NaNoWriMo Day Seven, Or Crap, We’re Already A Week In? When Did That Happen?

Hey! There’s an election tomorrow guys! VOTE!!! *now on to your regularly scheduled programming*

AND… the first week of NaNoWriMo 2016 draws to a close. I did not do more writing last night, so I closed the night with an abysmal 2,040 words. Still better than the NaNo average needed, yes, but far afield of where I’d like to be. But this is when life intervenes. A friend of mine was in an accident and I spent the day with her in the emergency room. By the time I got home I was exhausted, completely wiped. And you know, those days happen. I tried valiantly to dictate for 30 minutes when I got home, and I had to pull myself across the finish line. My energy was gone, my muse wanted no part of what I was doing, of the scenes or the characters or the plot. That’s okay. That happens. The only thing to do is keep moving.

It didn’t help that my plot has diverged widely from the original one. In a good way, but it’s not what I’d planned. So instead of jumping into writing today, I took some time to brainstorm this new direction. What new scenes would I need, where would they fall, how I would arrange it. I work so much better when I have some semblance where I’m going, even if I skip down every rabbit trail to get there. It’s the first draft. Cohesiveness is not my target right now. I’m already thinking about changes I want to make in the next draft, but I won’t worry about it now. Too much story left to write, too much month left to write it.

I had to be a big girl and settle a trial that I was scheduled to have next week, so I didn’t start writing until almost 8:00 p.m. When people ask me why I dictate, in large part it’s because I’m at 3,000 words in 45 minutes of work. The other part is that I have CTS in both wrists, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m going to do one, maybe two, more sessions tonight, then try and make it up tomorrow.

The beauty of working from home is that I don’t have to get up and go vote at the butt-crack of dawn like my honey. But since he’ll be up, I might as well get up and write early. That’s the plan, at least. If I can get my word count in early on, maybe I can brave going to a election return party tomorrow night. We’ll see.

NaNoWriMo, Day Six: 2,040 words
NaNoWriMo 2016: 52,307 words

I’ll update you on my word count for the day tomorrow. Expect an early post, so I can spend my night vegging out and trying not to get drunk. GO VOTE!!