Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2013: Day Seventeen

17 Apr

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Well, I didn’t get ahead today like I wanted, but it was an okay day once I got going. I kept putting writing off again in lieu of more interesting things, like seeing a movie and reading about a one-way expedition to Mars. However, once I finally decided to move on to (yet another) scene, I hit my stride. This one was planned–where my MC meets her newly appointed female bodyguard–but their dynamic is a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I might even introduce Bodyguard earlier in the story just to have her in it longer.

The other trick I did today was start the scene in a completely separate document. I haven’t done this very often and met minimal success on other occasions, but today it seemed to be just what I needed. Starting with a fresh page can be intimidating sometimes, but this time I was able to stop watching the word count go from “27,300” to “27,700” and instead watched it steadily climb up from 0, which was a lot more fulfilling today. Has anyone else ever done this?

I’ve decided I’m going to solve yesterday’s “should she have spies?” problem with Bodyguard. Bodyguard will introduce MC to the suppressed history of the city, which is part of the political mess in the first place, and in their digging I hope to plant evidence of another country’s involvement.

Hopefully with that in mind, it won’t matter too much that I didn’t get ahead and I can start right in tomorrow without any issues! How is everyone else doing? Has your novel hit any snags? What have you done about it?

How many words did you write today? 1672
How long did it take you to write them? An hour.
How many Facebook breaks did you take?  Five or six (or nine or ten).
How many characters have you killed off to date? None today.
How many NaNoWriMo Angels have you murdered? None today!
Have you stopped using contractions yet? Nope.
What was today’s reward for finishing word count? Reading. I’m currently reading “Crusade” by Linda Press Wulf and so far it’s been pretty fascinating.
Cups of Tea: None. I might go get one now…
How many pieces of chocolate were consumed? No chocolate, but I did have two sherbet powder things.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 28,438
Words to Goal: 21,562
Days Remaining: 13

As always, feel free to comment below with your own answers to this survey (or post it on your own blog!) 🙂

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3 Responses to “Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2013: Day Seventeen”

  1. Michelle Proulx April 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Question: how does one go about murdering a NaNoWriMo angel?

    • inkhearted April 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      In my opinion, you murder a NaNoWriMo angel by using the backspace key to get rid of a string of words/sentence. I’ve used the backspace key to reword something, which I don’t usually count unless it resulted in significantly fewer words. It was a “thing” they had going a few years ago in their pep talks–“If you use the backspace key, another NaNoWriMo angel dies!”

      • Michelle Proulx April 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

        That’s so tragic! I’m afraid I’ve killed several NaNo angels then. But then I write more words … so does that mean I’m creating more angels? AM I A NANO GOD???

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