One more week to go of my 30 Days and Nights of Literary Abandon!…which, for me, means abandoning dishes and laundry and children and husband for days at a time. At last tweet, the husband reported that our children were Occupying the play structure in McDonalds. Maybe I should get back in the loop?
Nah, it hasn’t been that bad. Weirdly. Writing my NaNo has just kinda become part of what I do now, in addition to my editing gigs, networking, and oh yeah, some parenting, house clean-up, and face-to-face with the spouse (rather than just tweeting).
In week 3 I settled into a pattern of daily 1667 words rather than 2278 on days with childcare & 760 on days w/out childcare, which I had calculated out to a level of precision that was a bit foolish. I did not take illness into account–of my child a couple days, and his daycare provider a couple of other days! I’m due to hit 50k on 11/30.
I’m beginning to envision a regular cycle of generating, then workshopping my writing. And I’m seeing the faintest glimmer of ways I can incorporate a practice of writing into my other (paid) work.
Now I sit down and write for about an hour to get to that magic number 1667 (50 thousand words divided by 30 days in November). I find I’m writing fewer throwaway paragraphs (i.e., “This sucks, I dunno what to write, this sucks…”), or at least, that now there’s more variety of content in my throwaway paragraphs I use just to keep the momentum going. I’m surprised at how often I remark, “It was fun to write today about…” Sometimes it’s a pain to get started but I’m always glad when I’m done for the day.
What I’ve got now is pretty raw and it’s not all one single narrative; it’s more like lots of different strands. So the next step is analyzing my word cloud, or just printing out and manually tagging up everything I’ve got so I can connect the various strands into something bigger. And now…on to the final seven days!