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Nanowrimo 2013 Journal – Days 1 to 4

on November 4, 2013

Friday, 1 November. 2.30 PM. 

It’s the end of my allotted writing time for day 1 of nanowrimo, and I’m currently sitting on 2,211 words. It’s a good start to the writing process. I’m enjoying the story – I want to know what’s going to happen. While I have a general overview, between now and the end there’s every chance the characters are going to develop and start to behave in ways I haven’t anticipated. The sunshine and quiet spring day spent outdoors with my word processor only serve to help my mood and the creative process. I might try to write some more later on tonight. Unfortunately, as much as I’d love to write more today, real life demands some attention, too. Then again, that’s probably a good thing. Based on past experience in other writing contexts, it’s very easy to become intensely focused to the point of becoming quite a grumpy bum.

Saturday, 2 November. 9.06 PM.

I rolled out of bed this morning, ready to devour my breakfast – muesli with oat milk – and spend a morning writing in the wonderful spring sunshine. (It’s Australia – November is springtime, here.)

Sometimes life isn’t predictable. Or, perhaps it’s predictably awkward when it comes to me wanting to write. It is thirteen hours since I dragged myself out of bed for what became an incredibly stressful day and I finally have my star office document open on my eee pc. That’s motherhood for you. When your children need you, all plans to write the first draft of a story that’s been burning in your mind for months are thrown out the window. It’s kind of frustrating, but I have my priorities. The kids are finally in bed now, and I can get a moment to write.

Saturday, 2 November. 11.27 PM.

Current word count: 3,790 words. It’s late. So late.

Monday,  November. 4.47 PM.

The problem with trying to write over a long weekend holiday (Melbourne Cup Carnival) is that the usual routine of having a predictable six hours a day to myself is disrupted by the more immediate requirements of socialising and keeping bored children occupied on their day off school. However, it is nice to have a break in the routine. It keeps things interesting. As I take a few blessed minutes to work on my nano manuscript, the ideas are flowing. I think the discipline of it is paying off. I know that when I open a fresh document on the computer (I’m saving each section separately, day-by-day, rather than writing it in one file) I will have to write. I have a new working title, one that will help refine the direction of my ideas. Also, some necessary background details are coming into my mind.

I’m enjoying the nanowrimo process so far. It’s funny that as I work on this immediate story, ideas for other stories are also tumbling out. I’ve found it’s important to have a pen, a pile of loose leaf paper, and a folder on hand to make a note of extra ideas. I will be able to refer back to them, and it keeps the inspiration flowing.

Current word count: 3,865 words.

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