My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week #2 💻

💻 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day enjoying all your reading & having a wonderful writing process (if you write, of course) ❤️ Today I’m super excited because I’ve come with the first part of a series of posts that I’ll be starting and will last throughout November, where my plan is to share with you all my experience participating for the first time in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), both my good moments and my not so good ones, my writing process, what kind of project I’m working on and simply put all my feelings here to be able to chat a little with you about how I’m feeling and how my progress is going😊 

I think that sharing my creative process could be something super positive for me, one of my main goals is to be able to learn while also beginning to know myself more deeply as a writer.
With these posts, I hope we can not only talk about my own process, but I’m dying to know everything you can reveal about your own projects, so don’t hesitate to tell me everything about how you’re doing and leave any link to your own writing posts so we can all check them out. We’re going to support each other, that’s the most important thing. 👏🏻 
I also want you to know that 
I’m absolutely open to any type of criticism and above all advice, if it’s with love and respect, everything is welcome, I’m here to grow and learn, so it would be very useful to have all the information & opinions I can. 😍

These Sunday posts will be super informal, in fact, I don’t have any kind of structure designed for them, I like to structure my posts, but this time I’ll go with the flow and with what feels good every week, the important thing is that you’re here to support me and you know that I will always be here to support you. 🥰
I hope you enjoy this mini-series, that it’s something that can serve you in some way too, and that’s it, I LOVE you, thank you for always being there for me & without further ado, LET’S START!

 📝 I wrote a little over 21k in total, so far

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Well, guys, this week has been wild, and of course, the doubts have finally arisen.
I found myself in that kind of moment when you read what you already wrote and think, what am I doing? LOL
I feel that the first week was much more relaxed for me, maybe because I was already clear about how I wanted the plot of my story to start and develop, but the middle part is difficult, I don’t know which scenes are good, which scenes contribute something and which ones are there just for filling.
Sometimes I read it and I’m like…I really like this, it’s fine, it contributes to the growth of the character and I like how it flows, but then I read another part and I feel like I rush too fast, and I don’t know how to put together the feeling of mystery and suspense that I try to convey.

Then I also have doubts about how much each character should appear and that kind of thing, you know?
But, I think what has me most doubtful is that I don’t know how long I want my book to be, and it’s okay if I want to elaborate more on each story and it’s ok if I want to make it longer, but I’m not sure what I want yet. The thing is … my chapters have around 3,000 words each, do you think that’s a lot? or little? I would love to know.
I don’t want to be here complaining about the process, I mean, I knew it would be a challenge, it’s the first time that I write every day in such an intense way, and at times I recognize that I think I’ll not achieve it, but I want to focus my challenge on much more than writing 50k, especially in learning about myself as a writer, with what I feel comfortable and with what I don’t, and I believe that every doubt that comes to me is in part the growth process itself.
So, for next week I’ll be practicing being kinder to my accomplishments and celebrating every little thing, no matter what it is.

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This is so funny because I knew it would happen to me at some point, I’m a perfectionist in everything I do, I’m working on it, I want my brain to learn that not everything can always be perfect and that’s fine. And the truth is, I get along pretty well, but there are still times when I think, OK, I have to go back to the beginning and start correcting everything, and I do it because I can’t help it.
In fact, I’ve figured that I really enjoy the process of correcting and adding things to what I already wrote, I know that it’s not something that I should be doing while I’m supposed to concentrate on the development of the book as such, but I cannot help it at times I just want to do that, it relaxes me and I enjoy it.
Even so, I don’t want to be something that becomes a habit, I want to control myself and be able to move forward without going back so many times.
Sometimes I’m super pleased to have corrected some scenes and added new things and ideas, but it’s not something I want to do often. I think I should focus more on finishing the idea and even work on the ending and then in the future begin to correct, add, and remove things.
So, this week I’ve learned that my brain loves perfection and I have to control that in order to have better progress, I will make it of better quality once I finish the main idea.

