NaNoWriMo Day #7

Daily Writing Goal: 1667 words

Actual Words Written: 2077 words

Total Words Written: 13508 words

First, I just wanted to thank all those who read my last post.  I enjoyed your comments and “likes.”  It’s great to meet fellow writers and discover your blogs.

This has been an interesting NaNo for me.  As you know, I got a slow start.  I’ve already missed 2 of the 7 days because of (1: having to spend a day rereading material to get caught up, and 2: giving tours at an open house and then watching the presidential election).

Fortunately, the material has been flowing nicely, and I’m able to build a cushion each day I write.  In fact, of the 5 days I’ve actually written, I’ve always had more than the daily goal.  I typically try to write 2500 words at a sitting.  Right now my daily average for the 7 days is 1930 words a day, but that’s with actually only writing 5 of the 7 days.  My actual average for days written is 2691 words per day.  I can live with that.

It’s been so nice writing again.  I forget how much I love it.  For those of you who don’t know, I am an attorney by day.  While I enjoy what I do some days, many days I don’t.  My whole life I’ve wanted to be a professional writer.  Now that I’m writing again and loving it so much, it makes me realize how great it would be to be able to shut the door to my law practice forever and pursue my dream every single day.  I’m hoping this will give me the push I need to do it.

I’m on track to have my entire first draft completed at the conclusion of this month.  That is an overwhelmingly exciting thought to me.  The thought of finishing the first draft and actually being able to edit and rewrite is intoxicating.  That would put me so much closer to my goal of actually submitting this book for publication (which brings up an interesting point).

We are at an interesting fork in the road, if you will, from a publishing standpoint.  The invention of the eReader has made self publishing so much easier than it ever was before.  In fact, a person can epublish their own works for pretty much nothing.  No out-of-pocket outlay for production costs, inventory storage and shipping, etc.  But, the problem with that is that everyone is doing it.  There are so many BAD books being published filled with poor writing, spelling errors, etc., all the stuff that a good editor can help you find and fix.

I have no doubt that at some point in my career I will self publish my own writing, even if just little side novellas.  But, I have always wanted to see my books on the shelves at Barnes and Noble.  I’ve always wanted to sit at a table at a book signing with fans lined up to meet me.  That’s something you just don’t get if you don’t use a traditional publisher.

I’m obviously not the expert on this, and lots others have WAY more experience than I do. But those are my thoughts as of today.  Of course, I am a lawyer.  “I reserve the right to amend” is a phrase I use often.

What are your thoughts with your writing?  Epub?  Traditional publishing house?  I’d be interested to hear.

NaNoWriMo (day 11)

Goal:     1667

Written: 5465

Total NaNoWriMo words:  32720

 

Unbelievable day.  I hit my highest word count to date writing 5465 words.  I got into the groove this evening and just did not stop.  The material flowed well.  A couple big events happened, and some unanticipated scenes popped up.  I’ve been looking forward for a long time to get my party into the forest.  They have to travel through this very old, dangerous forest.  I’ve been looking forward to this part from the beginning of my story.

For the last three days I’ve been trying to get them into it, but things keep cropping up.  In fact, so determined was I when I finished last night that I left a cliffhanger line for today about them stopping just shy of the wall of trees.

Then, unbeknownst to me, something came up that had to be dealt with right then.  A small but semi important reveal occurred, an unexpected creature, and an unanticipated visit from a magical assassin.  Needless to say, 5465 words later and they’re still camped just outside the wall of trees.

I mean, c’mon.  What do I have to do to get them into the forest?  Tomorrow FOR SURE.

That’s the best part about being a discovery writer.  I would still very much like to learn how to outline a novel.  But, having never seen a full novel outlined, it’s hard for me to imagine the scope of it in any practical sense.  So, I’ll just keep doing what I do, and it seems to be working.

The best part is that I think I’ve finally figured out how this book is going to end.  I’ve been wondering that since day one.  And, honest for true, I haven’t known.  I’ve mulled over several possibilities, none of which fit.  But, I think I finally see where the story is going.  From here, I could pretty much map out the rest of the book.  I’m at 77224 total words.  I was shooting for 125,000 words.  I’m afraid, and my alpha readers are telling me, there’s no way I’m finishing shy of 150,000.  We’ll just have to see.  I hope that’s not the case, but what are you gonna do?

Well, I better jet.  I still have writing group stuff to look at, and a little tv to watch to wind down for the night.

More to come soon.

Also, thank you to my newest followers.  I appreciate your support.  Tell your friends.  Come back often.

NaNoWriMo (day 10)

Goal:       1667

Written:  4034

Total NaNoWriMo Words:  27255

Total Novel Words:  71759

 

Sorry for the missed day yesterday.  I think I’m coming down with a bit of a cold.  I was so tired last night that I almost didn’t even give it an attempt.  But, I committed, and so I forced myself to put my butt in the chair and hands on the keyboard.

I stared at the screen for a long time before I got a few words written.  I ended up writing 1115 words last night before I finally gave up.  Those took me over an hour.  At one point (this is the honest truth), I actually dozed off with my hands still on my keyboard.  That’s when I knew enough was enough.  So, I went to bed, too tired to even update my blog.

Today I was feeling pretty tired too.  My throat’s been a little sore all afternoon after a few long phone calls I was on at work.  I was nervous I was going to have a repeat of last night, and so I jumped on the computer much earlier than normal.  If my body was going to crash out early on me, then i was going to get as much written as possible.

