400 Words, 7,467 Total

7:30 – Ack! I believe the NaNoWriMo website is down! The horror!

Another, Ack! My grammar! It’s atrocious. Not editing is killing me, but I guess it keeps me moving forward instead of focusing on the behind parts.

8:09 – I’m procrastinating like a mother. Still haven’t written anything yet. MUST WRITE.

8:16 – Plugged in and ready to go. I really wish that my keyboard keys glew (glew? glowed?) in the dark.

9:04 – 394 words and I’m fading fast. Going to take a short break, drink some water. Take a shower and then start Chapter Two.

9:35 – I can’t think how to begin the second chapter. What do I want to happen? I have this chapter and perhaps one more before Mark leaves everything behind. I wanted to make it at least to the first week’s goal of words before I switched gears and sent Mark on his way. That would be about 12,000 words in.

So what to do? So far, his father’s come home (to live) and Mark’s mother never told him. It’s been over a year since the day his father was kicked out, but Mark still isn’t talking to him, so this is a pretty huge deal. Mark’s mother tries to rationalize his decision in a terrible “make up” conversation with her son and Mark leaves, waking up at 4am in his car at the beach and in trouble with the security guards.

What happens next? I thought about starting the chapter at the therapist. Or do I have him staying at his aunt’s house? Or do I have him at home, not really talking to his mom, nor his dad and … this sounds terrible. I think I’m going to start the chapter at the therapist. With a combination of that last one.

The most fun bits to write so far have been the description of the LIRR and my description Ocean Parkway. I’m sure this will never get published, but I think it’s important. To capture things as they are. Paint the place you live as it is so it’s never forgotten.

I have to put this down for the night.

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