#NaNoWriMo Day #5 – The Good, The Bad And Definitely NOT 8335 Words

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I was excited and looking forward to the challenge of this year’s NaNoWriMo 2016.

I paced myself and prepared. I had enough of a basic outline to help me through at least 3 weeks and then wing it for the rest. I had even cleared the decks to reduce potential distractions leading up to this month, especially with the ongoing rebuild.

But somewhere between getting up early to greet my contractors, going to work for a full day and then doing writing prep at night ran me right out of mojo, into a bad cold and injuring my back from moving heavy items I knew better than to move by myself (but I did anyways)…

Needless to say, I can’t sit for long periods at my laptop to keep up with the word count and I’ve got zero energy by the end of each day.

The “bad”?

  1. It’s Day 5 of the challenge and I definitely don’t have 8335 words under my belt;
  2. I’m not finding myself as passionate about my new characters like I was with Delaney, Tyler, Ella, Alejandro from last year; and
  3. A big part of winning NaNoWriMo is getting ahead of your word count in the first week and that hasn’t happened.

The “good”?

  1. It’s only the first week and I’ve got three more to try to redeem myself;
  2. When I can’t work on a longer scene, I’ve been writing shorter, non-related flash fiction pieces (which I’m counting towards my 50K);
  3. Writing 4703 words is still better than 0, right? (I’ve ditched the word counter in the menu since it’s not working correctly.)

How is your NaNoWriMo going?

M xoxo



17 thoughts on “#NaNoWriMo Day #5 – The Good, The Bad And Definitely NOT 8335 Words

  1. I’m sorry to hear you’re under the weather and hurt as well. I can only hope you recover quickly and are able to get back to NaNoWriMo and get that word count up.You’ll probably develop more warmth for your characters when you can get back into them and give them form.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  2. OUCH! Sounds like my NaNo last year – when I went into a full-blown Fibromyalgia flareup AND moved during week three! UGH!

    I hit 8530 for day four. This week, I had my two-year-old grandnephew, Jordan. He was sick with a cold and fever, so I was pulled into babysitting duty. It was … different. My “baby” will be 25 next month, so running around behind a two-year-old is about as exhausting as it sounds! LOL! He’s better and went home today, so time to dig in and have some fun with this project.

    Hoping you feel BETTER much sooner than later. Back pain is simply the worst!

    Keep writing – I like your style! โค

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    • 8530 on Day 4 is awesome Fel! And you were so busy too! I’m thinking that the obstacles are in the way for a reason. I spent 7 hours at the hair salon yesterday (Black hair salons are very few in my suburb) and I drafted out, long hand, 2+ story anecdotes while watching Justin Timberlake’s Las Vegas concert on Netflix in the mirror! Maybe I’m supposed to be focusing on my anecdote story project. I’m finding this more fun.


  3. I hope your back heals quickly.

    I can relate to your NaNo woos. I ended up working at one job or the other every day this week. I left off at 4601 I think on Thursday. My littest had to go to the ER after she fell. They glued the cut shut. (Miracles of modern medicine!) I have no hope of writing this weekend. Maybe we’ll get caught up next week.

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  4. Let go of that defeated attitude. Don’t stroke those flames. Think about your character and where you want your story to go.๐Ÿค” Lay down on that floor do some stretches to sooth your back fluff your chair with pillows and heat, put your feet up and do youradiation thing. Donโ€™t throw in the towel on dan 5/6. Come on๐Ÿ‘ come on๐Ÿ‘ you got this ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

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