We are four days into NaNoWriMo. Gosh, this month I seem to be so undisciplined when it comes to writing. I’ll write a lot one day, and just skip writing the next day. I’m also not calculating how many words I should be writing each day. Math and me just do not care for each other this month. However, I am keeping a short daily update journal. Since it’s the beginning of the fourth day, I have no updates for today, but I do for the past 3 days.
Prologue – 3,311 words
First Line – “The bells of Notre-Dame de Paris peeled through the early morning streets of Paris, loud enough to wake those sleeping silently in their graves.”
Chapter 1 – 0 words
Chapter 1 – 2,143
Total Word Count: 5,454
I’m 1/10 of the way done, but, as you can see, I wrote nothing Friday and wrote a lot Thursday and Saturday. I suppose it’s because I’m so busy this month.
An update in my life is that my house is still on the market. I mentioned a couple months ago that I was moving from Minnesota to Ohio. However, as it turns out, it’s not super easy to sell a house. Our house has been on the market since July (over three months) and it’s so stressful to constantly be cleaning the house and keeping it in perfect condition. And pretty much every weekend we have multiple showings where people come to see the house, which means we have to be out of the house. It’s so stressful and it cuts down on the time I can write, read, or blog. Today, for example, we have two house showings (each taking about two hours including prep time) and church in the morning (takes about two hours). So already seven hours of my day are gone. My point is, my writing is erratic probably because my time is limited right now.
Alright, my personal update is over.
As for my story, I’m working on describing things a lot of more. After reading several books this past month that spend time giving visual descriptions of scenes and characters, I’ve realized I lack in this in my own writing. Thus, I’m working on spending my time in each scene instead of rushing from one plot point to another.
I’m also studying French! And it’s going horribly. I try and I try to learn French, but it’s so difficult to pronounce the words. And the French seem to love to not pronounce half their letters in a word. It’s frustrating. But I’m going to stick with it.
I’m also currently learning Polish and Korean. Polish is fun, because I’m part Polish, and I’m finding the pronunciations to be easier than French. I found this website, called Duolingo, that is absolutely amazing for learning a language. It’s free as well. If any of you want to learn a new language, I highly recommend it!
Anyway, I’ll update in a few days. I really prefer doing updates less often because it gives me more time to spend writing.
How are you guys doing on your NaNoWriMos? Also, if you’re learning a second language, what resources do you use the most? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,