Camp NaNo 2018 | Diary | Week 2

Week 2 – Diary

Monday 9th July 2018

Last weekend has been awful to me: 35 degrees maximum inside the flat, which is facing South. It wouldn’t go lower than 28… I think I’ve never been so happy to go to work this morning, because, guess what, we have climatisation in the office.

I’ve been to my writing club this evening. Once a month, a bunch of writers gathers at Waterstones Piccadilly (London) for an hour social and an hour writing. One of us just got an agent for non-fiction books. This is amazing to write with such a group for an hour, to talk to people that are actually doing it. Those moments are always specials. And I wrote no less than 740 words, which is the best I did so far during this Camp NaNoWriMo. But I had climatisation, which helped a lot.

Tuesday 10th July 2018

I started reading Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner. The author is the executive director of the NaNoWriMo, so I thought it would be a great read this month. It’s full of good advice, wherever the stage you’re in in your writing. The book encourages you to continue working on your story via 52 insights and actions to boost your creativity. They are categorised in 12. For example, I’m reading Getting the Writing Done category. Anyway, very useful, even though I haven’t worked onmy story today.

Thursday 11th July 2018

Didn’t do much writing today either. Instead, I celebrated PainQuot’s birthday. We went to the theatre to see South Kentish Town, a play created by Martin Derbyshire and organised by the London School of Dramatic Art. I have to admit it was pretty good. The actors had it right and the quality of the dialogues was on point. In theatre, dialogues are so important. I wonder how long it takes to write a play.

My favourite part in writing has always been dialogues. I think it’s the core, the main part, of a story. It’s like seeing a movie in your head. If the dialogues are flat, the characters are flat.

Master the dialogues and you’ll have great characters.

Saturday 14th July 2018

That’s it: we signed a new tenancy agreement for one more year. I’m so relieved we won’t have to move house this year! It’s exhausting and stressful to move house, and we’ve been doing exactly that every single year since we arrived in the UK.

Anyway, what you want to know is if I’ve been writing lately. And the answer is… YES! 1,179 words no less. I said on Monday that I had broken a record… today is a new record.


Week 2 – Overview

The least I can say is that I haven’t been consistent at all. Two writing sessions in a week, but bigger ones that I used to do. I even broke twice my own word record! Meaning I’ve written no less than 1,919 words this week, more than the last. Still a bit behind schedule on the challenge, but I’m getting there.

How was your writing week?
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