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So, let’s talk a little about the good things, I think that after working a lot this week in terms of my descriptions of places as such, I have improved a little, so I’m very happy about it, at least I’m a little more pleased with it. I know I still have a lot to improve, but I think I’m on the right track.
I’ve had new ideas too, ideas that fit perfectly with the plot thread, and other ideas that I’m working on which are mostly some details to give the plot more shocking scenes and add some plot twists.
I’m also working on romance, I hadn’t mentioned any of this because it’s still in process, but there’s a bit of romance in my book, I don’t want it to be invasive, but I want it to be a significant complement but not a protagonist. My romance is centered between the main female character and another girl who’s also an important character but who lives on the Island.
I’ve been exploring various horror concepts and working on them a lot, I’ve searched a lot of material and listened to advice from the masters on the genre because although I don’t want it to be the main genre as such, I want it to have disturbing scenes, so I’ve been exploring that and develop some scenes that have me very excited.

Lastly, I’ve been giving more life to my setting, the story takes place in Wisteria, which is an Island with a background of quite disturbing myths and legends, and now inhabited by very superstitious people, but it’s also a beautiful and vibrant place in nature, it has many landscapes in itself, so it’s important for me to give life to all the surroundings.
My Island has a main attraction that’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular in addition to its myths, and it’s the Red Forest, which is in the center of the Island, like its heart, and I’m also working on giving more life to all this.

I don’t think I’m THAT incredible in creating this type of aesthetics lol, but hey, I liked this one and I hope you also like how it looks, anyway I will be sharing more in the future ❤️❤️❤️

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I hope you’re enjoying these updates and it doesn’t seem like a complete mess lol, because I LOVE sharing with you 🥺

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 I hope you’re having a great weekend and have an even better week! 😊
 🌿 Now it’s your turn to share with me, Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? or Are you writing & tell me, How is that going? I want to know everything, I can’t wait to chat with you in the comments.


43 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week #2 💻

  1. Congrats on doing a nanowrimo!! They’re so intense. Maybe this can be the month where you just churn out tons of content you start with, and then next month you can go back and do all the editing and revising goodness that you love ☺️ I love the description of Wisteria and the aesthetic you posted. So… When can we read it? 😉👏

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    • Thank you SO much, Jenni!! ❤️ You’re absolutely right, now I should just focus on writing however it comes out and then when this crazy month is over, I’ll be able to dedicate myself more fully to the details. 😊✨
      I know it will be for the best, I needed someone to tell me. 😅
      It makes me so happy that you like it! I’m very excited, I hope to do justice to how it looks in my head. 🥺
      You’re wonderful, thank you SO much for your comment 🥰

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  2. Congrats on your progress! I love the way you describe the setting of your novel, it makes me want to read it and I think I can picture it and the atmosphere well.

    I think chapter lengths really depend on personal preference, writing style and the chapter’s purpose to the story. Personally, I’ve always preferred to read shorter chapters than longer ones so when writing I’d tend to do the same.
    And if you’re not thinking of 50k as the goal length for your story, maybe you could think about it in terms of chapter numbers? I mean obviously I don’t know how or if you’re outlining it by chapters or scenes or whatnot, but it might help you in the long term to have a vague idea of how many chapters/words taking into account what you’ve already planned for the story. Like thinking ‘the ending consists of scene X, Y, W, and Z, so that could be the last 2/3 chapters” for isntance?

    I don’t know if I expressed myself clearly, but in any case, good luck with everything for this next week and if you ever want any beta readers or have any doubts, I’m here for you!

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    • WOW, thank you SO much, love! It means a lot to me that you like it. 🥺✨
      Absolutely, you’re right, I guess I have to write without worrying much about the number of words in each chapter and then I can dedicate myself to editing them. 😊 I also love short chapters. 😍👏🏻
      You express yourself more than perfectly, and I understand what you mean, I think my book will ended up having more than 50k, but I’ll focus on completing that amount or doing the best I can this month, without being forced to finish it. I think taking that position will be more relaxing for me. 🥰
      Thank you for your recommendations, and for taking the time to write this incredible comment, it means a lot, you’re wonderful ❤️❤️

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  3. Aww yay! 21k is magnificent, I’ve never gotten anywhere close to that, so I’m super impressed!! I do see what you mean with the length of your book in total, but maybe it would help for you to think about it in the number of scenes that you know you’ll have from start to end, and how many “filler” scenes you expect throughout, so you have a semi target scene number, instead of going for a certain number of words. Idk if that would help.