It was actually a bit of a slow start, and then things took off.  I created a new character element to one of my villains that I wasn’t expecting and is going to be really fun to write.  I also went back and made a slight tweak to something I wrote a few days ago that’s been buggin me.  I know.  I know.  This is not the time for rewrites.  But once I realized in my head how it needed to be, I had to go back and fix it or else it wouldn’t have meshed with the way that particular issue is going to be handled from here on out.  So, sue me.

Other than that, things went great.  i banged out 4034 words in a short amount of time.  When you combine that with my measly 1115 from yesterday, I still end up with 2550 words per day averaged over the two days.  In other words, in one sitting I got all my words for today PLUS made up all the lost time from yesterday and then some.  VERY happy about that.

My overall average for 10 days is 2725 words per day.  I couldn’t be happier.  I included a screenshot of my NaNoWriMo states graph for your viewing enjoyment.  The brown lines represent my word count each day  The gray horizontal lines are the word benchmarks.  The grey dotted diagonal line represents where my brown lines (words written) need to be each day in order to reach 50000 words by day 30.  So, as you can see, I’m WAY ahead of the game.  I’m not supposed to reach 30000 words until day 18, and I’ll hit it on day 11 (tomorrow).

K, gotta run.

More tomorrow!

PS, Thanks to my new followers.  I appreciate your following my journey.  Tell your friends!!!

 

NaNoWriMo (day 8)

Goal:       1667

Written:  3144

Total: 22106 in 8 days

 

Just a quick update tonight.  I’m slowly but surely increasing my daily average.  I’ve been trying for 2500 a day so that I could punch out 75,000 words this month.  My average is up to 2763.25 words per day, which is really good considering day one was only 738 words.

I’m trying to build in a cushion just in case something happens and I have to miss a day or two later on.

Today’s writing was difficult.  it didn’t flow nearly as well as the last couple days.  i fear this scene will need to be heavily rewritten when I come back around to it.  It’s a necessary transition, but I still think it can be written better than what I did tonight.

Plus, I’m FREAKING tired.  I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open.  So, I’m off to bed.  I just wanted to throw out a quick update.  My total novel word count is now 66610.  I can’t believe it.  If I’m shooting for a 125k novel, that’s essentially the halfway point.  If I keep up my pace, I’ll be all but finished by the end of the month.  That’s a terrifyingly fun thought!

Also, Brandon Sanderson’s Alloy of Law came out today.  I’m so busy with writing that I haven’t even had the time to buy it, and I definitely don’t have time to read it.  DANG IT!

Until next time…

NaNoWriMo (day 7)

Goal:        1667

Words Written:  3434

 

What a day.  Today was a repeat of yesterday.  I got home from work tired, had dinner and then went shopping with the family.  By the time we got back, it was late, and we had to get kids into bed.  I was tired and at 10:00 laid down in my bed with serious thoughts of giving up for the day.  One missed day isn’t going to kill me right?  I mean, c’mon, I am over 5,000 words ahead of schedule.

WRONG

I committed to write every single day.  And, by golly, unless i’m sick or dying or bleeding out my eyes or fingers (well, I could probably put band aids on if it was just my fingers), I’m going to follow through with that committment.  So, I watched a quick show to get my mind relaxed and at 11:00 sat down to start writing.

I’ve been excited to write today’s scene because I knew it would involve a fight scene (an assassination attempt) as well as the first real use of magic in the book).  So, I was looking forward to writing it and finding out what happened.  But, at the same time, I attacked it with some trepidation because I wasn’t quite sure HOW to write a fight scene, having never really done a detailed one before.  But, once I started writing, the words flowed.  I didn’t even know this was coming but was sad to find out that two characters died in the scene.  I wasn’t planning on it when the scene started.  But, I didn’t have any choice.  The story goes where the story goes.

Anyway, I exceeded my already increased goal by almost a thousand words.  I’m very happy with that.  I’m trying to build up a nice cushion in case I do actually end up bleeding out my eyes or being sick or dying later on in the month and have to take a day off.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that that doesn’t actually happen though.

I also went to the store today and bought several big white poster boards which I am going to tack to the walls in my office.  I’m going to make several charts for the story (characters, plot lines, etc.) so I have some visual reminders as I write.  There are too many characters now for me to remember all their names.  I was planning on doing that tonight but that this point, I’m just glad I even wrote at all.  So, hopefully tomorrow I can spend some time on that.  And, let’s not forget that I still need to read my dang book to get caught back up.  I need more hours in a day!!!

More soon!

NaNoWriMo (day 6)

Goal:  1667

Written: 4383

 

Just a quick update today.  I wasn’t feeling very good this evening and had a major headache about 6:00 or so.  I took some Tylenol and tried to take a nap to sleep it off.  Didn’t work.

I actually considered not writing at all tonight because I just wasn’t feeling well.  But, finally about 9:00 or so, I started feeling better and by 10 it was gone.  So, I sat down at my computer and forced myself to write even though i wanted to go to bed.  I’ve never been under such a tight goal or deadline before with my writing.  This has actually been a really good experience for me.

Anyway, I was already having a hard time from the night before because I was coming into a scene that I wasn’t sure how to write, and I was dreading it.  But, when I sat down, it just started flowing.  Before I knew it I had written through the part I thought would be hard and had gone much, much further.  A new piece of information revealed itself that I wasn’t expecting in the story which was fun.  By the time I was done I had written 4383 words.  I would have kept going but I have to be up early tomorrow.  So, I found a breaking point and stopped.  Tomorrow brings a really cool action/magic scene that I’ve been looking forward to for several days now.  Should make for some fun, but challenging writing.

Even with a meager 738 days on day one, I’ve now raised my 6 day average to 2588 words.  As long as I stay above 2500, I’ll make my 75,000 word goal.  AMAZING!!!