NaNoWriMo Days 4 & 5

Days 4 & 5 sort of blended together, since I actually wrote in several long spurts that started Wednesday afternoon (Day 4) and stopped at about 2am Thursday morning (Day 5). I broke it up thusly:


Day 4

Word count:

  •  4062 / 9688


  • Understanding and supportive family who left me alone and  made their own suppers. 
  • Emotional upheaval.

Challenges and distractions to overcome:

  • Stomach flu!
  • Emotional upheaval. 

Odd sources of inspiration:

  • My own “Magna Carta” lists. (Two lists made before starting your novel. “What makes a good book?” and “What makes a dreadful, hideous, boring book?” –  From pages 85-88 of No Plot? No Problem! by NaNoWriMo founder, Chris Baty.

Day 5

Word count

  • 1562 / 11250


  • Wrote in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep.

Challenges and distractions to overcome:

  • Sleepiness, lingering nausea from stomach flu. 
  • Had to work first shift (6:30 am – 3:30 pm) Thursday, which meant that as I as writing, I knew I was using up precious “getting ready for work” sleep time. Also, Thursday is freight day, a source of swollen feet and achy muscles, so I was dreading that as well.

Odd sources of inspiration:

  • Sims 3. (A Sim I made, then abandoned to create a new and more interesting Sim, started a life on her own and really screwed things up. I felt guilty for abandoning her. Yes, I’m a nerd. Shut up.)

About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

2 responses to “NaNoWriMo Days 4 & 5

  • robinaltman

    Yes, but you’re my little bloggy nerd friend. I don’t throw stones about nerd-dom. Perhaps I would if I didn’t spend my time listening to “The Battle of the Labyrinth” while playing Brick Breaker on my phone.

    Congrats on the word count!!!!

  • R.J. Keller

    Thanks Robin! (Sorry I’ve been neglecting you!)

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