    I also feel you with the perfectionist brain problem! I also always end up going back and rereading everything that I wrote, and wanting to correct the mess that is usually the start. But from the writing courses that I’ve taken, I know I shouldn’t and should just keep writing, but it nags at me. However, if it makes you feel better and makes you feel accomplished then I don’t think it should be a bad thing because there really isn’t one way to write. The method of just writing and leaving editing for later works for some people, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. If by going back and editing and fixing scenes you feel better, maybe it’s not a bad thing and can help you even more, cause I know that sometimes doing that helps give me ideas for what will happen later. So it really just depends on you, but I don’t think you should be too hard on yourself about it 🙂

    That aesthetic is so pretty, and I love the mood and vibe that it gives. It’s mysterious and dark and gloomy, and I like it lol. Good luck with this week and I hope you’re able to figure out how long you want your book to be & how to deal with your urge to go back and edit! 💕✨

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    • Awww, thank you so much, you’re SO sweet!! 🥺🥺 it’s quite an intense thing when you’re not used to writing every day, it’s being a challenge for me, but so far it’s going pretty well, we’ll see 😅
      I LOVE your advice!! I think my problem is that I started without planning anything, I just jumped on it and now I’m seeing that maybe I should have structured it more, so now I’ll take your advice and maybe focus on the main scenes and then add some filler around when I feel like it. 👏🏻✨
      I think what you say makes a lot of sense!!! because I’ve been thinking that I shouldn’t do it because I know I just have to write and move on, but if editing and rewriting is something I enjoy, I shouldn’t see it as a bad thing, it makes sense, I love seeing it like that. 😍
      Thank you SO much, beautiful, it makes me very happy that you like my aesthetic and that you feel the vibe that I want to give, that means everything to me. You’re wonderful, thank you so much again for taking the time and being so kind ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. I pretty much failed; I haven’t touched it all week and I’m still at 2k. This week has been rough and my husband keeps saying he’s going to put his vacation days in and I keep hoping he will SO I CAN WRITE buuuut he hasn’t yet. Maybe I’ll work on it some tonight and try to block off time before bed, even if it means writing from my phone lol

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  5. I love reading about your progress every week 😄!

    I’m by no means one to give advice, but I’ve heard many writers say to not worry about how long or how many ‘unnecessary’ scenes your first or second draft have. Just write whatever you want and come up with, and then, when you know the story and the characters better, it will be easier to edit and pick what should stay and what shouldn’t.

    Good luck this week! If these updates are any indication, I think you’re doing great ☺️

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    • Aww, Thanks, Pilar!! that makes me SO happy 🥰
      You ‘re absolutely right, I think I’ve been giving too much importance to that, from now on I’ll focus on writing everything I feel, I’ll focus on the key scenes and then I’ll be able to develop the rest more easily. 😊✨
      Thank you SO much!!! have a beautiful day ❤️❤️

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  6. I totally get the doubt thing! There’s always a point in any project where you start to doubt! But I think it’s really important to just get that first draft down, and (although it’s so so hard) try not to worry about all these things while you’re doing your first draft, because you can edit and change it later. And sometimes you have to just get something down on paper in order to understand what is and isn’t working.

    It’s really tempting to edit as you go along. I used to do that a lot, and it’s part of why I never finished anything, alongside the fact I never used to plan my books. But now I plan out my book chapter-by-chapter, and then I write it from beginning to end without looking back. If I have thoughts/ideas on chapters that have come before, I make notes in my plan in red for when I come back to write draft 2.

    Some of it is also about finding a process that works for you! For years I could never finish anything, then something clicked and I worked out a process that seemed to work for me, and now I’ve written 5 novels (nearly finished my 6th!!). And my process has evolved with each of those books as I continue to improve the process and find the best things that work for me.

    As for chapter length, my chapters are usually between 1,000-3,000 words. They vary quite a lot!

    You’re doing so well, keep writing!!

