spreadsheet to map out the story by chapter using just one or two sentences for a reminder of the planned content. Here’s an example (the content is blurred as this is the map of another WIP I have going):
This year, I was ready to go so hopefully, I won’t run into any hiccups and I can finish out the month with my word count goal met. I’ll be doing my writing session this evening as I have a bunch of PTPR work to do today but I’ll post an update each day starting tomorrow. If you’d like to follow my NaNoWriMo progress, you can do so on my blog or over on the NaNo website. This will be my only post about it here on the PTPR blog until the end of the challenge. See you all at the finish line!
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