NaNoWriMo 2021 : Week 3

How is NaNoWriMo going for you this year ? Do you belong to the elite who has already finished the challenge ? No ? Me neither haha.

This week has been tough, to be honest. I had a blood sample on Monday morning, which made me a bit tired, and then on Thursday I went to Paris to get a tattoo. Or should I say, to get 3 tattoos. Yep. There was a Korean artist who was visiting France just for a few days, her style is amazing and so I thought “well, it’s now or never”. I’ve been waiting for years to get my first tattoo, as I was worried about my skin (I have eczema), the pain and of course, money. But I had finally decided that the next time I would go to South Korea, I would get a tattoo. So, seeing a Korean tattoist coming to Paris, it was like it was just meant to be, you know.

So I did that. I was dead to the world the next day haha. Even now, days later, I still feel tired. But I’m so happy about it, they are beautiful. And it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.

But back to NaNoWriMo. I wanted to write around 1667 words per day in order to reach the 50k words goal, and let’s be honest, I’m late. But not as late as I could have been. Honestly after getting the tattoos I only wanted to sleep and eat until the end of November, but I’m trying to keep doing my best while resting a bit.

Here are the numbers as of Monday.

I still managed to reach 30k words, yay ! I’m so proud of this achievement.

Until now, the best I have done while writing ‘seriously’ (= the fics I worte as a teenager don’t count + I started taking myself seriously as a writer this year) was to write around 35k words in 2 months. And I’ve done better than that already ! Which is why I’m already so happy hehe.

NaNoWriMo also helped me to identify precisely which project I was struggling with the most. I think we can all agree that my 2nd project doesn’t get much love from me haha. I thought I would be great at short stories but in the end… nope. I like to plot, and I like to plot big things it seems, or not at all (=poetry, project 1).

So I’m looking forward to see what Week 4 will mean for me and my different projects. No matter what, I feel like this is a great way to end the year on a satisfying note, so I will keep doing what I can.

What about you ? How is it going ? πŸ™‚ Are you happy with what you’ve done so far ?

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Marie.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2021 : Week 3

  1. It really seemed that destiny was aligned for your tattoos πŸ™‚ Is your skin ok after the tattoos despite the eczema?

    There’s not elite in Nano, I mean, writing a lot does not mean you’re part of an elite haha ^^ Honestly I feel like I bought a big car to prove something and that’s why I write a lot (there are other reasons of course, like, having no job and so a lot of time on my hands! And no kids, no partner! No big responsibility in my life! But really, quantity is just a data :))

    Also I believe that if you write, you’re a writer and the things you wrote when you were younger does count. It gave you experience. And now you can say you’re a writer with more awareness/skills/other things but it does not erase that you were always a writer at heart πŸ™‚ (and I recommend you to subscribe to CΓ©cile Duquenne newsletter, she gives a lot of warm and smart advices/pep talks and it was from her that I learned that ‘if you write: you’re a writer’) ^^

    And to answer your questions: I’m very happy of what I’ve done, going from introspection to writing bit of my novel and plotting slowly but steadily. I learned that I’m slow in organizing plot and I learned to be ok with that πŸ™‚

    Congrats for your poetry project, you are really active in it!

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    1. Yes, it was clearly destiny haha ! And they are healing fine, thank you πŸ™‚ ! I chose places of my body where I had never had eczema there, and there’s no problem for now so I’m happy ~

      Haha I know, I even hesitated to say it like that, but it was more like a joke, don’t worry. I know everyone just has their own rhythm and way of working around writing πŸ˜‰ numbers are just numbers. And it’s true, it also depends on how we’re busy. I could focus on NaNo because I had less freelance work this month :’)

      I totally agree with you, if you write you’re a writer. I know this now, even if teenage me didn’t know haha. And I don’t want to erase what I’ve done as a teenager, it’s just that… Oh, I can’t even read it, I cringe so hard haha. Also I never kept track of my writing back then, so I honestly have no idea what was my rhythm back then. In my memories I wrote a lot, but maybe it wasn’t that much. Also it didn’t last long, so.

      It’s great that you know yourself better now and you can just go with your own flow πŸ™‚ I’m happy to read that. I hope your ploting goes well ~

      And thank you ! I try to haha ~

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