Today I woke up after five hours of sleep and wrote for my novel. Then I wrote for my job. Then I got obsessed with the US election. Then I wrote more for my book. Then I wrote this blog post. And then I cried myself to sleep from writing overload.
Welcome to my wrap-up for NaNoWriMo Day Four.
If you missed my previous posts about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you can find the links below.
How Did I Go On NaNoWriMo Day Four?
Alright, let’s get this over with. The question my oh-so loyal readers are wondering is: did I wake up at 5 am this morning? Believe me, I barely did any sleeping last night. I was too busy getting up at 5 am to write my novel.
Okay, Ron Howard is right. I did manage to get up at 6 am, though, mainly because it was so bloody warm in Melbourne last night. Hence I’m running on very little sleep, about to crash any minute now.
As for the writing itself, it went okay. I struggled a little (meaning I didn’t get to my usual 3000 words), mostly due to a couple of complicated scenes. I decided to go back to the villain and add another scene, which was so stuffed with subtext that it almost gave me a headache. Then I went back to the protagonist, who went to the circus for the first time. Since I didn’t plan out the circus at all, I’m making exciting magical acts up on the spot, which isn’t easy.
The Surprise Package
Once 8:30 am came around, I was straight into my actual job… as a writer. And so began the grind of writing an additional several thousand words, this time of complete nonsense. The middle of my day was interrupted by a surprise package, being the Scribbler box for writers.
This was my first Scribbler box, and it was seriously awesome. Ironically, the topic for this month was outlining. I wrote A Fate Entwined almost entirely through discovery writing, but decided to try making an outline for Project Canvas, my NaNoWriMo book. Even still, I consider myself a discovery writer so it was a funny box to get for my first one.
After work I was supposed to jump straight back into my novel writing, but I ended up getting massively distracted by the US election for a few hours. I can’t say it was the most pleasant experience, particularly since much of my time went into reading an online forum that regularly diverged into a discussion of whether the result will lead us to total nuclear annihilation or not. Cheerful stuff.
Personally, I think I’ll just duck back into my hobbit hole and write a few thousand more words. See you all in the apocalypse!
Today’s word count: 2614
Total word count: 11,481
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