NEW WORDS WRITTEN: 0
NEW TOTAL WORD COUNT: 6261
CURRENT MENTAL STATE
There’s nothing quite as frustrating for a writer as waking up feeling like this…
But you end your day like . . .
That was pretty much my experience. While much like yesterday, this was a day in which I did some GREAT brainstorming, there’s just something so disheartening about seeing that little number on your NaNo stats bar stay the same for a prolonged period of time. I know there’s still plenty of time for that little guy to soar, but sometimes you just find yourself wishing the story would just fall out of your head and onto the page without you needing to do a dang archeological dig through your consciousness, just to find a tiny piece of what you’re looking for.
As for this being my first day doing WRITE SPACE, I decided to keep it a little close to home and went to accomplish my brainstorming-not-quite-writing in the 12th Floor Lounge of the building I live in, which has the most KILLER view of Philadelphia. We’re talking, sweeping, epic view here . . .
It was certainly a good place to go to get me thinking big picture, which is really what most of my brainstorming was about. I came up with some really good pieces of backstory for some of my newer characters, which has been super exciting given that some of the characters in this story are pretty old and familiar to me by now. It’s really been such a remarkable experience already to finally sit down and try to tell a story that’s been in my head and my heart since I was 13, and I can see in the words I’ve written so far that the story isn’t the only thing that’s grown up – I certainly have too.
PROJECT WRITE SPACE
TODAY’S TIME & SPACE
9:50pm, 12th Floor Lounge of my apartment building
2 thoughts on “Camp NaNo: Day 8”
Did you write down anything during the brainstorming, any of the characters’ backstories or the like? I’ve always felt that once NaNo starts, any writing I do (not outlining or short notes, but if perhaps you wrote out the backstory so you’d remember it) counts, even if it wasn’t intended for the actual story. Just a thought.
Hmm, can you believe in all my years of doing this it never occurred to me to use backstories towards my word count. #MindBlown 😀 Thanks for the pointer. That’ll surely help next brainstorming sesh.
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