New Habits: NaNoWriMo Days 20-24

NaNoWriMo, November 2020, DAY 20 – 2137 words

Dear Diary,

Today BlackLion and I ran our second Writing Sprints Session on Discord with a couple of my book coaching clients.

It was fun introducing them to the power of sprints!

I also got a lot of words written today. That felt good.

DAY 21 – 1391 words

Dear Diary,

Brent and I did some sprints this evening. It went well.

I got caught up to par, in terms of staying on track to make my 50K words by the end of the month.

I’m still kind of making up the story as I go along, which is very different from having target plot points to aim for, but I feel pretty good about it.

DAY 22 – 1786 words

Dear Diary,

Today we made a delicious Indian food feast. It’s one of our family’s favorite types of food. BlackLion made his homemade naan. We also made nav rattan korma (mixed vegetable curry), chana masala (chick peas & tomatoes), and a recipe we hadn’t tried before, palak aloo (with spinach and potatoes). It was all so yummy!

After dinner, on very full tummies, we did some writing sprints. It feels like this is becoming an evening habit.

I say this every November, but perhaps I’ll incorporate more fiction writing into the other months. We’ll see if it actually happens or not!

I write non-fiction all year round. But for the most part, I’ve done the bulk of my long-form fiction writing during November, each year for the past seven (holy cow!). But I’d like to make it a more regular thing during the other months.

DAY 23 – 1270 words

Dear Diary,

We did a short session of sprints before dinner, as BlackLion had an online gaming session this evening.

It felt good to get it done early, although I didn’t get as many words as usual before Quester announced that dinner was ready.

This evening I did a bunch of reading, from four different books. I picked up one that I’d read part of and then abandoned. I really enjoyed it!

I hadn’t read a writing craft book for a while. This one is DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community by Gabriela Pereira. I recommend it for anyone who wants to write fiction.

DAY 24 – 1330 words

Dear Diary,

Once again we wrote a little earlier in the day, this time as part of the co-writing session I hosted for my clients on The Sacred Path.

I made it to the word count for the day to stay on track, which means I have less than 10K words to go, in about a week! This is do-able.

Though I’m not sure if the book draft itself will be finished. I still have the book’s climax to write, and then a lot of loose ends to tie up. Plus, I don’t yet know the ending. Ah, pantsing…

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