NANO Progress


This is my first NaNoWriMo update on the blog! Phew! One week down! Since I started writing on November 1st, a lot of things have changed with my story! NaNoWriMo is a lot of fun actually, I know it sounds like a lot to do in a month, but forcing creativity can actually be really exciting and beneficial. It can work as a building block in the future! Every week I’ll share stuff about my story and what my word count is.

About the story: This started out as a slice-of-life story based on two friends who are world’s apart and going through similar problems in different settings, but then by day two I started getting a little bored with that and wanted to add a supernatural twist. I brought it up to Alex, since he was working on a paper of his own, and I like to hear his input! He suggested a killer idea and now I’m fleshing it out and I’m so pumped about NaNoWriMo now, way more than I was before! Now the story is more of a supernatural thriller!

Daily word goal: 1,700 words a day

Current Word Count: 13,600 words

Excerpt from the story so far:
“Sydney had already given me a skype tour of her little apartment, it doesn’t really look like how I imagined. It has wooden sliding doors, a tiny kitchen, and a rather nice balcony area where she hands clothes to dry. It seems a little cramped, but she doesn’t seem to mind it, or at least she hasn’t complained to me about it. Sometimes I worry that we will drift apart with this distance between us. We were so close before, talking all the time, but this is whole different situation. She has made some friends in her orientation class and there is apparently an attractive guy as well that she has expressed some interest in, we already have a nickname for him. Still, I worry that she will become a different person over there, experiencing new things and growing apart from me as I struggle on what feels like a dead end path, hanging onto the hope that some company will call me back with good news one day.

The apartment feels empty during the day, Adam’s papers and books scattered around the living room. Proof that someone lives here with me. Some dishes from last night’s dinner still on the table and my own share of papers scattered around as well. I should clean. Though, didn’t I do that already?”
Current writing playlist: 
Ghost – Mystery Skulls
ViVi – Hachi
My Dearest – Supercell
Call it off – Tegan and Sara
Hideaway – Kiesza
Norway – Beach House
Another Suitcase in Another Hall – Barbara Dickson
Luck – American Authors

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I'm doing NaNo too although I am not on target with the word count (congrats to you!) I like your excerpt

  • It's really easy to fall behind or get writer's block and struggle getting all the words out! Good luck to you on NaNo! You can do it!! 🙂

  • Thanks! Good luck to you too 😀

  • Katherine Koba

    I've found the best way to get a whole bunch of words is word wars/word sprints in the chats, or going to local write-ins and word wars there. (My regional chat has nicknamed name me Shiva, Destroyer of Words, but what can I say, I'm a pretty speedy typist!) You'll catch up in no time!

  • Wow! That's crazy cool!! I've never done the write ins in my city, although I've always thought about going!

  • Great progress and excerpt! My first week went well, a bit nervous about the second week though. Good luck!

  • Peppermint Honey

    Love that you shared an excerpt. 🙂 So many don't even want to share their synopsis' . Congrats on keeping on track even with a shift in story. Finding Nano this year a lot easier than last year. Just hope my story doesn't run out of steam. 🙂

  • I'm getting nervous as week 2 starts as well! I hope I can stay on track! I almost forgot about it today with all the cleaning I was doing!

  • Thank you! I feel like it's not quite as fun if you don't share a little bit about your story! 🙂 I'm doing a lot better than I did last year, I lost steam last year really fast, but this year I'm feeling confident! Good luck to you as well!

  • Kay

    Sounds like you're making excellent progress! I hope it continues to go well for you!

  • I just tried one of the word sprints and I managed to get 500 words out that I wasn't planning on doing any time soon haha ! Its fun but daunting, I will not enjoy editing that later

  • Adding a supernatural twist to the story… Now that is something I'd love to know more about. 🙂 A writing playlist is so inspiring. It really sets the mood for writing at times. Good luck with the story! Although it seems you're already doing pretty well. 🙂

  • Thank you! I hope so too!

  • Good luck to you too! It's easy to get started on other projects or work and forget about Nano, but so far I've been pretty good with it! I've only fallen behind twice! It's helpful having this blog, it kind of forces me to work harder on it!

  • Thank you! I'll be talking more about different parts of the story and what not as I go along with the progress posts! 🙂 I have to write with background music, it helps me set a mood or get into the mood myself!

  • Great job on your progress so far! I really wanted to participate in NaNo this year, but I decided not to. The funny thing is, I've been writing almost every day this month, so I guess I probably should have signed up. Love your playlist! Tegan and Sara always inspires me.

  • I don't think it's ever too late to sign up for Nanowrimo! 🙂 You can update your word count by day, so I feel like it doesn't matter if/when you sign up! You can always make a little challenge for yourself separate from the actual event too!

  • You can do it! Go go go!

  • Thank you!!

  • AMAZING progress, the excerpt you shared was really great :]

  • Thank you!! 🙂 I'm glad you like it!