#NaNoWriMo Day Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven AND Twenty-Eight

I got a new job today! Hooray! It definitely gave me the motivation to write some more words!

30 Day NaNoWriMo Challenge

Day 25 – What are the names of at least two of your main characters?  How did you choose their names?

My two main main characters are called Yuuki and Bracha. I chose these names primarily to signify their background – where they come from – but also because I really liked their meanings.

Day 26 – Was any research involved (historical or otherwise) in your NaNo prep?

I did a little research into Japan and Jewish culture for authenticity but will need to do some more in-depth research when it comes to revision to make sure everything is good.

Day 27 – What’s your word count now?  Are you satisfied with your progress or panicked that you won’t have enough time to finish by November 30?

As of midnight November 27th my word count is 32,420 words and yes, I am panicking. I need to have a couple of REALLY good writing days in order to finish the 50k.

Day 28 – Name one thing you shafted all month in favor of participating in NaNo.

…University work… *whistles innocently*

Day 25 Stats

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Errol arrives with everyone’s book lists, and Gilderoy Lockhart’s name is written all over it. Write 3% of your current word count, as you worry that it’ll take 3% of everything you own to buy his books along with everything else you’re going to need. If you have an owl, you may skip this round for free.

So, first of all, I hate this kind of maths. If it hadn’t told me how to work it out in the thread on NaNo, I would have raged out trying to find it (can you tell that maths isn’t really my favourite thing?). So, 3% of my word count (31,813) is 954. Considering I was 9,853 words behind target when I started today, I’m kind of glad this challenge had a high goal.

I only got 535 words though, because I got talking to an old friend of mine who I haven’t spoken to in ages.

First line I wrote today:

I tried not to let my thoughts distract me too much.

Last line I wrote today:

If he was trapped with the lamia and the Brutes, it didn’t matter what his power was, he was done for.

Day 26 Stats

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Literally just wrote a sentence or two in order to actually have something written down today.

First line I wrote today:

My eyes snapped open when I felt the familiar tickle in my stomach.

Last line I wrote today:

I motioned to the others to follow me as I sped along the corridor, desperate to find Andy as quickly as possible.

Day 27 Stats

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The same thing happened again today. I had hoped to get 5,000 words written but I had no time before work or during work and after the train ride to my boyfriend’s, his mum was there so we spent the evening chatting with her. I was lucky to even get in the words that I did.

First line I wrote today:

I didn’t even wait to see if they were following me.

Last line I wrote today:

I needed to fix things.

Day 28 Stats

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So, with barely any words written over the last two days, the NaNo site tells me that I need to write 5,860 words each day to get caught up now. Considering how little time I’ll have on Monday for writing, I’m going for 8,790 words today and the same again tomorrow, because I did math and that’s what I need to hit 50k by tomorrow. That way, anything I write on Monday will be bonus words. I’m not sure how I’ll get on, but it’s currently 11:56am and I’m going to be at it all day to try and make this happen. So, with that out the way, back to the crawl!

Errol arrives with everyone’s book lists, and Gilderoy Lockhart’s name is written all over it. Write 3% of your current word count, as you worry that it’ll take 3% of everything you own to buy his books along with everything else you’re going to need. If you have an owl, you may skip this round for free.

Okay, I know I already did this challenge – technically – and failed it, but I’m doing it again because I got caught up talking to an old friend and I don’t think that should go against me. So, the goal was 954 words last time and I’m just gonna go with that again and see how I get on.

I got 1,001 words this time around so yay!

Running total: 14,519 words, 11 Galleons.

Floo powder power! Floo powder power! Write 500 words in fifteen minutes as you travel to Diagon Alley.
If you succeed: You spot a Galleon on the ground outside of the fireplace! What luck!
If you fail: You end up in Knockturn Alley with Harry. Write an additional 150 words as you find your way back to the Weasleys.

My phone was dying by this point so I had to get my boyfriend to set a timer for me, which meant I had to wait for him to be finished with a certain part of his game *sigh*

After I eventually managed to get him to set it for me, I got 679 words so yay for beating the challenge!

Running total: 15,198 words, 12 Galleons.

Your first stop is Gringotts to pick up some additional money for your schoolbooks. Write for ten minutes. The amount of words you write will determine how many Galleons you take out of your vault.
Less than 300 words: 1 Galleon
300-400 words: 2 Galleons
More than 350 words: 3 Galleons

For this one, I got 405 words which meant another three Galleons! Yay!

Running total: 15,603 words, 15 Galleons.

You spend so much money in the book shop buying your books. Write 500 words as you try to balance your new books along with everything else.

558 words later and this challenge is done.

Running total: 16,161 words, 15 Galleons.

On September 1st, you go with Harry and the Weasleys to Kings Cross Station, but you get stuck outside of Platform 9 ¾! You, Harry, and Ron decide to find another way to get to school this year… Word war with a friend for an hour during the long drive- er, flight in the Ford Anglia. The winner gets to take a Galleon from the other.

I skipped this one just because I don’t do the word war challenges.

Running total: 16,161 words, 14 Galleons.

Upon your arrival at Hogwarts, you crash into a strange tree that starts to attack you! Write 250 words as you escape from the tree and take the walk of shame into the school.

I got 352 words for this challenge and… finished Book Two! It’s ridiculously short and will need extensive padding when I do my revisions but woo! It’s done. So now I’m on Book Three and I’m so happy.

Running total: 16,513 words, 14 Galleons.

First line I wrote today:

I was exhausted, but I didn’t care.

Last line I wrote today:

‘I’ll take care of them.’

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