November is National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo—and I decided to join in at the last minute. I’ve written about Week 1-ish, Week 2, and Week 3, and here’s the final update for Week 4. I’m also doing the #NaNothatWriMo 30-day picture challenge I found on Instagram to have a little fun. I’ll post weekly digests of the topics, but you can also follow along on the Highmoon Press Instagram account.
Week 4 was a bit hectic, in that I flew back from my Thanksgiving vacation and worked long-ish hours for the rest of the week, which threw me off. On the plus side, I continued to make great use of my work lunch break, and since my family was out of town for most of the week, I got in a little extra writing time at the end of each workday. When Nov 30 rolled around, my final word count was 5315, half of the goal I had set for myself back on Nov 15 of 10,000 words. That said, I’m happy with the results. I got words written down, and a whole novel mapped out where I had nothing but wishes at the start of the month. NaNoWriMo accomplished its goal to get me writing. Time to move on to other projects during December.
Day 25. Writing Distractions. I am. I am my own greatest writing distraction. Not music, not TV, not social media, etc, but me not having the discipline to set those things aside to dedicate time to writing.
Day 26. Make Your Own Book Cover. Thrown together with the apps I have on my phone. When the time comes, I’ll bust out Photoshop and do a proper cover. (Though I’ll say, I like the simplicity of this design.)
Day 27. Most Words Written In One Day. I’ve no idea, I wasn’t keeping track of word count each day, not this time around. I want to say that for this project, it was something like 400 to 500. Overall, this project has been put together a couple hundred words at a time.
Day 28. Where Are You Writing Wednesday. Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I didn’t want to go home to an empty house (my wife and kids are out of town), so I ended up writing a couple hundred words at Barnes & Noble before calling it a night.
Day 29. Favorite Line You Wrote. Context: It’s circa 3100 AD, we’re in a space station, Marina was wounded, and wakes up in a fancy medical bay. I work in healthcare and I’m a little jaded about the cost of care and where it’s going in the future. I also like that I got to use one of my mom’s refranes, sayings. Also, Spanish isn’t italicized because it is as common a language for Marina as English.
Day 30. Final Word Count. 5315. Rather than bemoan not making it to 50K, or even 10K, I celebrate the 5K words I didn’t have when November started, and the novel that has taken shape in my head. I have been struggling for years to get this particular story out, and now I’m on my way to taking it from thought to paper. #NaNoWriMo accomplished its mission to get me writing fiction regularly throughout the month, for which I’m thankful. Now I’m looking forward to new projects, like editing my existing novel, and doing a nonfiction project which I’m very excited about. It’s always one project after the next in the #LifeOfAWriter.