NaNoWriMo, 2021 – Week Two

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!

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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.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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 *

10 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, 2021 – Week Two

  1. On-screen deaths yasssssss. I’ve already had a few (of verrrrry minor characters), but there’s a big, SUPER SAD one coming up that I’m both looking forward to and dreading (mostly dreading).

    I hit 50K yesterday! I’m doing a traditional NaNoWriMo, I guess, but I also want to write the whole first draft of my kingdom adventure fantasy novel this month…which means I still have a long way to go to hit my goal. But I’m having so much fun. My characters are actual cinnamon rolls and I love hanging out with them. <3

    TOTALLY get what you mean about loving to be in love with your own stories. It's the best feeling!!!

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    • OhhhhhhHHHH! Now, THIS sounds intriguing! I absolutely love writing the super sad ones… And also hate it. It’s like my writer and reader hearts are warring against each other at all times. XD

      EEP!!!! Oh my goodness! Eva!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so stinkin’ proud of you! Hitting 50k is INCREDIBLE! You definitely need to celebrate! Okay, but cinnamon roll characters are the BEST! (I’ve got some cinnamon rolls on my cast, too. XD)

      MEEP! Good luck with finishing your whole book! I know November is already over so maybe you already have? But still! XD

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  2. I feel you SO HARD and having no idea what day of the week it is…or time zone…or if I’m even alive or some weary ghost haunting my laptop. WHO CAN KNOW? But it’s NaNo and we’re having a good time so it’s fiiiine!

    Revisions definitely take so much work and thinking and second guessing. *collapses* They absolutely require much slower work, and that’s OKAY. Taking it a little at a time is exactly what the revision process should look like. You’re doing amazing, girl! (Even if you’re killing characters KENZIE NOOOO!)

    And EEP. That is the sweetest, most delightful thing you and Phoebe got a day together! AWK. THE BEST! So very glad you girls got to do that! <3

    Congrats on pushing through this big chapter and finishing it!!! I both kind of LOVE the big chapters that involve super heavy plot stuff and kind of hate them. Because on the one hand YAY BIG EPIC STUFF. On the other hand…wait, I actually have to write all this MYSELF? Really now, why can't we have magic elves to figure out the hard stuff for us and write it all while we're sleeping? Is that too much to ask???

    BUT ANYWAY. You're doing so, so amazing and it just makes me ridiculously happy that you're loving this story! Keep on filling it with all that Kenzie magic. YOU GOT THIS!

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    • Ugh, RIGHT??? It’s like we’ve been pulled into a space-time vortex. What day is it? What year is it? NO ONE KNOWS, and yet the NaNo goes on. XD

      MEEP! I definitely needed this Christine encouragement! Revision is such a long, daunting process at times. I mean, I love it, but at the same time… *stabs manuscript with a spork* (is this how one rewrites a book? XD)

      OH MY GOODNESS, I NEED THE MAGIC ELVES SO BADLY. XD Like YES! That is literally the answer I’ve been looking for all this time. XD

      Awk!!! Thank you SO much, Christine! Legit, I don’t know what I would do without your sunshine in my life! You are seriously the kindest, sweetest human!

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  3. Yes!!! Writing buddies are the best, and *not* procrastinating writing is important. Days off are good.

    And eep! Villains are wonderful! I can’t wait to drag my underling onto the page… I like my villians more than I should.

    Congrats on getting the big chapter out of the way!!!

    Honestly, I haven’t been writing as much as I wanted to. The child I’m writing isn’t talking to me, and my outline is chaos, and negative character arcs are a thing for my other MC… But I’ve gotten involved in a writing group, and that has been awesome. And I finally finished notebook #2!

    Anyways, keep up the great work!!!

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    • Okay, but villains are the BEST. I legit never can wait until my villain is introduced on screen! It’s like the most magical moment in my opinion. XD

      Meep! Thank you so much!

      YESSSS! Writing groups are FANTASTIC! And ugh. Sometimes children are hard to write. Legit have had this same experience before, so don’t lose heart! Eventually they’ll start talking to you again! AND EEP!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON NOTEBOOK #2!! That sounds like a huge accomplishment, and I am all of the pride! *flings cookies at your face in congratulations*

      Meep! Same to you, my friend!

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