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NaNo Week 2 –keeping up with quotas #nanowrimo #amwriting


Quotas. I suppose it keeps writers on track toward a particular word count goal, but a total word count has nothing to do with how complete a manuscript is.

“Hey, are you really putting those pictures in my post?” my writer asks from her recliner in the corner of her writing office.

Image by Thomas B. from Pixabay

“Are you really going to keep writing today, love?”

“Do I get wine and chocolate if I do?”

I narrow my eyes at her. “Do you get wine and chocolate whenever you hit your daily word quota?”

“I get chocolate.”

“You get chocolate anyway because of the pandemic, right?”

“You’re such a spoil-sport. You know what would really be good incentive? The good chocolate. I mean, the really good chocolate, not just the Dove Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel chocolate. And Moon Man.”

Beer over wine? I suppose, considering she doesn’t spring for the good wine unless it’s an occasion, like her book release or three days alone with her writing. “Get to the end first, love.”

“You’re supposed to show me the prize and then tell me to go for it.”

I lean back in the desk chair. She’s got the foot-rest out on the recliner on the other side of the office, fuzzy slippers, sweatpants–not that she wears anything else while working from home, and her NaNoWriMo sweatshirt. Her hair’s gotten longer, and she substitutes herbal tea these days for coffee in the afternoon.

Cute. In a stay-at-home-while-writing kind of way.

“Admit it. I’m adorable.”

I stare at her until she raises an eyebrow and focuses on her laptop again. I won’t admit it.

Not to her, anyway. She’d bring that up as often as possible, especially when she’s struggling to write, as if it would distract me.

. . . . . . . .

Where was I? Oh, yes, my writer and NaNo. I have to admit I’m impressed with her dedication. She has been hitting the daily quota, but not her quota. Good enough, I guess, though I know she can do better. Has done better in the past.

Now, if she can finish most of the story in the next two weeks, it would be a major accomplishment.

“Geez, thanks for the vote of confidence,” she quips from across the office. “Nice to know my Muse is such a wellspring of reassurance.”

“You know I’m right, love. How many times in the past 15 years with over 15 NaNo sessions, both November and other times, have you actually gotten to the end of the story in 30 days?”

She frowns at me. “Twice. Maybe. But I usually finish two weeks after NaNo ends.”

True enough. “Back to writing, love. I’ll see what I can do about your lager.”

“Make sure you wear a mask, even if you can’t get COVID. At least don’t bring it back to me.”

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, four chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

11 thoughts on “NaNo Week 2 –keeping up with quotas #nanowrimo #amwriting

  1. Congratulations on the dedication. And the progress. I think you’re starting to get your muse in line a bit! (Tell me your secret.)

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    • LOL! Or he’s getting me in line (which is probably more the case πŸ™‚ ) I’m really trying to get back into the writing routine. This year has been awful for me for writing. Everything feels like it’s out of whack.

      Take care of yourself and have a great week, Staci!

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  2. Chocolate is an absolute must for Nano. Crunchy nuts are good, too.:-) I devoured half a can yesterday! Good luck with the rest of Nano!

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  3. It’s great to know you’re making such progress, Julie! And I’m with you about the good chocolate – that’s always such a nice treat. And it’s good of your Muse to see if he can find you some lager. Now that’s what I call a helpful Muse πŸ˜‰ . Wishing you well as you head into the back half of NaNoWriMo!

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  4. Oh my gosh! How much do I love the tables turning and your Muse being the one distracted by your appearance. Haha. Love it. Oh, how I wish he were real so you two could have a steamy romance. (Don’t tell your husband I said that.) Save it for the novels, Julie.

    Hello back atcha, Zoey! (Since I know she was making that face just for me.) πŸ™‚

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    • LOL! Nice! I will say my Muse has inspired some characters, though πŸ˜€

      Hubs just told me today when he went out to check on the chickens, he found Zoey in the chicken pen freaking out because she couldn’t figure out how to get out. We have no idea how she even got in!

      Have a great week, Betsy!

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      • Haha! Oh, poor Zoey. And poor chickens. I guess they weren’t freaking out too? Our chickens were used to the neighbor’s cat who lives here, but when a strange cat came into the back yard, the chickens were NOT happy.

        (I was, though. That cat was friendly and super soft! A shame the owners retrieved it. ;P)

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  5. I think chocolate is a good incentive for meeting those NaNo goals:)

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