Week Two Update for #NaNoWriMo2017

I have finished my second week of NaNoWriMo. It’s been so awesome to be able to see my daily progress add up. I have not missed a day of writing yet. I have a clear vision of how I want the story to end and I am following my outline to get there.

So far, my idea of just writing sections of the story each day rather than trying to do chapters is working. I have kept up my promise to not read over any of my previous writing. I have not edited any of the other days. I don’t even go back and read what I have written at the end of the day. As I said before, I will leave all of that for December when I put it all together into a second draft.

The title of the book I am working on for this year’s NaNoWriMo is “The Mystery of Oak Grove County”. Turns out, I am writing a romance mystery novel. Last week, the writing was heavy on the romance side. I think this week will be more of the action adventure part of the story. It’s definitely got some darkness to it.

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You can see that I have been writing a little more than 1667 words a day

If you would like a taste of the music that I have been listening to while I create the story and characters for “The Mystery of Oak Grove County”, please check out the Spotify playlist below:

I will update you again next week when I finish up week three. I am half way there now!


My Spotify Featured Playlist

Music has always been a passion of mine. I spends eight hours a day at my job listening to it on the streaming service, Spotify. I pay $10 a month to have access to their whole catalogue of music, which is extensive. I have discovered all sorts of new artists and albums by browsing the play lists and checking out what music my friends are listening to. I recommend this service to anyone who loves music and wants to support the artists rather than pirating music.

Sharing my love of music and discovering new music is one of the topics I want to share with your on this blog. I have set up the Music category so that you can check out my weekly Playlist on Spotify, learn about artists, and maybe find something you would like to your music collection.

This week’s playlist is:



It has been a long time since Jason Mraz’s album YES! has been available on Spotify Canada. I love this album so much. It appeals to the hopeless romantic that’s in me. While I don’t always bring that part of me out, this album reminds me that it’s okay to be open with declarations of love to those you want to share it with. I am not in love right now but this album reminds me of what those feelings are like.


First week of #NaNoWriMo2017

For the first time in all the years I have attempted to complete NaNoWriMo, I have finished the first week right on schedule. I have been writing about 1700 words a day. I haven’t written less than 1667 words a day. Some days I go over by a few words and others, I am right on the money.

All of the story planning and character creation that I did in the month of October has helped a lot in making sure that I always have something to write about. Currently, I am writing from the limited omniscient point of view of five characters. I actually had to create a new character today that I didn’t think I would be writing from her point of view but it ends up working for the story.

I am not writing chapters for this draft, I am just making a new word file each day and filling it with 1667 words of story. I will go back in December and put the piece of the story together into chapters. I am not going back and rereading any of my story so far, just letting the words flow from day to day. I don’t now how much of the story I will keep later on but that doesn’t matter right now. I just want to get my words down on paper for the day.

So far, I am having a lot of fun with the story. I would like to share some of it with you but you will have to wait until later. If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this year, please add me as a buddy, my username is Surfcruzer.

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NaNoWriMo2017 has begun

I am off to a good start today! I came home from work at 2pm, took Dexter for an hour long walk, and then settled in to write my daily 1667 words.

I have decided that rather than trying to write connected chapters everyday, I would simply title each daily documents as the day’s date and then write a portion of the story.

I managed to get a rough idea for the stories direction figured out during the month of October. I also get my four main characters decided on, their rough bios, and their story directions.

The story itself is a mystery plot and the main character, Lillian Wilde, is trying to find out where the thirty people who just arrived in her town came from and why they have no memories of who they are.

I don’t intend to write a daily blog post about my progress in this exercise in creating a habit but I will post a weekly update on my word count and any wins or struggles I have found a long the way.

I freed up my whole month from obligations in order to see if I can do this and finish this year. I really hope all my prep work pays off.