NaNoWriMo 2016

Today I’m paying tribute to those people doing NaNoWriMo, those who are hitting their milestones and are actually on track to get to 50,000 words by the 30th November. I started well but have been waylaid by little things.

We were away on day 1 but I didn’t let that stop me. The OH went out for a walk leaving me communing with my iPad and my keyboard. Problem number one. It’s a bluetooth keyboard and I’d accidentally left it on totally running down the battery. I still managed 600 odd words using the onscreen keyboard before the OH came back with some batteries. I did a few more words with the bluetooth keyboard and finished the day quite happy in the knowledge that I’d started.

I managed to write every couple of days, sometimes only a couple of hundred words and sometime as much as 1,300 words.

I’ve been waylaid by several things. The biggest is that I’m writing the first draft of the history of my synagogue and all my research is tucked away on videos. I have a lovely person transcribing them for me so I’m writing what I can now and will expand the stories and timeline later on.

Uni is one of those little things. I have six books to read for one subject, one of those is Twilight and my teacher has already recommended we read it with some alcohol or chocolate after each chapter. Then there are multiple critical readings which I have to read closely. I’m just ignoring the classes as some of them have rather interesting times, Children’s Lit has six classes, but they’re not six consecutive weeks but two days a week, then a two week break then another two days and the class length is 3.5 hours. I’m wiped this week.

My current total is 7,691. I’m going to make it to 10,000 but I may not make it much further. I’m going to be content with whatever I get as at least it’s started and I’m finding the starting is the hard part. I’m leaving you with some advice one of my interviewees gave me, I don’t have the exact words but it was something along the lines of ‘when you’ve written your first draft you’ll know what you still need to research’. He’s absolutely right.