Caf-fiend: NaNoWriMo Day 4

Yesterday, shortly after I posted, I had a bit of a breakthru. Nothing monumental or anything, but it took me from my paultry 600 some-odd words up to just over 2K. Then after more writing today, I ended off with 3,388 words. Not the 10,000 I should be at by this point – but at least it’s moving.

The things that were getting me down Wednesday were that I wasn’t feeling the character, didn’t know much about him. Didn’t know where I wanted to take him or how I wanted to get there. I had some rough ideas, but that was all. Plus I hadn’t written enough to have commited to the concept of the story. However, now I’m deep in it and have a desire to tell the story for the story’s sake, not just because I want to get to the 50,000 word mark by the end of the month.

I realized a little while ago that this is likely the most consecutive fiction I’ve written in my entire life. I’ve written longer articles for magazines, and I’m sure I had to write longer essays in uni, college or high school. But never fiction.

Oh, the other thing I clued into was the amount of caffeine I have in my system is directly proportional to the amount I can write. It would seem that if I keep feeding myself cups of coffee throughout the day, the writing goes smoother. Sadly, it kills my appetite, and I’ve missed all but dinner the last two days.

Sitting at my computer for large amounts of time does afford me lots of opportunity to procrastinate though.

Biggest form of procrastination today:

Congratulations, Ryan!
Your IQ score is 140

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Personally, I think it’s a bit unbalanced, as there is only 30-40 questions, making each one a bit more weighted than they would be in a real IQ test. Who doesn’t like getting compared to Plato though… oh, but if anyone does it and gets the “Like Socates, your exceptional ….” paragraph, please note that I am not just going to have sex with you.

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