“Accursed novel! Ye took me leg!” ~ Me on or about 11/28
I’ve just finished day 2 of NaNoWriMo and as is my way with any big writing project I’m keeping a log.
My writing log is just a file where I store the word count for the day along with the running total. I also include a few thoughts or impressions of the writing session and a sense of where the work is at overall. Essentially, it’s a snapshot of my feelings about the work.
Here’s today’s entry:
11/2 3,121 words for 6,759 total (13.5%) – Wrote chapters 3 and 4 and began chapter 5. Most of these chapters will end up getting tossed deeper into the book when I start rearranging the work but it’s fun to explore Kip’s world with him. Tomorrow will be a big action scene.
Why to Keep a Log
When I wrote my first book, I didn’t keep a log and I really wish I had.
Not only is the log fun to go back and read later, but it helps to defray some of the loneliness of writing something you’re keeping secret until it’s all done. I know some writers are sharing their work as they produce it but I find that doing that makes me less likely to finish it so I keep it secret and hence the reason I like to keep a log.
I’m also keeping a log to remind myself just how much fun I’m having now. Eventually there will be a day when the fun is not so quick in coming. I’ll be banging my head on the wall and wondering why I subjected myself to this crazy thing called writing a novel (again).
On days like that, I’ll just take a peek at the log and remind myself how far I’ve come and how much fun I’ve had along the way. That peek usually gives me a little boost and I can get back on the road, and if I don’t get a boost at least I feel guilty enough to keep on working.
I know, I know. This all seems terribly complicated. Couldn’t I just write and enjoy it?
Well, I am enjoying it. I’m having a blast and I hope you are too!