500 February- Day 9

The quick facts:
Day: 9
WC: 578
Total WC: 4,219
Time: ~30
Music: None

Thoughts:
Today’s session took me a little longer than normal, because I kept getting distracted by thoughts of other projects. I probably should have been about to get that amount done in about 20-25 minutes, but 30 still isn’t bad. The writing went really well today, though, and I’m really happy with what I produced.

Additional Thoughts:
I also want to point out that I’ve been doing this challenge for exactly seven days (I didn’t write over the weekend), and in that time I’ve amassed over 4k words. Those are four thousand words that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, and I really love how much I’ve felt like I’ve gotten done just by taking half an hour (pretty much) every morning to write. I also really feel like I’ve been living up to my title of “writer,” this past week, because I have actually been writing. Before my “writer” status was based on the things I’d written in the past and thought about writing, but not on my current projects. Now, I feel very content saying that I’m working on a project, and I imagine that I’ll be mostly done with it in a month. I’m really excited about it. T

hat said, if anyone wants to try this challenge (to write 500 words a day) with me in the next 20 days, you could write ~10,000 words by the end of the month, which is a huge amount.

500 February

Hello everyone!

I’m doing a slightly different blog post on here, so bear with me.

Recently, I’ve been struggling to write on a consistent basis, and it’s affecting my relationship with my writing and with my characters. I’ve grown distant from them, when I need to right along side them to finish my full novel draft. So I’ve decided to create a new challenge called 500 February. Similar to NaNoWriMo, 500 February focuses on having you reach a word count each day, and- you guessed it- that word count goal is 500.

That might not seem like much (it usually takes people about 10-30 minutes to write 500 words), it will add up to about 14,500 words by the end of the month. That’s more than 1/5 of the NaNoWriMo goal for November!

I’ll be posting semi-weekly (if not daily!) blogs here about my successes, failures, and progress this month. I really invite you all to join me in this, whether you’re continuing work on an old piece or starting a new piece!

Thank you so much for reading this post, and I’ll upload a more normal post (about different plotting techniques!) very soon.

Lizzie 🙂

Three random things to throw into your NaNoWriMo survival kit

We recently passed the halfway point in NaNoWriMo. Some people are ahead, some on target, and others (myself included) who have fallen a little bit behind. As a 3rd year NaNoWriMoer, this part of the month can be the hardest. The excitement from the first week is drifting away and the ecstatic rush of meeting your deadline in the last week hasn’t kicked in yet. All you can really do is keep going, and know that you’ve got this. The 100 words you just wrote might not seem like much, but they’re putting you 100 words closer to your goal. You can reach that goal. Believe in yourself.

That said, this months I’ve been slowed down by several things and here are three items that I’ve added to my NaNoWriMo survival kit to help me throw it.

  1. Mittens– I bought a pair of orange homemade mittens from the knitting club at my college. My fingers get really cold after long periods of writing, since the circulation to my hands is kind of weak. I’ve been using them to warm up my fingers during breaks.
  2. A heating pad– I made a quick heating pad last week by pouring about a cup of rice into a sock I never use. I’ll throw it into the microwave for about 25 seconds and put it on my wrists, which can sometimes feel overworks and strained after writing for a few hours straight.
  3. Stickers– every day that I reach my word count goal, I get a sticker. It’s a simple but productive motivation system, and if you’re really struggling to write, then this can be an easy way to remind yourself of how much you’ve accomplished.

That’s really it for this post. I wanted to keep it short, because I have to get back to writing and so do you (probably). Go NaNo!