Jayme Woods

Writer. Geek. Adventurer.

NaNoWriDOH!

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November has been a crazy month – and not, as the blog title suggests, because of NaNoWriMo. I’ll get to NaNo in a second, but first some context.

My month kicked off in rather epic fashion. For starters, I visited FOUR castles.

Not pictured: Prince Eric’s castle. Also: yes, Rapunzel’s tower totally counts as a “castle” ;)

Not pictured: Prince Eric’s castle. Also: yes, Rapunzel’s tower totally counts as a “castle” 😉

On top of that, there was the little matter of the best concert ever. All of which was awesome, except very little (read: no) writing got done at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Which would’ve been fine except I also came back from vacation with a tickle in my throat.

Famous last words.

How disgustingly ill was I, you ask? I still haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World. Anyone who knows me knows how sick I’d have to be for that to happen. I blinked and a week of my life vanished – an entire week. Another seven days where writing fell to the wayside while I babysat Flu Jr.

If you’re wondering, I call it Flu Jr. because it wasn’t as bad as the full-blown flu, as evidenced by the fact that I’m typing this. But it still made me feel like this:

GIF credit to the fantabulous Chrissy

GIF credit to the fantabulous Chrissy

Only worse.

So there I was. Two weeks. Limited writing. That may not sound like the end of the world, but I was kind of crushed. Why? Because this year I’d made up my mind to attempt NaNo. I knew my vacation might throw me off a bit, but I’d still decided to write my little guts out in pursuit of that elusive 50k. That goal seemed pretty unlikely when I woke up on November 11 with just 2k fever-induced words. That’s right. 2,000. As in, 4% of 50k. Not gonna lie, I was a little discouraged.

Then I stumbled across this: How I Won NaNoWriMo in 9 Days . That’ right. Ava Jae hit 50k in 9 days – and her friend Taryn hit that mark in just 3 days. Do not adjust your monitor. You read that correctly. 50k in 3 days. My mind was officially blown. I’m still not sure I can churn out 48k in two weeks, but I’m sure as heck going to try.

So here’s my challenge, fellow writers*: forget about the last 15 days. Maybe, like me, your word counts haven’t been what you’d hoped. Maybe you’ve been watching from the sidelines and you’re now ready to join the fray. Either way, the time is NOW!

And remember: you don’t have to “win” NaNo to come out a winner. We’ve got 15 days left, people. 1500 a day will mean 22,500 by the end of the month. Squeeze out an extra 500 words per day and you’re up to 30k. We can do this!

Do you have a NaNo war story? Are you ready to show the second half of November who’s boss? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or over on Twitter. #NaNoWriDOH

Until next time, WRITE ON!

*Unless you’re a fellow writer who’s already won NaNo… in which case, go celebrate. 🙂

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Author: Jayme

Hi, I’m Jayme. I write MG adventures, adore glitter, and watch way too many Disney movies. If you like pirates or robots or aliens or ninjas, we’ll get along just fine.

7 thoughts on “NaNoWriDOH!

  1. That’s rough! I lost some time this week when my girlfriend caught strep throat, but I still managed to stay on track without lowering her on the priorities.

    That’s awesome that you got to go to WDW this week. We live in Orlando and are season pass holders. You could live in the parks and they still wouldn’t get any less magical! I can see how you caught a bug though, so many different people from all over the world!

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo! Keep up your positive attitude. Looking through posts tagged NaNoWriMo, I can tell you that your ability to conquer discouragement makes you a rarity!

    I can’t wait to read more of your blog!

    • I hope your girlfriend is feeling better. Strep is rough. Congrats on keeping your writing on track! That takes major juggling skills.

      I love WDW and totally agree that it never gets less magical! I’m always noticing new things. Of the things I saw this trip, the mural next to Peter Pan’s Flight was my favorite new addition. Definitely jealous of your proximity to the parks. 🙂

      Aww, thanks! I try to stay positive. Good luck to you as well. 🙂

  2. Ah! This sounds so cool. There’s about 14 days left…I think I’m going to do this. I wasn’t planning on NaNoing but after seeing everyone’s tweets I just want to be in on the action. It looks like this pantser might have to outline though…yikes!

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