NaNoWriMo 2021 Day… can’t remember…

Day 25, I think. And I can’t say Days 19 – 25, because I only seem to have done something yesterday, which was Day 25. So I’ll just claim that one.

On Wednesday I submitted the final part of Ghostwriting (1) gig Book 7, and before the day was over, the client was asking if I could start a new story yet. I told him I could start on Monday, and he sent over the next storyline and some tentative dates for completion of each of the instalments.

For the first couple of hours of Thursday morning, I was adding the dates to my Asana project management system and manipulating them to accommodate our Christmas holiday.

There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, but we think we’ve come up with something workable, and he promised that the new contract will arrive before Monday.

I then went into my Excel multi-project spreadsheet and added the word-count, the start and finish dates, and the details, such as the working title and the name of the client. Because this project will span 2 months, I’ve added the details to the 2-month worksheet in the workbook.

Next job was to finalise yesterday’s blog post and add it to Medium, and start today’s.

Once that was all done, I turned to my NaNo project. First of all I surfed the web to find some suitable images of the characters. I added the pictures to the Scrivener binder and made up some names for them. Then I spent time writing short biographies and brief back-stories as well as some plot-tweaking.

By the time I’d done all of that, I’d also added 2,519 words to the project (32,175). I’m still behind, but at least it’s going in the right direction…

32,175/50,000 words. 64% done!

After dinner, I moved on to the other ghostwriting gig and worked on the revisions. They took me a couple of hours, but also managed to reduce the word-count a little. However, I’m ready to go again today now I’ve caught up with the story.

As I had a few minutes of my working day left (I was going out to fat club), I did some calculations and moved this project from a 1-month worksheet in my multi-project word-count workbook to a 3-month one. I also had to carry the existing word-count over.

Today, then, will be mostly more ghostwriting. I have three chapters or approximately 10,000 words to write. I also want to do more NaNo if I’m to catch up there. November ends next Tuesday, and I still have just under 18,000 words to write. Apparently I can do that in a day… 🧐

I’ll probably do some over the weekend, but Monkey Dust also have a gig on Saturday night.

Have a great weekend!