The third week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. By the end of this week, writers should have reached a word count of 33340 words. That is assuming that they have stayed on track the entire time. Some writers may be ahead, others behind, and then there are those who will be perfectly on track. Now that we are past the halfway point, the finish line is starting the steadily creep up. That means that the second round of writing panic may hit as well. This is also when the project is starting to look better as the chapters build up. Speaking of the project, it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 3 update.
NaNoWriMo 2021 week 3 update
I hate to admit that I forgot to write this day, but that is the truth. I was distracted by other stuff, mainly playing video games and when it came time to go to bed, I realized I hadn’t done any writing yet. Instead of staying up late, I decided to call it a day and get back on track tomorrow.
After the disappointment of not touching my project at all yesterday, I was determined to get writing done today. Though it took me a bit of time to get going, the words flowed smoothly and before long I had written 2252 words. Most of this was outlining, which is a necessary part of my creative process.
It happened again. I didn’t write at all this day.
This first half of this day was semi-busy. There were other things to focus on for the first half of the day. Being that those tasks were time-sensitive, I had to put my writing off until the afternoon. However, it worked out in the end, because once I sat down to write the words flowed like a waterfall, and in about 3 hours I wrote 4908 words.
This was an interesting day. I was feeling overwhelmed and mentally off the entire day. And while that may have been a good excuse to not write, I have often found that I have my most prolific writing days when I am dealing with my mental health. While I don’t know what triggered this onslaught of emotions, I do know that it can be excellent writing fuel, as I can spill my emotions out onto the page, In the end, I wrote 7134 words. Many times, these emotional writing days tend to be some of my best writing, but it can also backfire and be some of my worst. I will find out for sure when I go back to edit this section in the future.
I woke up late and wasn’t too keen to do anything. Writing could wait until I felt like it – which can be a slippery slow if you aren’t careful, leading to nothing getting done. Then around noon, I started to get the itch to write again. I got busy outlining a couple of different ways to tackle a chapter, along with creating another rough character sheet for a new character that would be introduced soon. Though I am still uncertain of which route I want to take with that particular chapter, I did write 4213 words.
On top of this, I spent a solid 6 hours working on the blog. Most of this was drafting future posts along with editing the necessary photos for those posts. So, needless to say, it was a solid day of writing and productivity.
I got back into the full flow of writing this day. Instead of outlining and creating research notes, I focused on writing some early chapters in the story. It was nice to switch things up a bit and focus on creating a fleshed-out product instead of the skeleton of it. Though I know some editing will be needed later, I am quite happy with what I got done. On this day, I wrote 4089 words.
This was another blog heavy day, while I continued to draft future posts.
This brings my total word count up to 47545. This week certainly had its ups and downs with writing, but overall, I am pleased with my progress. Though most of my writing so far this month has been dedicated to outlining, this week, I finally started to seriously write chapters which is a big step in bringing this book to life. Admittedly, there is plenty more to outline, mostly the later half of the book but it’s nice to switch focus and actually write some of the beginning of the book now.
I hope you enjoyed my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 3 update. What have you been writing this month?