NaNoWriMo 2021: Week Two Update

Hello Writer Bees!

Can I just start off by saying I have the best readers in the world? Last week, I had a rough start to National Novel Writing Month. I felt overwhelmed and stressed and sad. But you wonderful people charged in! I received such lovely, supportive words from you all. Thank you all for cheering me on and lifting out of bad days. The writing community is truly amazing! I’m lucky to be a part of it.

Week two of NaNoWriMo was better than week one. I actually want to work on my WIP. That little glimmer of motivation has reappeared. The ball is starting to roll. Thank goodness for that. Editing hasn’t been a total bloodbath yet. Though, I am tackling a section of the story that needs a lot of work, editing wise. I actually had that moment every writer has, when they look at something they’ve written and say to themselves “All of its garbage. It’s a mess. How can I fix this?” But I’m chipping away at that part and the whole plot.

Also, this week, I’ve focused on extenuating the characters and their characteristics. Like instead of saying one character is ‘a jittery fellow’ or ‘an ice queen’, I’m letting their body language and their actions showcase those traits. Polishing up those descriptions is pretty fun, actually. In my opinion, it makes the cast of suspects feel more realistic. Those kinds of details bring characters to life.

Oh! And I’ve mentioned before about writing during my lunch break at the office. This week, I tried a writing sprint during my break, a half hour of writing whatever came to mind. No editing. Just off the cuff. I wrote like 300ish words of mostly dialogue. I call that progress. I haven’t done a writing sprint like that in forever, and I may try it again. It really helped get out of writer’s block and get those creative juices flowing.


How’s your NaNoWriMo adventure going? Talk to me in the comments. As always, I love to hear from you writer bees.

Stay safe and stay creative.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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12 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2021: Week Two Update

  1. Glad week two was better.for you! I thought I would be a rebel too and work on my WIP but decided to start a new story. I’m almost 17,000 words into it now. Behind. But I am taking weekends off to spend with my honey. I also took Veteran’s Day off. I may not make the big goal, but every word is a win! Blessing on your writing!

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  2. I’m so glad it’s going well for you! My story has taken some twists and turns for my characters and their personality that not even I had planned and was surprised while writing. I’ve been a bit sick this week so fell a bit behind on what I had planned to do so now that I’m feeling a bit better I hope to catch up to where I wanted to be.

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  3. Awesome! I’m glad you had a better week, and I hope your story turns out just the way you want 🙂 I struggle a little with incorporating expressions and body language in my characters, to convey their thoughts/personalities, but I’ve been trying to be mindful of that in my WIP.
    For me, week two of NaNoWriMo had some ups and downs, but I managed to get back on track yesterday! So, all in all, it’s going pretty well 😀

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  4. Woooooo! It’s really great that you’re doing this. I hope each week gets even better than the last. Do you write these stories down on paper or straight into the computer? Did you use outlines at all?

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and your question. I write on my computer, though my desk is covered in sticky notes of story ideas or random sentences. And yes, for the most part, I use an outline. It’s an outline that is constantly evolving as I write but I do have a basic skeleton of the plot. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  5. Oh yes I just got done with a similar slog in my manuscript. I had to trim down two chapters into one, and re-order many of the scenes, but I wanted to keep everything and was afraid to mess up the flow. I think I did alright though. It is a really good feeling when you get through a spot like that and can just start writing again though!

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