Hello! Today is NaNoWriMo Day 5 and I’m still feeling pretty good! Coffee may or may not have a large part in this, but honestly I am just glad to be caught up. I still have today’s words to write, but I ended the day yesterday with 6,944 words.
I struggled a bit during the first couple of days of NaNoWriMo. I fully planned on writing November 1st, but we had company and I couldn’t lock myself in a room and be rude to them. So I didn’t write. And I spent the last couple of days playing catch-up and making up for it.
Today the goal is to hit that 8,333 word mark. While I can’t necessarily do it during the day (as much as I’d like to) because I’m at work, there are some things I’ve been doing to help myself.
I’m not a huge outliner, but I’ve been outlining each chapter as I go along.
After I finished Chapter 1, I had some ideas for chapter 2, and made an outline for it. It wasn’t a super detailed outline, was hand-written, but it helped me to organize my thoughts for those word wars I was doing with my friend Tracy last night. I find that this doesn’t take long— maybe 10 minutes or so, and it saves me so much grief.
Outlining this way, also keeps me from feeling constrained and like I have to stick with a multiple page, detailed outline.
If I end up deviating from my notes, big deal. It allows the story to flow naturally and keeps me concentrating on the next scene or chapter.
I hope that all is going well for all of you WriMos!
What are you doing to help you get through NaNoWriMo 2014?
Now on to write all the words!!! Good luck!