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    • You’re right!!! I think I should stop worrying so much about what I should write and what not, or that everything should be perfect, the important thing right now is to develop all my main ideas and I’ll have time for the rest later. 👏🏻
      That’s SO valuable, thank you very much for sharing with me!!! first, Congratulations on almost finishing 6 novels, that’s AMAZING, and the fact that you take the time to write this comment means a lot! 🥺🥺🥺
      What you say about finding my own processes resonates a lot, I need to find the ones that might work best for me, so I’ll explore that more. 🥰
      Thanks again for your words, they’re very helpful ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Your novel sounds really interesting and I love the look of the aesthetic.

    As to everything else the main advice I’ve always, always gotten is don’t sweat the first draft too much. (That part comes later in the editing.) Just let it all pour out because hey even if you’re overwriting something you may not want to keep you could use it later or even in another book. You never know!

    But good luck and keep writing!

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    • Thank you SO much, Gemma!! It makes me happy that you like the aesthetic of my book 🥺✨✨ & you’re absolutely right about that, I must focus on writing and keep moving forward, and then I’ll have time to edit and do everything else. I had never thought that what I write now could be used for another project one day, that’s totally true, I love that!! 👏🏻
      You’re amazing, thank you so much, again, for your comment ❤️❤️


  8. Love this post! Congrats on 21k! Thanks for sharing your process and your thoughts. I know anyone going through NaNoWriMo right now is definitely experiencing all the feels – at least I am.

    I also have a perfectionist brain. Once I write a chapter I have to go back and edit it and make it perfect. NaNoWriMo has been good for me this year because I’m really trying to focus more on getting the words on the page. So, I’ve told my brain it can edit later, and it’s actually helped me really get the words out instead of just fixing the 3000 that I have. I also write super long chapters, so I think 3000 is fine, it’s up to each writer what fits best for them. I personally like reading long chapters which is probably why I write them so long.

    Also, I love the aesthetic and description for your book. It looks so good 🙂

    Good luck on the rest of your writing! – Amber

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    • Thank you SO much, Amber!!!! I wish you only the best with your project, it’s definitely an intense month! ❤️
      OMG, everything you say it’s so me 😂 I’ve realized that I have to let go of all my concerns for making it perfect and focus on putting all my ideas in development, and then I’ll have more time to edit and those things. 😊
      It makes me happy that you liked the aesthetic! thank you SO much for your beautiful comment and for taking the time to tell me your experience.🥺🥺
      Have a wonderful week ✨✨✨

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  9. I think 3k words is a good amount for each chapter. I have around that amount (or a little less) with my own writing so far. You can always edit later to see if each chapter’s content is suiting your needs.

    Best of luck with your writing! You’re doing a fantastic job already! ✨

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  10. Amazing progress! Congrats on reaching 21k, and I think it’s awesome that you’re doing NanoWriMo. I’m not participating this year (not for any particular reason other than I just don’t have the time right now). But I did participate for the first time last year and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. One being that I am also a perfectionist when it comes to my writing lol. Good luck with the rest of NaNo, can’t wait to read your next update ❤️

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    • Thank you SO much, gorgeous!!!! 🥰 It’s being a challenge, but I’m happy to have taken it more than anything as learning and to grow as well, regardless of the result. 😊✨
      Being a perfectionist can be a good thing, but also a super bad thing when you have to move forward, but it’s good to know that’s what we are, so we can work on it. 👏🏻
      Have a beautiful day, Alex ❤️❤️❤️

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  11. I absolutely adore your WIP aesthetic. It looks so atmospheric and mystical. I love it. Congrats on reaching 21k. That’s really quite the accomplishment and it’s great to see how much you learn about yourself as a writer through this process. Good luck with the rest of NaNo. 😀

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    • Thank you SO much, Lois!! ❤️ You’re an angel, it makes me very happy that you like the aesthetic, it’s the first time that I do one and was a fun challenge. 🥰👏🏻 I think that learning about myself as a writer is what I wanted most from this process, I’ve understood that even when I don’t reach 50k that doesn’t really matter because I know that I will be able to be more consistent with my writing after this. 😊
      Thanks again and I hope you have a beautiful day ✨✨✨


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