NaNoWrimo Recap #2 - More Tips, Slumps, and Slow Writing

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday, NaNoWrimo Week 2 is over. (Which it was a while ago, oops) I survived the Week 2 Blues and didn't give up. *pats self on back* Today, I'm going to recap on how I did :)

But first.. 50,000 PAGEVIEWS! Thank you all, we're halfway to 100,000, that's INSANE to think about, wow.

Okay, let's recap!

How did I do this week?

Day 8: I wrote 2,009 words and came to 16,126! Achieved the 2,000 word goal :)

Day 9: I wrote 904 words and came to 17,030. This was horrible, I had soccer until 8 PM and managed to spew only 900 words out, which was bad. Note to self: write before soccer.

Day 10: I wrote 2,970 words and came to 20,000 words! *dances* I felt amazing after this, I got out all of those words and yay yay yay!

Day 11: I wrote 2,000 words on the spot and came to 22,000 words. Achieved the 2k word goal once more.

Day 12: I wrote 1,110 words and came to 23,110 words. Crappy day, once more, another soccer day I believe. 

Day 13: I wrote 1,890 words and came to 25,000 words. I didn't hit 2k quite, but I did MAKE HALFWAY. TWO DAYS EARLY. *dances and throws confetti*

Day 14: I wrote 1,004 words and came to 26,004. I know, I'm so bad. I had a sleepover that night though, so cut me some slack, maybe?

Day 15: I wrote 4,000 WORDS and came to 30,000. WOW, I REALLY CAUGHT UP. *pats self on back* This was amazing for me, and I am really proud of myself for this.

How's my novel coming along?

Ugh, remember when I said that I survived the Week 2 Blues? I said survived, but that doesn't mean I didn't go through it. 

My plot went crazy, I didn't know where it went. Too much happened, I needed to tone it down, it was turning into When D Strikes, not making sense at all.

On Saturday, I introduced a new character, Levi, and I LOVE HIM. He might be the one I kill off, but I have no clue yet. I might get my reader to love him and then I'll

not mine :)

My 3 old main characters are becoming dull, I need to give them some life. Someone needs to be kidnapped, wait already did that. Death? No, not yet. Let's see what I come up with ;)

What problems have I encountered?

Oh dear. Character development. Like I said before, my characters are becoming dull and I'm horrible at introducing characters. It's bad. Like really bad. 

Getting distracted. If my phone is in the same room as me, I will only produce 100 words in 15 minutes, I get distracted super easily. I usually turn off the internet on my computer so I can't access email or anything.

Mondays and Thursdays. I have soccer until 8 both of those days and it's extremely difficult for me to even get out 1000 words. I'll have to try to figure out a way around that.

What are my goals for this week of NaNo?

#1- Hit 40,000 words. I'm a bit behind because of Monday, but I'm going to start writing soon after this. 

#2- Just write. Sometimes I look back and I get into a writing slump because I hate what I've written. I need to learn to just write, write, write. 

That's really all the goals that I have, my goals this week are the same as last week.

What are some tips for my fellow Wrimos?

1) Cover up your word count. This is huge for me because I find myself looking at my word count a lot which slows me down. I cover it up with a small piece of paper or something, or just hide it period, and that helps me a lot. 

2) Look at the forums for prompts. This is something that has helped me a lot. I find a nice prompt and write like 900 words with it, which is a lot for me. I also love Word Crawls, they're super fun and really motivate me to write. I don't know if the forums are available after NaNo, but if you want to write a lot, do a word crawl. 

3) Write in sections. I made the mistake of trying to write all at once and I didn't feel motivated. Now I write in 5/10/15/20 sprints, and take a break during each one. Word crawls are helpful because they enforce this as well. 

That's my week recap! The week went fairly well, I wrote a lot on Sunday, which again, very proud. I used the fragment method, every other hour I would write 1k words, and it worked! I advise that if you have a lot of time on your hands!

Hope you enjoyed, and good luck to my fellow Wrimos, keep up the work, even if you're a bit behind!

I'm going to watch Mockingjay Part 2 today!! I'll do a movie review on Friday, because I'm so so excited! Wait until Friday and you can hear all about it ;) (No spoilers, promise)

Thanks for reading,


  1. Wow, sounds like you're doing really well! Congrats! Oh my goodness, you're seeing it?? That's so amazing! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

  2. woah, your progress sounds awesome!! keep it up :D and have fun at the movie hehe

    p.s. the star lord/chris pratt gif killed me. he's the cutest.

  3. Haha how to give life to your character cracked me up! I am still laughing in my head. And wow 50,000 page views! Niceeee! 40,000 words... Seems like so many, how many is the average book?


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