NaNoWriMo 2020 – Day 7

Starting word count: 38638
Ending word count: 40203
Total words: 1565


WHEN I TELL YOU THAT I LOST MY MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is still so much work to do — one look at the way that white folks voted in the election is more than enough to see just how much work there is to do — but I am taking today to let myself feel happy and to thank the BIPOC organisers and activists and voters who made this happen. I honour them and their work, and I’m so grateful and full of love.

portrait orientation picture of a back garden. Along the background, there's a white fence and a tall oak tree -- the leaves are turning yellow and you can see the sun shining through. The grass in the middle ground and foreground are covered in leaves and, in the immediate foreground, there's a blue, green, and white checked blanket with a laptop resting on top.
between the election and the sun, I couldn’t have asked for a better day

I celebrated the win today by sitting out in the garden and sending queries for the travel novel (whoot whoot) and writing a few words for the gym rivals novel.

In truth, I didn’t get that much writing done outside (I was too busy dancing to Little Mix and basking in the joy on my timeline), but it was nice to sit outside all the same. I didn’t even get that much done when I came back inside — I clearly didn’t hit my 2,000 word goal today.

Honestly, I’m okay with that. I spent more time with the family today and gave myself time to work on some other things. Even in NaNo, that’s okay (I’m reminding myself of that haha).

I’m getting into the middle of the story now, and I can feel myself starting to get nervous about what’s to come. Everyone who has ever written knows how hard the middle of the story can be, but I feel like every time I’m newly terrified. I’m doing what I can to keep the nerves at bay — I think it’s going to help that, for the first time, I’ve got a whole outline for this story. Is it a detailed outline, no, but it’s more than I’ve usually got.

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2 responses to “NaNoWriMo 2020 – Day 7”

  1. I’m so impressed by how consistent you’ve been! I need to get on your level. Things with the election have caused me to have a very anxious pit in my stomach and it was difficult to focus and write for a few days. I’m feeling better and more focused, so now I think I’m going to make my goal 2k a day! I’m loving these daily posts!

    • Ahh thank you, I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I’m finding them really helpful, even if I’m just slamming my fists against the keyboard like yesterday hahaha

      The election stress was REALLY getting to me, too, so I totally understand. I had to force myself to sit down because it was all I could do to get myself away from my phone for a while. Don’t feel down on yourself, though (I know, easier said than done!) — you showed up as best you could every day, and that’s all anyone can ask of themselves. I’m glad that you’re feeling better now and that you feel like your focus is back!! Sending extra creative vibes x

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