NaNoWriMo 2019 Update

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On week 1 I wrote 6,220 words. On week 2 I wrote 4,499 words.

 I had a bit of a word count snafu during week 2. On Day 10 I updated my word count as 1,173 words which made my word count to 10,099 words and earned me my 10k badge. But later on when I recounted, I discovered that I added 269 words of Day 9’s word count to Day 10. To make up for it, I made up the miscalculated 269 words but didn’t add it to the word count.

 Now it’s week 3 of NaNoWriMo. And I’m not at all up to date. So I have to step up my game. Why? I wasn’t making my daily word count goal during week 2 of NaNoWriMo. Sure, I haven’t missed a day but my lowest word count was 22 words on November 13th.

 I’m almost at the climax of my story. And then I realized I’m still unsure of events to happen in the falling action after the climax. I have some ideas now, after using most of week 2 of NaNoWriMo to read manga, other books and watch anime.

 Another reason why I have to step up my game is because next week is Thanksgiving. And Thanksgiving falls on the last three days of NaNoWriMo.

 Now if you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving, your word count would likely suffer. Why? If you’re thinking Thanksgiving is one day then you’re dead wrong. For a guests it’s one day. But for whoever’s doing the hosting Thanksgiving takes a week.

 You’re shopping for Thanksgiving. You’re cleaning the house for Thanksgiving. Making sure you’re best plates, cutlery and cups are at their shiny best for Thanksgiving. You’re seasoning the food for Thanksgiving. Then you’re cooking for Thanksgiving. And when you’re thinking Thanksgiving is finally over, you’re shopping again. Why? Two words. Black Friday.

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So yeah, I have to up my game by upping my word daily word count goal to 2,000 words starting now. I wasted most of 2019 away because of a writing slump I recently got out of. And it’s a slippery slope to fall back into that slump. If I allow the upcoming holiday cause speed bumps or delays in my momentum.

 (I’m hosting but my sister and brother-in-law is bringing the meat part and other things. While I’ll be making the rice, mac n cheese, salad and a chocolate cake).

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I’m not sure if we’ll be hosting Thanksgiving this year, the last two or three years we went somewhere else. Only thing is, whether I’m a guest or a host, I’ll have to socialize. And my introverted NaNoWriMo writer self don’t really want to.

 There’s one month left in 2019. And I have a few other projects I want to start and complete and submit by January and February after NaNoWriMo. So to the people I might offend, I apologize. I’m not being rude or antisocial or think I’m too good to talk to you. I’m just a writer with a goal and a deadline.

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Where are you with your word count? How is your story coming along? Have you made a holiday game plan to reach your NaNoWriMo goal? What’s next after NaNoWriMo?

A word, after a word, after a word is power.- Margaret Atwood

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    • Thanks Alex.

      And you’re so lucky. For Thanksgiving it’s us four plus two and more coming. And really hoping the more is no more than at least one or two. I remember a coworker complaining years ago how her husband’s whole family comes over and they never bring nothing. So she starts cooking days before Thanksgiving to feed them all. :-O

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  1. I love the part about Thanksgiving not being just one day! I’m alone, no guests, but I still do a fairly traditional dinner and it all takes time–for preparing, and then clean up afterward. The eating time is pretty short 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog–I wish you and your loved ones a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

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