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NaNoWriMo 2014: Week Two

(Yes, you’re reading that correctly, I’m sorry this is a week late…it’s been a crazy week. Please keep in mind as you read that this is all from the perspective of the end of week two.)
I suppose you could say this week was sort of up and down-ish. But mostly up, I’m glad to say. Heh, so much for the two week slump. Although, as far as what to say, yes, there was a bit of a slump. But word count, well…read on for yourself…Here are my stats so far.

My week two stats are as follows:
Day Eight: 0 total word count
Day Nine: 1,546 total word count
Day Ten: 338 total word count
Day Eleven: 0 total word count
Day Twelve: 935 total word count
Day Thirteen: 1,025 total word count
Day Fourteen: 0 total word count

Week Two: 4,604 total word count

So yeah…after the first day of week two, I had a better week, at least when compared to week one. It’s been a little rough as far as trying to get out of the slump of the beginning of the story. I think I finally decided to just skip ahead a bit and try to gauge when I would get to the main part of the story. But since I’m Pantsing this year, that’s a little bit difficult to do.
I did find out two very exciting things about my potential that I never knew before. I’m still psyched about it too! Within the last 15-20 minutes before midnight on day 12, I wrote 639 words in a rush to up my count a little bit before the clock struck midnight and my novel turned into a pumpkin…wait…
Anyway, I had known before then that I could write 500 words in 30 minutes, but I didn’t realize the potential hidden inside me. I didn’t know that until I went searching for it. And you know what? It’s a fantastic feeling and is still doing wonders for my confidence knowing what I’m capable of. But just wait, I’m not done yet…keep reading…
I further found out my potential that I never knew about in all my years of writing. @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter has been having #1k30min sprints throughout the month, meaning they were challenging WriMo’s to write a thousand words in 30 minutes. Having found out that I could write almost that much in less than 20 minutes, I wanted to stretch myself further than I ever had before and just see if I could do it. Any boy did I. My fingers were flying across the keyboard like they never have before. And I. Made. It!! I wasn’t sure if I could in the last few minutes, but I was close. But by the time the clock hit zero, I managed to crank out 1,025 words!
I think I’ve about decided to make December my month to focus on all the short stories I’ve been wanting to post on Wattpad/Booksie. I want to try to finish or edit them in hopes of beginning posting them either late December, or in January. I feel like that would be a pretty great way to start off the new year though, to do what I promised so long ago and post all of the shorts I’ve been working on. I wish I could’ve gotten around to it a long time ago, but every time I think about it again and realize all over again how much time has gone by since the last time I said “soon”, I’m usually in the middle of some crazy day/week/month…etc. But I think I’m going to just make a stand against myself now and just decide to set aside some time just for those stories that have been so neglected. I feel like they’ve waited long enough to be read.
I’ve made quite a few new WriMo friends in the NaNoWriMo chat rooms this year too. I’ve actually kind of searched out a few rooms to see who all else was awake-at 3 or 4am. I’m glad I did too, there’s some pretty cool WriMos out there. A couple of them are awesome enough to make a slight error in type just plain epic! For those who aren’t as familiar with NaNoWriMo and it’s inner workings, there are these chat rooms where we can interact with each other and share in the madness that is our chosen hobby/profession/whatever you may call it. In these chat rooms, we can arrange little word wars where we sort of compete against each other to see who can write the most words in a given amount of time-15 minutes is usually the most popular. Whether or not any of us consider it a true competition, it’s still a great way to get more words written and get that much closer to that goal of 50,000 words by the time the clock hits midnight on the last day of November. Another type of war that can be held is a chain war, where a selected number of word wars are held back to back with a short break in between, as opposed to one war with however long of a break you wish.
Whew…now then, how, you may ask, did a couple of girls make this thing called a chain war into something epic? Remember the typo? I’m not sure what the original number was supposed to be, but it ended up being 300 10 minute wars back to back. One of them figured it out and it was going to be three days straight of the same war. All thanks to a typo. And now, since that one ended, there’s one set up to continue til the end of the month. Pretty convenient when the chat rooms are quiet, or there’s no one in the chat rooms, but you still want to war. It can be pretty motivating to war with yourself too. Try to beat your previous best enough, and who knows? You might just up your writing speed. Or discover a hidden potential you never knew existed. 🙂
To make things even more epic, there’s now talk of creating a chain war at the start of next year’s NaNoWriMo and have it run the entire month. Yeah, that’s right, you read correctly. It’s going to be so awesomely epic and I can’t wait! If any other WriMos are interested, I’ll share a little more detail on it the closer it gets…just don’t let me forget, lol.

     Too much excitement to contain…
          -Liz

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