NaNoWriMo Day 27: Crossing the 50,000-word mark

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So I hit 50,161 words a few minutes ago. Despite what the certificate above suggests, I know the novel isn’t done. In fact, I just stopped in the middle of a scene because it is getting late. I’ve been busy writing the past few weeks, so haven’t been keeping up with blogging about the writing. But this feels good.

Still, I think I have about another 30,000 words to go until this draft is done, so maybe December will be National Novel Draft Completion Month, and then next few months after that will be all about the revision.

Thanks for reading along!


NaNoWriMo Day 11

img_1426Words for the day: 1,441

Total words: 19,863

Not much to say. I may have crossed a threshold, and figured something out.

Now saving my words for the NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Days 7–10

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Words for Day 7: Zero

Words for Day 8: 1,573

Words for Day 9: 3,542

Words for Day 10: 4,595

Total words: 18,422

Late fall deep freeze crept in over the last few days, and I ran out of steam (or was it time) for any writing on Day 7. So it was an accidental day off; however, a little brain rest can always be helpful.

I spent some of my writing time over the last few days doing something I’m not sure I was supposed to be doing during NaNoWriMo, considering one of the mantras of the month is to write, write, write, always moving forward to get more words down. I went back and did a little editing, adding and expanding on earlier sections.

Yes, there definitely was a net gain, but I did have to delete some words. It felt very much not in the spirit of the month when, after about an hour of writing and getting down a few hundred (maybe almost 1,000) words, I removed some of the no longer relevant passages and found myself suddenly at a net zero.

Words, they come and go. Oh, well.


NaNoWriMo Day 6

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Words for the day: 1,477

Total words: 8,712

Still behind the NaNo schedule, but I’m happy with the day’s results. One of the things that I reminded myself to do tonight is give a scene a chance to breathe. So I went back a few paragraphs from where I had left off last night, and realized that I needed to break up a character’s paragraph-long quote. That allowed that character to test and measure other characters’ reactions to what she was saying, as well as allowing other characters to say things — thus slightly changing the direction of the conversation as I had written it yesterday (characters! with their own thoughts!).

Perhaps most importantly, it allowed me the space to insert moments in which my main character could witness, think, and evaluate things. This, I think, will deepen a reader’s understanding and empathy for the main character, and it allowed a quick flashback for some background information that deepens the history of the main character.

So in some ways, I ended my writing session by getting back to where I had left off the night before, but I put down a lot of important words that lets the story breathe and the characters express their lives in new ways.

A good writing session.

NaNoWriMo Day 5

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So Tuesday turned out to be a tough day. I squeezed out only 320 words, before I was just too tired. (even this post is a day late)

New total: 7,235 (just 42,765 to go!)

More tonight, I hope.

NaNoWriMo Day 4

Total words for Monday: 1,186

Project total so far: 6,915

Back to work — it’s the first Monday of NaNoWriMo! — so I expected to get fewer words down. According to the NaNoWriMo 50,000-word challenge, the daily average is 1,667 — so at least for today I am a little bit above average. I expect that to slip a bit.

With the writing, though, I think I still know what’s going on — so that’s a good thing.

NaNoWriMo Day 3: Time shift edition

Total words for Sunday: 2,826

Project overall: 5,729

So I think I’m sort of back on track, though even having that extra hour always throws me a little of whack. I think I probably should’ve been able to churn out more words today.

Work week returns tomorrow (Monday), and I expect my daily average to dwindle a little.

Good luck to the other NaNoWriMo-ers out there doing this amid full-time jobs and full-time life things!

NaNoWriMo Day 2: The Lure of Research

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Saturday. Word count: 1,981. Now I’m behind. It’s my weekend, so I was planning on cranking out some words, but I read what I wrote yesterday and knew it could be better, so I worked on that — adding some, deleting a lot of others, but after about 90 minutes I think I netted a solid dozen words that I could add to today’s count.

Then it was time to plunge forth, and I did for a while, until I wanted to learn one small thing, a tiny detail or two, that Google could help me with …

Two hours (and a lunch) later, no knew words, and I still hadn’t quite found the right fact (though I did find something else entirely, and that went right in the manuscript for +25 words). Thing is, I love looking stuff up. I love being able to find the right fact to make my fiction ring true. As a former newspaper copy editor, looking stuff up was most of the job (the rest was more or less just memorizing and implementing AP style, as well as numerous local variants).

Here’s hoping tomorrow goes better. And thank you to all the fellow writers and NaNoWriMo-ers who checked out yesterday’s post. Great to be part of a creative community, joined through the inter-webs.

NaNoWriMo total word count: 2,908

In other words, I’m already behind. Yikes!

Day 1: NaNoWriMo and Me

For the first time, I’m doing it. NaNoWriMo, that is.

My plan: Expand on a pair of short stories that are linked with at least 50,000 new words.

Who else has done it? How’d it go for you?

At the end of Day 1, I’ve logged about 970 words in about 90 minutes of writing. Only about 49,030 words to go.

Felt good. I tried, and failed, not to edit and re-edit a few sentences. Trying to get into the frame of mind of just putting words down.

Wish me luck.