NaNo Update – Week 2 (A Little Late)

Who’d a thunk when I agreed to this endeavor that I’d be able to claim Mother Nature got in the way of my NaNo production? Well, it’s true. In case you haven’t heard, the great November Nor’easter tore up the central east coast last week. And I just happen to live right where it landed. Lots of rain, high winds, and extreme high tides wreaked havoc on the area. And knocked out the power in my house for about 18 hours.

Now, I wish I could say this is the sole reason for being about 15K words behind. But we both know I’d be lying. So, some self-doubt mixed with a television addiction, and plain old procrastination would be the real culprits. And a persistent cold. My head feels like it wants to roll off and out the door. And I’m considering letting it go.

There will be some traveling on the agenda for the next couple of weekends, but I’ll be home alone all next week, and that includes the holiday. That means writing my little heart out and though I’ve no delusions of hitting 50K before month end, I’d really like to at least double my current number to finish the month with a minimum of 30K.

If I pull out a miracle, closer to 40K would be a dream.

How is everyone else doing? Still liking the story? Ready to throw the comp out the window? Eaten your weight in chocolate? (Raised hand!) Vent or celebrate here and we’ll all support each other.

11 thoughts on “NaNo Update – Week 2 (A Little Late)”

  1. Janga says:

    You are breaking your records, aren’t you? I think that’s a reason to be jubilant. Congratulations!

    I’m at just over 20,000. Reaching 50,000 is not impossible, but it is less likely each day. I’ll have to average about 2300 for the next 13 days. With Thanksgiving and preparing for it thrown in there, it’s probably not going to happen.

    I comfort myself by remembering your advice, Ter. If I end the month with only what I have now, it’s still more than I would have had without NaNo. At least I’m moving forward rather than standing still.

  2. Renee says:

    I surpassed 18k last night. I’m absolutely disappointed in myself, but I’m going to press onward. And I think I’ve eaten less chocolate this month than I ever have.

  3. TerriOsburn says:

    Janga – This is definitely a new record for me. Though I do wish this ick in my head would go away so I can focus. I so wanted to be further along by now, but the thumping and sinus pressure has me down.

    I’m glad I could help at all. My annoying Pollyanna tendencies should be good for something. LOL! Other than annoying people. 😉

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Renee – No worries, I’ve eaten enough chocolate for the both of us. Can we say “canister of chocolate frosting in two days?”

    You’re doing great! Seriously, I think ending the month with even 30K is a pretty darn good showing.

  5. MsHellion says:

    I’m only up to 5400 words. You can at least gloat in the knowledge you wrote scads more than me! *LOL*

    I have progressed to the next chapter. I’m not sure how it will go. I’m dealing with a divorced couple who want each other but don’t want to admit each other to the other person…so getting them into sexual tension situations where they start making out doesn’t seem logical and I don’t know how to make it real. But you can’t have a romance novel without sexual tension and making out and sex, right?

    I mean compared to other books now, they should have had sex a couple times by now…and they haven’t come close.

  6. TerriOsburn says:

    It’s not looking good right now. Haven’t written in a week pretty much. But the sinus pressure is FINALLY subsiding and perhaps my brain will work again soon.

    I don’t think your characters have to have sex by now. I’m noticing in a lot of books I really enjoy, by top writers, the sex scenes are arriving later and you don’t have to have a ton of them.

    And I didn’t think about it ahead of time, but I’m not breaking the NaNo story into chapters. It’s just one scene after another, like learning to walk. Chapter will show up in revisions, I guess.

  7. Well, no NaNo for me, but a big congrats to all of you on the word count numbers. You could stop now and still be way ahead of what many might have done in a year.

    I think the NaNo would push me to write the sex scenes out of order for the word count. Maybe as a flashback scene just to get them there? But I’m not doing it so who knows. LOL

  8. Hey, kudos for getting anything done at all while living through that storm, it looked like a dozy!

    Be nice to yourself next week; alone time is great for writing but also for a great movie, or a massage, or ordering in your very favorite food.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Terri: Every word you write is an accomplishment and I am so proud of you. You have placed goals in front of you that a few years ago would have seemed insurmountable, but you’ve conquered all of them. You are such an amazing woman and I can not tell you how happy I am for all of your accomplishments. You go girl!


  10. TerriOsburn says:

    Melissa – I’ve considered writing scenes out of order, which is so unlike me, just to get down what’s in my head and rack up the numbers. But I haven’t done it yet.

    Gillian – The storm was interesting. Being cooped up and the loss of the lights was the worst part. Nothing scary though. I’ve been through tornadoes and blizzards and that was much worse. But then I’m not close enough to the water to be freaked out.

    I have decided to take in a movie on Thanksgiving day. A little treat for myself. Who knows, maybe I’ll see two movies this week. Stuff I can’t take the kiddo to see.

  11. TerriOsburn says:

    Di – You are too sweet. But writing a book is the one goal I can’t seem to reach. And it’s not looking good based on my progress, the sad state of this story, and my lack of any motivation whatsoever. The train is totally stopped!

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