The weekends are when I catch up. I meet up with friends I haven’t seen in weeks, I stop by my parents’ house to tell them what I’ve been up to and find out how they are, I sleep an extra few hours and fit in a nap to make up for the lack of sleep in the work week.
In past years, Saturdays have been when I’ve written the most for NaNoWriMo. When I’m focused, I can write about 1,000 words in an hour, and more if I’ve discovered an interesting scene or engaging character. I like to divide the writing into chunks, because I find that my brain keeps fiddling with the characters and plot when I’m not writing; so if I start in the morning with an hour-long session, then break to eat and clean house, then return in the afternoon to write more, my creative well has refilled and the ideas pour out at top speed.
That’s how today has gone. My goal is 4,000 words before I sleep, and I have 2,000 or so written. More importantly, I’ve fleshed out the narrator and her motivations and fears, I’ve come up with a setting that I find amusing, and I’ve come up with a better antagonist than the one I had at the start of this month.
The antagonist, by the way, is based on someone I worked for while in college. That job experience was puzzling, and this particular person’s success never made sense to me. I guess that discord has festered in my brain all this time. Now I’ve found a way to use it — I’ll add other stuff and the character won’t end up like the real person at all, but I’ll have the chance to play out ideas and theories while I work on it. And I’m glad to be revisiting that part of my life. It was a good period but I didn’t recognize it at the time.
No drawing yet today. I’m headed to a party, so when I come home I’ll draw and write before bed. No, really this time I will.