NaNoWriMo 2018 Update: Day 8

We are a little over a week into NaNo. My writing has been going…okay. It isn’t as good as previous NaNoWriMo’s have been, but it also isn’t horrible. I’m behind, but not too far behind. Here are my daily updates since Day 3.

Day 4:
Chapter 2 – 0 words

Day 5:
Chapter 2 – 1,417
Chapter 3 – 1,134 (total 2,551)

Day 6:
Chapter 3 – 646

Day 7:
Chapter 3-4 – 2,056

Total Word Count: 10,707

As you can probably tell, my writing is still inconstant. I’ll write a lot one day, and write barely anything the next.

But as for my story, it’s going pretty well. I’ve worked out a lot of the major plot points I needed to know before getting to the middle of the story, though I’m still not sure how it’s going to end. Also, I’m keeping the ghosts ambiguous. There is always the question in the book of whether the ghosts are real or not. But it’s definitely turning into more of a mystery instead of a horror. Ah, well, I suppose mysteries are my favorite genre to read, so it would make sense I would write this book as a mystery

Now that I have already completed NaNoWriMo, I feel as if I want to focus more on a good quality first draft instead of rushing through it like I did for my last two NaNoWriMo’s. Thus, I’m less concerned about completing the 50,000 word goal and instead on crafting a mostly good story. I probably shouldn’t be predicting it this soon, but I think I probably won’t complete the word count but will get a lot of writing done this month.

Also, I’m giving up on studying French, at least for now, and focusing on just Polish and Korean. I find it’s good to start off slow with languages, and maybe in six months I’ll add French in again. And maybe Chinese, which is also on the top of my list of languages to learn!

I’m also trying to read more this month, so expect a lot of book reviews coming your way. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to writing!

How is the month going for you guys, whether with NaNo or with your reading? It snowed for the first time this week here in Minnesota, but what is the weather like where you are? 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

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2018 Update: Day 8

  1. I agree with you! Quality is more important. I think the most important meaning of this event is to kick off:)
    So it doesn’t really matter what the final number of the words.

    I’m reading a book named Return To The Wolves. It is a true story of how a Chinese painter called Li Weiyi saved a baby wolf, kept him and then helped him return to his group. Really touching. I’m gonna check out the documentary after finishing the book.

    Good luck with your writing and language learning! More power to you!

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    1. Thank you! That book sounds so interesting! I love stories about people bonding with animals. And yes, I find so often writers during NaNoWriMo fixate on the word count instead of focusing on the writing itself.

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  2. The past week’s been damp here. Air humidity is topped off; every time I go out, a fine pearly dew instantly forms on my coat. Worst kind of weather for me, but sort of useful for research purposes, since my current work features just such a climate.

    Don’t worry about inconsistent word counts, the total is what matters. 😀 And it looks like you’ve been doing a good job. Also, yay for ambiguous ghosts, Alice is all for them!

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  3. I actually have my windows open today (in NC). Our weather couldn’t be more different, but I’m right there with you as far as NaNoWriMo goes – I’d rather have a quality first draft than a quick and sloppy 50,000 I’d have to edit like crazy later.

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