Writing a Novel in 30 Days (Filmed Every Day in Nov 2014)


Hello, YouTube!
It is the first day of NaNoWriMo. And, as usual, I have a headache because of
our Halloween party last night. But I took a shower, to try to, like,
get it out of my system. And I’ve not started writing yet. But I’m gonna. Okay, I am doing a lot better today. I’m off to a really good start. It kinda feels like everybody’s off to a really good start. You might be wondering why I’m still wearing the same clothes I was wearing yesterday. I-I got nothing except for the fact that I’ve already hit 7,500 words and am well on my way to 10k by day 3. Also, being three days into NaNoWriMo, I finally watched some tutorials to learn how to use all the cool features that Scrivener has to offer. I’m on a roll this year! I have consistently stayed about twice as far
as we need to be into our novels. Which is awesome. I even showered today! Umm, it’s day 5, and I don’t even know what’s going on. We had a mega all-day writing day. And we started it by buying matching sweatpants
which are great. And it really helped. And then we just wrote all day! I wrote, uh, 5,641 words
and hit 20,000 words on day 5! And they wrote even more than me! So today was a little bit harder to get motivated without my writing buddies here-I miss them. But I still managed to write over 3,000 words And I think I’m probably gonna hit halfway tomorrow… on day 7. It is day 7 and I hit 25,000 words today; I got halfway actually. Which is super exciting. J: After a WEEK I know J: It’s been a WEEK I know. But you know what,
that’s not the important thing today. The important thing is that I saw BIG HERO 6! J: Aw, it was so good! It was so good, I love it! I love it so much! I got a little distracted with the new Smashbrother’s game. But I still wrote a bunch of words and I’m now 16,000 words ahead of schedule. How’s it going down there? J: Good, how are you, Sweetie? Good. I’m doing my thing. Oh, Smashbrothers? J: Yeah, Smashbrothers! Who’s winning? You’re not even playing. Today was a really tough writing day. I finally hit my slump on day 9. It was crazy. It was a crazy streak I had going there for a while, where every day was just super easy. But today was tough; I only wrote about 1,200 words. I think I finally got myself out of my little 30,000 slump by just diving into this really exciting jousting scene. And even though I don’t know that much about jousting that’s what research is for later, and editing. And I’m feeling better. I’m feeling good now, about my story. That’s not my story at all, that’s Facebook! Hey. Joe. How’s my novel going? J: Really good? Yeah? J: Yeah. How many words did I write today? J: Like, 6,000? No. J: 50,000? No… *Laughs* J: 2,000? 3,000. J: 3,000?! Yeah. I just figured that
people were sick of looking at me. So I thought you’d do my video today. J: 3,000 words! Yeah! J: Hey Kristina, why are you sad? Warlords of Draenor comes out tonight at midnight. J: What? The new WoW expansion. J: And you’re not playing? J: Aww. Your fault! *Both laugh* It’s your fault! Stupid novel. I don’t even like the 2,500 words I wrote today. I would just rather play WoW. Blarghalar! J: What’d you do today? I hit 40,000. I hit 40,000 words today. It’s day 13. *Laughs* J: You look tired. I am tired. I leave for San Francisco tomorrow because I’m going to the Night of Writing Dangerously. And I hit 40,000 words. It is sleepy on this train. I wish I’d thought to film anything
when it was still light out. But this is all you can see behind me. I’ve been on this train for hours and hours and hours. But I’ve written 6,000 words… on the train. And now I’m going to bed. Goodnight. I went to a write-in here in San Francisco. And I wrote, like, 1,000 words or something. And now, Liz and I are going to go find fried food. L: This lovely person wants a hamburger. (First bell ringer!) *Bell ringing victoriously* *Cheers of her adoring fans* L: The NaNoWriMo winner! Yay! I’m at the Night of Writing Dangerously, I just hit 50,000, I’m so excited! After yesterday I thought that
we truly deserved a day off. So we spent the whole day in San Francisco. Now we’re on the train and going home. How many words did you write, Liz? L: Today? Yeah L: Zero. Zerooo! After another 24 hours on the train and
another 3,300 words or so written… I am almost home in Seattle. It’s really hard to get back into writing when I don’t have a train… Or a big fancy ballroom… to do it in. I’m having another mega awesome super
best friends writing day with my friends Mallory and Emily. And I’ve written 3,000 words. M: 4,000-ish. E: Uh, a little over 4,000! We’re, like, so not even done! We’re gonna keep writing forever
and it’s gonna be great! E: Forever! I really like the days when you have, like,
at least 1,000 words written before 10 am… Because that feels really awesome… But even more, I like the days when you get to watch your friend hit 50,000 words! Yay Mallory! Congratulations! M: Thank you! How’s it feel? M: It feels so good! I’m at a SeaHawks game, and it’s loud! And exciting! (J: GO HAWKS!) J: Yeah! Go Hawks! Yaaayyy! And I’m probably not-(J: YAY!) Probably not going to write any words today! Sorry! R: What you get for trying to photobomb somebody.
Punched me right in the g****** face. It’s not happening tonight. This is a struggle. This is such a struggle. It’s like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… But it is still a long a** journey! J: But isn’t today a good day? J: Didn’t something good happen today? Yeah! Yeah, I named my story finally
and it only took 25 days! J: Ah, what’s it called?! Delaney Unlaced. J: I like it! I like it, too. I’m really happy. Okay, I did do something good today. I got to 70,000 tonight, and
literally every second of it was painful. But I did it… And I did not give up… And now I’m not writing anymore tonight. I am here at the ocean with my family and I’m not probably going to do any writing today. J: Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! B: Happy Thanksgiving You filming me? J: Yeah. I think of all the places that I’ve written this month… This one’s my favorite So the good news is:
today I hit 75,000 words on my novel. Which is just insane on a level that I can’t even
put into words ’cause I don’t have any left. Bad news is: I just… I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I’m gonna finish my story
before December. Because I am sloggin’ through it And there is just so much left… And I need a break. I did it. I did it, I did it, I did it! I wrote the end! Oh my God. Yesterday I had genuinely, 100% given up
on finishing the story in November. I gave up. But today I got this, like,
crazy last sudden wind. And I did it! And I wrote the end! And I finished the story. And I don’t even- I don’t even know. I don’t even know, guys! How is another November, come and gone. It’s over! This year was just amazing. I don’t understand what came over me. I wrote so many words! But so many people – so many people I know –
won this year! And I’m so proud of them. And I’m so proud
of everyone who at least attempted it. And… We did it, guys. We did it!

7 Replies to “Writing a Novel in 30 Days (Filmed Every Day in Nov 2014)

  1. Dear aspiring writers, it's true that it is good to practice writing ever day. But remember, to take care of yourself. There's no shame in taking breaks.

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