Monthly Archives: November 2007

NaNoWriMo (End of Day 25)

Yesterday, I reached the end of my outline.  I wrote 'The End' and called it a night, with only 1822 new words.  I became… depressed.  I know I have plot holes, since the outline shifted a bit during the writing, and my word count isn't where I wanted it to be.  True, I didn't think I'd hit 50,000 words, but once I did, I planned for 85,000 words this month.

I just ran out of plot.

I think I'm feeling down because I really expected to go all out all month, and now I'm done early, and I can't do that.  I'm not sure.  Anyway, I'll write up notes on where I know I made mistakes, and maybe what I should do to fix them, and then I'll put the manuscript in a drawer for a couple of months to give myself some separation.  After that, back at it with heavy duty revisions.  Maybe actually turn this pile of mess into something readable!

NaNoWriMo has been a sort of epiphany for me.  Yes, I got serious about my writing about three years ago, and yes, I did a lot of work in that time.  But Nano showed me how much work I could actually do, and the quality really isn't that bad for a first draft.  My total for the month then is 69,419 words in 24 days.  And I'm really happy about that.

Now, with Nano out of the way, I need to set my sights on my next project.  I'm not sure if I'll return to Anshi right away, but we'll see.

I do have some software in mind, but I'm worried that going back to writing software will hurt my writing.  Although both are creative, programming is creative in an entirely different way than writing, and I don't want to mess up at this point. 

NaNoWriMo (Start of Day 20)

Well, it's just after eight in the morning, and I've got 1,819 words done so far.  Getting up early in the morning is great!

After I hit the Nano 50,000 mark, I had a hard time getting back into it.  Hitting 50K was hard, what the hell was I thinking?  But I put my butt into the chair and got to work.  I'm now just over 57K because of it.  Go me!

I seem to have another problem though.  I'm churning through my scenes way too fast.  A scene that I thought would be about 1500 words turned out to be slightly less than 950.  That's a huge difference, and may affect my final word count.  Now, granted, I tend to write fairly lean and add description later, but that's not what I've been doing with the first 50K.  Why the change?  I dunno, maybe because some of the pressure is off.

At any rate, I'm forging ahead.  With some luck, by early to mid December I'll be able to put the first draft to bed and let it sit for a couple of months before I start revisions. 

NaNoWriMo (End of Day 17)

Well, I've done it.  Averaging about 1149 words per hour over 17 days, I have completed my first ever NaNoWriMo.  I have, to say the least, surprised the hell out of myself.  I didn't think I was going to get 50,000 words on 30 days, never mind 17.

Over the last 17 days, my typing speed has increased a tad, with the sad side effect of my spelling becoming the worst I've ever seen.  It seems my fingers don't move fast enough for the words to come out right.  I think I can live with that.

Even though, officially, I have completed Nano, I've decided that I'm going to keep on going until the end of the month.  If I maintain this rate, I should have close to 90,000 words by then.  Pretty much a complete novel.  But, now that the pressure is off, I also plan on actually cleaning the house, cooking some real meals, and generally keeping things nicer for the family.  They have, for the most part, been very supportive.

All I can say is… WOW! 

I laughed so hard…

This is not some of the stuff I usually have on my blog, but laughed so hard, I had to post about it.

Back on September 7th, I post a video from you tube.  Here it is again…


Well, today I saw a spoof on it.  Here it is.  Watch the one above first!

NaNoWriMo (Start of day 13)

Let's try this again.  WordPress seems to have misplaced my previous attempt at this post.

Nano is starting slow down.  It's become a bit of a slog to sit down every morning and get the words out.  It hasn't helped that I ran out of detailed design and had to sit down with the  outline to figure out where I had to go.

I've heard the the 2nd/3rd weeks of Nano can be a bit of a slog, and I'm feeling it.  My morale is still high, but we'll see how long that lasts.

I've introduced all the major characters now, and have three potential antagonists.  I'm keeping the real antagonist a bit of a secret, hoping to throw a wrench into the works in later chapters.

Must… keep… word… count… up… 

NaNoWroMo (End of day 10)

It's been a few days since I updated the blog with my Nano progress.  Overall, I'm ahead of the game.  If I stay at my current pace, I should reach the 50,000 word mark around November 20th.  If I continue to the end of the month, I should have a little over 80,000 words. We'll see what happens.

The last few days have been interesting, I went through a major slump a few days back.  I'd written up to the point of my outline, and all I had left were single line descriptions of some scenes.  Not exactly what I wanted to happen, but I was expecting it. Just not so soon.  It all resulted in a couple of really tough days, but I managed to work past that, and things went good today.

I am, however, out of detailed scenes again.

I'll spend a bit of Sunday morning fleshing things out a bit more, and the rest of the day trying to hit a high word count. 

NaNoWriMo (End of Day 7)

Today was a good day.  The word count was pretty good, but what really made it nice is that the words seemed to flow again.  I guess I just like writing action scenes better than anything else.  I'm averaging about 1100 words per hour, and 2800 words per day.  Which comes out to 2.5 hours per day.  Of course, those calculations take into account Saturday and Sunday, when I put in maybe 15 minutes combined.  An off the cuff estimate would be closer to 3.5 hours a day of actual writing.

I'm using this NaNoWriMo SpreadSheet to track everything.  I wish I could remember where I got it, so I could give credit where credit is due.  If you know where it came from, let me know!


NaNoWriMo (End of day 5)

Whew, today was a tough day.  I'm not sure if it was because I pretty much had the weekend of and was having problems getting back into the swing of thing, or what.  I'm still happy with the characters so far, as well as the plot, but each word seemed to be struggle.  I'd get five words onto the screen and then go back and edit four of them.

Still, progress has been made.  I got 2469 words done today, which still gives me an average of 2521 words per day, which is where I had wanted to be.  Still, I've heard about the week 2 and 3 'death marches', and I would really prefer to be much further ahead before any of that stuff hits me.