NaNoWriMo. Day Five. Still here.

Posted: November 6, 2011 in NaNoWriMo
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Word count: 12, 644.

I’m still here with the rest of you. I am reading your blogs and comments on G+ but mostly too bleary eyed to say much back. I can handle a comment here and there on a thread and I must say, reading how everyone else is doing is helping.

The book is going very well, humming right along. I’ve written this one character (based on a true story) that is a real asshole and the more I think about him, the more I want to kill him off. I don’t know if I will or not, but it is quite amazing how we can take things that happen to us and turn it into a story.

I have had a few things come up on this book that stirred some long forgotten memories and emotions. My book has a bit of truth mixed in with the fiction, but I think we often use that to tell our stories.

I also know enough not to slam down a true story carelessly or to write about people I know. That I would never do, but it’s interesting the things I am using from the past to write fiction.

Whether this or other characters stay in the final draft, I do not know. Right now it’s all about getting it written the first time and letting the story evolve.

Last year when I did NaNo, I was completely alone with no support system. Now I have G+ with a bunch of writers that I chat with and it has been an amazing difference.

I’ve never taken myself seriously as a writer until a few years ago when I just jumped in and started doing it. There really is no way to prepare for it or to really understand it. You can’t easily explain to someone why you would rather stay home and write all by yourself than go out that evening.

But now that I am this far into it and it’s going well, I am enjoying my time with the story. I am now finding it relaxing and not hard. I am magically making the time for it and that is becoming a bit of a struggle, but that’s OK.

I like what I’m doing and I’m proud of myself.

That says a lot.

I am tired and bleary eyed, so I’m keeping this short. Hopefully get some sleep and start this all over again.

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  2. nikkinm says:

    I agree with the bleary-eyedness. Personally, I have been spending my time in my parents’ den. Usually, we would be sleeping in our own little place behind their house, but right now because of the weather, it’s far too cold and the roof leaks insanely. I don’t sleep well on the couch here in the den.

    Reading about your story has honestly gotten me thinking about a story I once tried to write based on a true story for NaNoWriMo. The story failed, and I think that’s because I didn’t take the scene idea that my friend offered me this year. If I had it to do over, I think I could totally write that “based on a true story” story for NaNoWriMo. Looks like I’ve got a plan for next year…

  3. Susan Lewis says:


    I didn’t write yesterday because I was on the road and visiting family. I just got home and I’m tired from the trip, but have to get caught-up on my story. I just made a cup of coffee and am unpacking. (sigh)

    I don’t feel like I write well when I’m tired, but sometimes you just have to push through it.

    I think everyone should write their story. A lot of mine is based on some true things and as I write it, I think about mistakes I’ve made and bad decisions. It’s a good feeling to just look at something in the past and then know that’s where it stays.

    I’ve got an idea for next year for NaNo if I don’t get to it this year. It seems the more a create (write) the more I want to. If I don’t keep it up, I lose interest.

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