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NaNo Progress Report – Week 1

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One week down, three and a bit to go!

I hadn’t realized just how out of the habit of writing nightly I’d gotten. I mean, I did because I was watching tv and chatting with friends online, using facebook and twitter… basically doing everything a writer shouldn’t do if they want to be productive. And I haven’t been all that productive this past year. Oh, I’ve been working on three different sequels, but it’s taking me forever and a day to get through them even though they’re all planned out and the writing goes well when I sit down… I just need to sit my ass down and write.

Aside from that rather painful realization, it was a decent week! Out of seven days, I only missed two and one of those was because I had a paying writing gig! (that was very exciting) My word count stands at 17,118 which is pretty good, in my not so humble opinion! When I wrote up the outline for this one, I figured that it was going to be a long one. Given that I’m only just in the middle of chapter two and at nearly 20k words, that’s a definite.

A surprising thing I’m finding with writing fantasy is that it’s coming along a lot slower than I thought it would. Working in a pure fantasy world is actually more difficult. Partly because I have to create things from scratch as I go along; things it didn’t occur to me that I’d need when I fleshed out the world building. Like a military org chart. And curse words. And what the city looks like. And animals. It’s… oddly draining. I didn’t expect that at all. But also because it’s stretching writer muscles I haven’t used since I was a teenager, back in the Stone Age. I thought it would be akin to writing my urban fantasy genre but it sooo isn’t.

(I also may have created a new writing thing that’s kind of a prologue but can’t be since it’s 17 pages long but it’s not a chapter because it takes place before the story begins and yet it’s pretty essential as it stands…)

So yeah! Things are going well and I’m starting Week 2 tired but determined to keep going. I want to hit 75k by the end of the month and if I force myself to sit and do the work, I’m positive that I can do it.

I hope everyone else who’s doing NaNo this year is having just as good of an experience as I am. Keep it going! You can do it!

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.

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