Write-in-Motion was a resounding success for me. I started almost 9,000 words behind. After writing for two hours and seeing my counts, I decided to set my goal for the day at 12,000. I think I had one of the highest goals of the group. Last year I did 10,000 so as to catch up, and I made it–barely. I remember it came right down to the last minutes, but I made it.
This year started out slow. My husband took me to breakfast at Shari’s to kick things off (pancakes and bacon). The restaurant shares a parking lot with our first meeting space.
Caffeine count: 2 iced teas
At nine we all met up at New Seasons Market. It was my first time in there and their eating area was really nice. Last year we had a ton of people show up so that every stop was beyond crowded. This year–there were like five of us. I spent the hour checking Facebook because I was not awake yet. And everything I wrote got mistyped. It was horrible. Ordered a coffee. I wrote the last twenty minutes or so.
Caffeine count: 1 large cappuccino with 2 shots of espresso (I have to say it was better than the ones at DiTazza’s)
Words wrote: 256
After that we drove to a library near by. We had a large meeting room. There were like eight of us in total by then. We stayed about three hours, I think. It was better than last year where we had like thirty people crammed in a room the size of my bedroom.
Caffeine count: 3/4 of a 20oz Diet Coke
Words wrote: ~3000
We then moved to the big library in downtown Vancouver. We had two small rooms on the fourth floor where the outlets set in the tables did not work except for three by the door. Luckily we had extension cords. Other than the poor couple that had really bad colds (the woman looked horrible) sniffling and coughing, it was really quiet. So far I haven’t gotten sick, which is good–I tend to catch bugs very easily. I hope they’re feeling better soon.
Caffeine count: 1/4 + 1/4 of 20oz Diet Cokes
Word count: ~5000 (total=almost 8k)
We drove over to a used book store. Last year there was almost no room to right; this year there were open seats. Which was nice because elbow room! I started getting envious looks when I updated my word count chart. Up to 11,000 when we left.
Caffeine count: 3/4 of a 20oz Diet Coke (finished my supply)
Word count: ~3000
The last stop was a Burgerville near the mall. I lucked out to sit across from three screaming kids. They came in after we did and just had to sit on the other side of the divider from me. Ugh. I only needed about 1,000 words by then. This actually took like an hour because I spent half the time chatting with a friend I’d been riding with. But eventually I hit my goal. I’d been watching the word counter get closer and closer as I typed. Then I just happened to look down as I ended a word and saw I was at exactly 12,000 so I stopped.
I don’t think anyone else went past 9 or 10k. And really, it was a piece of cake. Quiet + motivation + caffeine = me writing lots. I can write 750 words in about 20 minutes, 1000 words in 30 minutes, and knock out 2000 words in an hour. I once stayed up for 36 hours straight, 26 of those writing non-stop (thank you bipolar). I wrote an entire 48k word fanfic.
Caffeine count: large iced tea
Word count: 945
Totals for the day:
Caffeine: 4 glasses iced tea, 1 large cappuccino, 2 20oz Diet Cokes
Words: 12,000 exactly
I got home around 9pm and crashed. My caffeine buzz started to wear off so I just watched Buffy and crocheted until my thumb hurt (don’t ask).
Final word count for NaNo: 27,758. I not only caught up but went over by a day and a half. W00t!!