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Good progress today, making up for last week’s shortfall. Making bullet point outlines of character/plot has been useful in figuring out some pacing/plot arc issues and giving me things to write that I hadn’t even realized I needed. I’ll need to do a massive reverse outline come December, though. Stitching the various plots and subplots together will take some work and much rewriting. — Project: Black Mirror New words written: 2,044

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The last few days haven’t been the most productive ones. If I were to go by the official NaNoWriMo stats, my current estimated finish date is December 4th and I just won’t accept that. There are weekends, holidays, and writing sprints between now and then. Anything can happen. I stick to the time zone deadline pretty strictly, so I logged my numbers but kept writing and added another thousand words before bed.

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Not a great day all around and I was feeling pretty crummy about it, but as a wise man reminded me, 300 words is still 300 words closer to where I need to be.

Project: Black Mirror

New words written: 300

Reason for stopping: Hit a wall

Back on the saddle today. It’s the beginning of a long weekend and I intend to mine some words.

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Winter, as they say, is coming and appropriately enough, I celebrated it with a London Fog Latte (Earl Grey tea, a shot of vanilla, and steamed milk). Not my best work here, but I laid out the bones of what needs to be done. A hot mess of potential awesome might be the best way to describe it all. I started organizing my notes for a post-Nano reverse outline. In keeping with the spirit of Nano, no words will be deleted no matter how much my inner editor cringes.

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Not everyone realizes that Nanowrimo, and being a writer in general, is a marathon, not a sprint. As such, I’ve given myself permission for a skip day, should I need one. I haven’t needed to call a mulligan yet but today was damn close. I went to the local coffee shop early this morning and added a third of my words. Head down and hauling ass on the day job (optimizing database queries, woo!

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Doing nano during the week is the most challenging for me. I work a lot, which means I need to be even more disciplined with my time. Thanks to some work issues, I didn’t even start to think about writing until close to 7PM and I really didn’t think I was going to make it. Also, I had a bad case of the don’t wanna’s. So, I gave myself an hour break and played XBox before I got to writing.

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Not as much writing as I’d like today, mostly my own fault. When I actually sit down to write, I can knock out the words but today I procrastinated and was easily distracted. Still, I managed to hit parity with the Nano model of 1,667 words/day. — Project: Black Mirror New words written: 1,975 Reason for stopping: Midnight — Almost a week in to this draft, I still feel pretty good about it.

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A mostly solid day of writing. Andrea and I went out to the coffee shop for a morning session. I struggled with the words. Came home and napped. Woke and procrastinated until the late evening and then…something broke open. Next thing I knew, I was over 2,000 words and it was almost midnight. I’m not saying they’re great words. Hell, some of them ain’t even good words. They’re my words, though, and I’m keeping them.

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The bad news is I am now fluent in Fluish, having spent a good chunk of the day sleeping away the sickness. When I did bother to wake up and shake off the cobwebs, I grabbed 10 books off the shelf and started making notes. A few favorites, a few classics, a few modern contemporaries, SF and F. I looked at point of view and how each was structured. The results were interesting.

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I haven’t managed to get back to my usual morning schedule of writing yet. Dayjobbery filled most of the day, until I realized that the stack of tissues piling up beside me and the general malaise that I felt was part of a deeper issue. I’m not sure if it’s some weird combination of a head cold, flu, a fibro flare, or accidental glutening but I spent a chunk of the afternoon in bed and the first few hours of the evening just trying to focus.

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