NaNoWriMo – Early Days

It Begins. The way so far has been … good. It’s only been a day, but I got over those “Omg-how-did-I-think-I-could-do-this-I-don’t-even-remember-what-this-story-is-about” jitters, dove in and wrote nearly 2000 words last night.

I got a later start than I would have liked. Life has been a bit nutty this past week, and while I could have written longer, I felt it was best to stop before midnight and remember that kids still need to go to school and it would be a good idea if I was conscious at that time of the morning.

I haven’t written yet today. I generally prefer to wait until I have the kids sorted for the day and if not in bed, then at least occupied enough that they won’t be asking me for things every 30 seconds.

You wanna know what really adds to the “what-was-I-thinking” jitters? Opening your writing software (yay Scrivener), and having it pull up your other manuscript that you were in the middle of editing last week. Oh, yeah, remember this book? You haven’t finished with this book. Remember? 

Can I do both? Can I edit during the day, and write at night? Who needs sleep, am I right? No? Well, I can see how it goes. Maybe I can switch back and forth between headspaces, maybe not. Maybe I will have some extra time and nothing to fill it with. Ah, that was a good laugh. I needed that one.

I have learned something interesting that I wasn’t really expecting last night. I have learned that my DCI in charge of the murder investigation is Australian. At first I thought he might be American by how his dialogue came out, but I read it back again, trying to see if I could get those words to sound somewhat normal in a British accent (the answer was no, btw), but the Aussie came out loud and clear. So, there we have it. DCI Harrison Poole is Australian. The things you learn about your secondary characters when you let them do their thing. I love that.

I am going to try to check in weekly. In part so that you can all take this wacky journey with me, and so I have a place to decompress it all that isn’t Twitter. Trying to describe things in a 280 character limit is too much work.

How is your NaNo going so far? If you aren’t participating this year, what are your plans for November? Do you have your Christmas lights up yet? Should I wait until after the 12th? I never can decide.

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