NaNoWriMo day 7… a story begins to unfold.

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Friday was off to a rocky start, even though I had taken it as a vacation day. Or, perhaps, -because- I had taken it as a vacation day is what led me into a half day of doddling, watching a movie, a random nap, cooking some lunch, etc. I got nothing down on paper before noon.

After lunch, and a nap, I sat down to punch out at least 1600 words for the day. In all honesty I had hoped to nail down substantially more since I had the whole day to write, but that didn’t seem possible when I started. The motivation wasn’t there, and it was slow going at first.

But…

I tried something new: The location and two characters weren’t taking me anywhere interesting yet, so I built out a scene instead. Starting tight with a vague concept of something I had been rolling in my head for a bit (prior to NaNoWriMo), I pushed out just over 3500 words in about three hours. Whenever I’d hit a snag, I’d toss in two dashes separated by a return so I can go back in and fill in missing stuff in December, and then continue pushing forward wherever the story was taking me. It was quite a relief to finally be interested in the story. The motivation that interest provides was the biggest key for me yesterday, and hopefully into today/tomorrow.

Speaking of which, in a moment Jean and I will be heading out to go take a gander at WordStock, http://www.wordstockfestival.com/
The timing is impeccable, and there will be a NaNoWriMo booth as well as an area for NaNos to sit and write together… should be intriguing at the least. Plus, it gets me out of the house and in the midst of intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals alike. That should be good for my atrophying social muscles…

Plus, dinner in the city is always nice. The only downside is I am not sure how this will impact my 1600 word goal for the day. Perhaps I’ll just need to bang out another 3500 tomorrow.

4 Responses to “NaNoWriMo day 7… a story begins to unfold.”

  1. It’s a Saturday and I’m in a hotel in a city where I don’t really know anyone (met one friend for dinner the other night, and another friend nearby is out of town on business). One would think, especially with a Barnes & Noble with a cafe nearby, that I’d have made some headway.

    Nope. Not a word so far, and it’s 8pm eastern. I know what my problem is, and it sadly has nothing to do with plot or character.

    But you’re inspiring me!

  2. I hope you have fun!! It does sound like an amazing way to give yourself an extra boost. And I am sooo glad you are interested in your story! haha

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