Thoughts · Writing

April Camp NaNoWriMo 2013: Week One

So week one has gone alright so far. It definitely could have been better, but here are my stats so far.

My week one stats are as follows:
Day One: 4,091 total word count (Pre-written prologue and part of first chapter)
Day Two: 301 total word count
Day Three: 329 total word count
Day Four: 182 total word count
Day Five: 161 total word count
Day Six: 0 total word count
Day Seven: 304 total word count

Week One: 5,367 total word count

And all of this for the prologue and first chapter. I start on the second chapter on the first day of the second week (today). I’m really hoping those creative juices will start flowing more and I can pick up the pace a good bit. Mind you, I am now roughly 8k behind (today included), but with the words coming easier and writing a little over each day’s goal, I should be able to catch up. I’m still a little optimistic about my outcome this month seeing as most of the month is still ahead of me. And I have nothing to do tomorrow but to write, write, and write some more, so hopefully I can get a chunk of that 8k taken care of. We’ll see.
Tuesday, my boyfriend is supposed to help me some with this ridiculous writer’s block…well, no, it’s not so much writer’s block as I suppose maybe…writer’s frustration, as one of my best friends used to call it. It’s where you have the ideas, you know what you want to happen, but either the narration or dialogue just will not come to you. But thankfully, there’s room for a spark of creative genius to hit you, which is what I’m hoping will happen to me. As of right now, I know what I want to happen, but the dialogue won’t come to me. I’ll play with various conversations tomorrow (or rather, later today), and see what I can come up with.
Meanwhile, I did actually talk to said best friend on the phone today, and I read to her what I have so far, and she really liked it, which made me happy. It’s definitely better than my old chapters, so that’s good. But then, my writing style has also improved greatly since I was 15, so I would hope it sounded much better.
And if you’re wondering, “Hey lady, y no wordage on day six??” well random person who speaks in Meme….that would be because I spent the day at a Scottish festival with my boyfriend and his younger brother. My family has gone every year almost since they started it, and it was my chance to include the boyfriend and his brother. I think they enjoyed it too; all three of us tried the knife and tomahawk throw. I think I managed to hit the stump with a knife, and it bounced off….everything else missed all together, I aimed too high. Meanwhile the boyfriend stuck his tomahawk, which I have photographic evidence of. I was quite proud of him. 🙂
So yeah, that’s how my week went. Hopefully this week will go much better. I feel like once I get past the first chapter, it’ll all come easier to me. I’ve explained before that it’s moving so slowly because I’m fully re-writing the beginning chapters, so I have less of a clue of what’s going on. But I do still have my old chapters that I’m using as a guideline, so that’s helping. I can’t wait to finish this and do my happy dance around the room and to finally share this story with you. 🙂

     Dreaming of happy dances…
          -Liz

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