NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update

We are four days into NaNoWriMo. Gosh, this month I seem to be so undisciplined when it comes to writing. I’ll write a lot one day, and just skip writing the next day. I’m also not calculating how many words I should be writing each day. Math and me just do not care for each other this month. However, I am keeping a short daily update journal. Since it’s the beginning of the fourth day, I have no updates for today, but I do for the past 3 days.

Day 1:
Prologue – 3,311 words
First Line – “The bells of Notre-Dame de Paris peeled through the early morning streets of Paris, loud enough to wake those sleeping silently in their graves.”

Day 2:
Chapter 1 – 0 words

Day 3:
Chapter 1 – 2,143

Total Word Count: 5,454

I’m 1/10 of the way done, but, as you can see, I wrote nothing Friday and wrote a lot Thursday and Saturday. I suppose it’s because I’m so busy this month.

An update in my life is that my house is still on the market. I mentioned a couple months ago that I was moving from Minnesota to Ohio. However, as it turns out, it’s not super easy to sell a house. Our house has been on the market since July (over three months) and it’s so stressful to constantly be cleaning the house and keeping it in perfect condition. And pretty much every weekend we have multiple showings where people come to see the house, which means we have to be out of the house. It’s so stressful and it cuts down on the time I can write, read, or blog. Today, for example, we have two house showings (each taking about two hours including prep time) and church in the morning (takes about two hours). So already seven hours of my day are gone. My point is, my writing is erratic probably because my time is limited right now.

Alright, my personal update is over.

As for my story, I’m working on describing things a lot of more. After reading several books this past month that spend time giving visual descriptions of scenes and characters, I’ve realized I lack in this in my own writing. Thus, I’m working on spending my time in each scene instead of rushing from one plot point to another.

I’m also studying French! And it’s going horribly. I try and I try to learn French, but it’s so difficult to pronounce the words. And the French seem to love to not pronounce half their letters in a word. It’s frustrating. But I’m going to stick with it.

I’m also currently learning Polish and Korean. Polish is fun, because I’m part Polish, and I’m finding the pronunciations to be easier than French. I found this website, called Duolingo, that is absolutely amazing for learning a language. It’s free as well. If any of you want to learn a new language, I highly recommend it!

Anyway, I’ll update in a few days. I really prefer doing updates less often because it gives me more time to spend writing.

How are you guys doing on your NaNoWriMos? Also, if you’re learning a second language, what resources do you use the most? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

20 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update

  1. All the best with your writing and also the house. I really hope it’ll be sold soon.

    I love the opening of your story. It’s already intriguing and makes me want to read on. I am learning French as well. I can now count 1-10 and say certain phrases. I’m also picking back up Japanese. All the best with your language learning. I also use Duolingo (haven’t been on it for months, though) and Memrise. YouTube has been a great help as well!

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    1. Thank you! I haven’t tried Memrise…I’ll have to check it out. And yes, YouTube is a huge help as well! French and Japanese are two good languages to study together, because they are so different. I tried learning French and Polish and they were so similar it was confusing! Good luck with learning your languages!

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  2. Good luck with the house and writing!

    Speaking of learning a new language, I like the audio materials that are fun, humorous, useful (related to daily life) and with clear explaination. They should be a Little bit challenging but not too difficult, like something I can understand about 80% of it. It won’t be stressful. I recommend the materials in the forms of audio and video.

    What I learn first is pronunciation( Like KK in American English). Search for some videos about pronunciation and watch them. Pay attention to the shape of mouth and position of tongue.

    Then some simple , short and fun dialogs with clear explanations by experts. Listening carefully first and then shadowing will help a lot.

    Perhaps some books especially for beginners and videos on Youtube will be helpful( Most of the learning videos I see are from Youtube). Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for your advice on languages! It’s definitely difficult to learn a language I know nothing about, especially in pronunciation. I find it really helpful to watch tv shows or movies in that language to help me with pronunciation.

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      1. Yes! I didn’t pay attention to pronunciation until one year ago and I found it really important.

        TV shows and movies are great learning materials, but I think they speak too fast for beginners and there’re no explanations. I recommend learning from experienced teachers in your country from the beginning ( but there must be a native speaker of the language who reads the materials) , because they know the pain points of pronunciation people from the same country may have.
        Then transfer to some slow and simple videos made by native speakers, especially for students.
        By the way, IPA may be helpful!
        I don’t know If it will help, but I benefit from the method. Slow is fast. Less is more. Go for it! Good luck!😊

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  3. Duolingo is pretty great. I, too, tried to brush up my French with it, but then I dropped the whole thing, because I had a better idea! You see, I thought back on how I learned English as a little girl, and the answer was video games! Yeah, I played tons of video games as a kid, and since almost all video games were in English, it rubbed off on me as a by-product!

    So, I figured, why couldn’t I do the same with French? I went and bought a game that I thought I’d like, made sure it was text-heavy, and had a French language option. Bam, game bought, bam the second, game installed! Alice la Malice, ready to learn!

    And then… uh… I just procrastinated like a champ. To this day, I’ve not got past the opening cinematic. 😀 Soo yeah, maybe just stick with Duolingo?

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    1. Lol. I remember learning a bit of Spanish with a video game as a child (I probably remember only a couple words now, though). I honestly find Duolingo to be a bit like a video game. Maybe that’s why I’m enjoying it.

      But I confess, I’ve done what you did before. I bought a massive language program for Korean and French and probably used it a couple times. Learning languages are just so hard!

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  4. My NaNoWriMo is going about as well as yours for now. I’m going to have weekly updates every Thursday, for those interested in the details.

    Good luck with the house. I would suggest the buried St. Joseph hack for selling/buying homes. Worked for us during the dullest doldroms of the real estate recession.

    And thanks for the DuoLingo recommendation. I’ve been meaning to learn Russian.

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    1. I look forward to reading your updates for NaNoWriMo! Good luck with your writing! I do have several St. Joseph statues outside. But burying it (especially upside down) is a superstitious belief which I tend to avoid. So probably won’t be doing that, but I definitely am praying a lot. And good luck with learning Russian! It’s such a difficult but beautiful language.

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  5. I’ve been using Duolingo for about 5 years now and I still love it. My NaNo is going about the same as yours as far as time goes (except I’m a little behind! Oops!)

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