Two weeks in the trenches.

… Wow, kind of hard to believe it’s only been about two weeks since the last update. Why? Because it’s been over two weeks since I entered the trenches of NaNoWriMo.

It feels like it’s been an eternity since I posted. Though in part, that’s because NaNo’s consumed my nights. What do I have to show for such time consumption? Over 25,400 words.  Yup, you read that right. That’s even after a lack-luster start due to ineffective writing practices which forced me to shake things up a bit.

Want proof? Okay, just keep in mind that the last bar is today and I haven’t written yet today.

 I’m not sure, but does it show where I suddenly found my new technique? That sudden jump in count was on a weekend, so that’s why there hasn’t been another like it yet. That said, guess what tomorrow is.

 It also helps that my story, Under A Falling Sky, is really coming along very nicely. The characters are getting deeper, the action is ramping up, truths are starting to come out, ect. Oh, and it’s also a good thing I didn’t outline much, considering I abandoned my mental one in chapter 2.

 So what is this amazing technique that scores me the progress each and every time? Well, for the low price of $14.95 it’s Google+ Hangouts. Seriously, this is actually a thing, especially during NaNo season.

 I’ve been in Hangouts with Jonathan Barton, Audrey Lee, and some regulars every night since I found out this trick. 15 minute muted writing sprints, 15 minute breaks, all captured with live video chat provided through Google’s Hangouts. Simple, yet extremely effective.

 So will this progress slow down? Highly doubtful. It might later on in the unforeseen future, but not for now. Progress is going too good, the company has been fantastic, and I’m falling in love with the story and the characters that inhabit it.

 For now, however, I’ll fall back into my reclusive silence as I survive the work days and the writing nights. Occasional posts might crop up on Google and such, but I’m mostly going to be writing my ass off or screwing off as a mental break. Until we get to the other side, however, ciao!

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