NaNoWriMo Week Three: Monkey Bars, Guilt Monkeys and Other Fantastic Beasts

Welcome to week three of NaNoWriMo. If you’re writing along, I hope your month is going splendidly! I am still struggling with the word count, but ever the optimist, Oakland is still sticking with me. I refuse to give up, but I am starting to feel a little be stressed about my low daily word count. I need a big day to really make up for the difference.

This week started off with a holiday – Veteran’s Day. A day off with the kiddos, so Oakland and I had a play day. We hung out with the boys reading books, putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle and took a trip to the playground. While it was loads of fun, we didn’t get a lot of writing work done.


On Thursday nights in November, I host an online writing event I call “Thursday Throw Down.” In this game with other local Wrimos, each participant declares themselves for one side or the other. This week, the battle was Plot Bunnies vs. Guilt Monkeys. I declared myself for the Guilt Monkeys, because, well, the family, the job, all the other responsibilities… Oakland and I gathered up some of our favorites snacks and started writing. Guilt Monkeys pulled it off in the end, beating the Bunnies by all of 33 words. So far this month, these Thursday events have been the most productive for me, and I wrote around 2,500 words.


Everyone needs a break during NaNo, and my local group of Wrimos likes to plan some activities outside of writing just for this purpose. One thing we do each year is to choose a bookish movie that’s been released in November. This week, we went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald. And yes, Oakland went with me. The movie is fantastic!


Once again, the week ended with a three-hour writing session with my local writing group. There was a new member this week, and that is always fun! All in all, not a bad week. Possibly the best I’ve had so far this NaNo. I’ll finish the week around 17,000 words. Next week is a big holiday week, and I’m grateful I get to spend it with my family and friends. I’m looking forward to a little dedicated writing time and getting caught up on my word count!

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