Officially at the midway point of NaNoWriMo 2021! This week was tough, not going to lie. The first week started off great. I’d already been bouncing around several scenes in my head so I wrote the first two chapters and the first half of the third chapter quickly. Things started to slow down a bit towards the end of the week but overall I felt like the pace was good. That has not been the case this week. Most of what I wrote this week were scenes that I never thought about before which slows down my writing considerably. Usually I think through what I want to happen for a day or two in my head, play out a couple different scenes and jot down things that come to mind. Then I actually start writing it all once I have a solid idea. That’s not really an option when you need to be writing 1,667 words a day. Last week it took me less than two hours to hit my daily word count. This week it was more like three to four hours.

Even with all the struggles of writing this week I’m still really happy with how the book is coming along. I think next week will go a little bit smoother. Similar to the first week, there are two scenes that I’ve already thought about that are going to take place in the next few chapters. Both of them are scenes I’ve literally been thinking about for the past six months so I’m really excited to finally be flushing them out. I suspect the last week of November is going to be the toughest. I’m not sure where I’ll be in the story at that point. I’m pretty sure the rough outline I did just says, “stuff happens here, hopefully interesting stuff” for that part, lol.

I am very much looking forward to taking a break and regrouping the first week of December. I have no doubt I’m going to need it. I also still need to come up with a name for Book Two which will probably be what I work on that week while I’m taking a break from writing. I’ve tried to come up with a few names but so far nothing is coming to me. Maybe once I get to the midway point of the story I’ll have some more ideas. Or my brain is just going to be a pile of goop after NaNoWriMo.