good evening, cyberspace!
It’s currently the evening of Monday the 15th, and I’m sitting here trying to type up an accurate summary of the past week with an insane amount of difficulty.
The goal? Get this post drafted and posted by the end of the night.
The struggle? This week was a blur and I don’t even know what timeline I’m living in anymore, let alone what happened within the past seven days.
But alas! We are officially entering the third week of NaNoWriMo, and I must not let it slip past without acknowledging the week that came before it! So Week Two Recap, here we come!
NANOWRIMO, 2021 — WEEK TWO
WORDS WRITTEN – 10,847
CHAPTERS COMPLETED – 5
CHAPTERS REMAINING – 10
Um… Yeah. I think this is why I’m having a difficult time surmising the past week. To be quite honest, it was a rough one. I’m not exactly proud of it, but the writing is getting a little bit harder the further into this story I dive .It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, but rather more the fact that it’s a second draft, and there’s a lot of thinking involved.
A lot of sitting, staring at a screen and second-guessing. #revisionproblems
But! Despite the fact that I only completed *cough*one chapter*cough* this past week, I’m still having the time of my life over here. AND CHAPTER 5 WAS REALLY REALLY HARD, OKAY. I’m definitely not slacking in favor of binge reading books on my TBR or hanging out with writer friends instead of writing.
Okay, fine, but it’s all in the name of inspiration, I swear. XD
HIGHLIGHTS OF WEEK TWO
Not gonna lie, a lot of my highlights from the second week of NaNo have little to nothing to do with this draft, but it’s finnnne. I’m totally clinging to the last shreds of my sanity (lol, what am I talking about, those hitchhiked their way out of this Kenzie-town years ago) and am in no way, shape, or form on the verge of an existential crisis! *thumbs up* Anyway, some of my major Week Two highlights include, but are not limited to:
- experiencing the Second On-Screen Death of the novel! … goodness knows how many of these there are going to be by the end of this book. But if we’re only 5 chapters into the story and two *cough*people*cough* have already died… aha. #oops
- revealing Super Awesome Information within the text! … there’s a SUPER exciting trope about this book, and I finally got to the chapter where it’s revealed, and Y’ALL. It’s good to know I still squeal silently to myself whenever I write it again for the first time. I love being in love with my stories. It makes my writer heart so so happy.
- spending a whole day with one of my writing besties … my gorgeous friend, Phoebe, drove 3 hours both ways to come spend a day with me on Friday! We went to a little coffee shop to write (I got 600 words in!) and ate pizza and went through some little antique shops and watched anime and it was honestly just the greatest. After the chaos that I’ve been experiencing lately, she knew I needed a day to just kinda escape, and I’m so beyond grateful to her for being willing to drive such a long distance to see me. (you’re the best, Pheebs!)
- finishing chapter 5, aka the worst chapter ever … y’all, I am BAD at inciting incidents. It’s the bane of my existence. Beginnings are my favorite, endings are The Great Unknown and therefore worthy of exploring, but once you hit that chunk of chapters in the middle that are just there, it’s hard for me to figure out what on earth I’m doing. And giving my characters that initial push into the second act? HA. NO THANK YOU. I would rather carve my eyeball out with a wooden spoon, please and thanks. (particularly my left because that one is most definitely going blind, lolololol). Ahem. Anyway, yes. Finishing Chapter 5–and therefore the initial inciting incident–was definitely a Week Two highlight for me.
Well, well, well, it would seem as though this post is one of the shortest I’ve ever done! But honestly, Week Two–aside from being filled with many quiet moments and drinking in the beauty of November–has been rather void of many writing highlights. But you know what? That’s totally okay with me! I’ve really enjoyed this slower week of NaNo, but now that I’m standing on the precipice of another new week, I’m determined to pick up the pace and make up for my slacking off. XD Week Three is bound to be filled with not only our first battle scene of the book, but also the appearance of my delightful villain, Casey. And guys. I’m so so excited for that weirdo to make it on the page! I have a feeling that this time around, his personality is really going to blossom, and it’s going to be MARVELOUS to write… Mwahahahahahahaha!
talk to me, peasants!
how did week two of NanoWriMo treat you? do you also try to take moments to slow down and enjoy the beauty of November, or are your favorite parts of the month found within the pages you’re writing? what’s your favorite line that you’ve written so far?
As always, let’s talk about ALL OF THE NANO THINGS down in the comments below! And until next time…
* flings cookies in the air and disappears *