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Week 1 NaNoWriMo wrap-up: Not shabby.

I don’t want to spend too much time here, because blogging takes time away from that old novel that I need to slog away at, but let’s just say that Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has not been too shabby so far.

I plan to do most of my writing during the week, as my weekends are too busy. But in the 3 week days we’ve had, I’ve averaged a little over 1200 words a day. My total thus far this week has been 3630 words in 3 days. And since I’d started working this project before the November, I’m probably up to about 11,600 words in total on the novel so far.

I’m happy because I’ve been way behind on getting my third book out, and this is good progress. Yoooooge. <winks>

What has helped tremendously was to have a really good outline, and to have been mulling over the beats of this project in my head literally for years before picking it up again. It’s working out in my favor, and helping me write quickly. It may not be for everyone, but it works for me. And my improv training has been helpful, getting me to sit down in front of my screen every morning and just see where my story goes, without overthinking.

This week I was writing about how the main character’s family is celebrating Girls Day, a tradition in Japan. Thank you to my Japanese-speaking friends who’ve been kindly answering questions for me as I delve into this project. You’re a life saver.

And one of the more interesting things that also came up while writing this week was about video games and sexism. My main character is a female gamer, and runs into a scene where boys are playing a violent sexist video game, and how uncomfortable she feels in that circumstance. I did some research about games like this and came up with the followings links, both of which bummed me out:

• Sexist Games like Grand-Theft Auto Trigger a Lack of Empathy in Young Men, Study Shows.

Ugh.
And,

• Grand Theft Auto V Designed Deliberately to Degrade Women

Sigh.

Anyway, when I got to the part of the story where my main character is processing her rage at sexism in video games, and at sexism all around in her in life, the words flowed. I guess I was processing my own rage too. Rage just so happens to be great for my word count.

And now I need a woman-rage-smashy gif. Smashy, smashy, smashy. I feel better now.

And here’s a funny writing snafu for ya:

I was trying to write that the main character’s dad was eating with the adults, but somehow it came out that that he was eating the adults. Good times, Autocorrect. Good times. I mean, this book does have zombies in it, but they’re supposed to come in later. DOH.

It’s been a good week for writing though, and I can’t wait to see what week 2 brings

I hope the rest of my NaNoWriMo peeps are having success too. I’m cheering for ya!

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