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 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 5)

Writing Goal:     1667

Words Written:  2786

% of Goal:        167%

Wow, what a roller coaster of a day.  Because it’s Saturday, I had grand plans of getting a lot of my book read and then writing a ton.  As usual, life kept me busy throughout the day.  I did sit down to start writing earlier, though, and forced out 800 words or so.  I took a break and then got back after it a couple of hours later and finally got to 1250 words.

Now, so you know, even though the NaNoWriMo goal is 1667 words for a grand total of 50,000, I’ve decided to do 2500 a day and get 75000 on the month.  I was just under 50,000 words on my book when I started, and so I figure that 75k will put me at the 125k mark which is right about where I need to be (sorry for the repeat, but in case you missed it before. . . . )  But, I digress.

That first 1250 words today was like pulling teeth.  There was nothing particularly difficult about the scene I was writing other than I just had a hard time getting it out.  It’s amazing how difficult it can be to portray naturally scenes which play out so easily in our minds.  So, at the 1250 mark I went out and rested on the couch for a few minutes talking with my wife.  I had serious thoughts of giving up for the night.  I mean, c’mon, I have a cushion built up at this point.  I’m way ahead of where I should be a couple days from now, so a short day isn’t going to kill me.  But, I made myself a promise that I’d do at least 2500 a day.  So, I forced myself to get up and head back into my office.  It was literally an effort of sheer will.

I sat down and looked at my keyboard wondering how I was going to trudge out another 1250 words.  So, I started writing, and then it happened.

I’m what you call a discovery writer.  I don’t outline.  I don’t plan.  I just write and the story unfolds itself.  So, I get as excited as the next guy when something cool happens I wasn’t planning on.  That’s what happened here.  All of a sudden this really cool thing happened which led to another and another.  Before I knew it my 1250 words had more than doubled to 2786.  I finally had to stop to do some other things and decided that was a good stopping point for the night.  What’s really great is that one of the big ideas that unfolded itself is just screaming to be written down as soon as I open my laptop tomorrow.  I imagine that little scene will take up half of my entire allotment tomorrow.  And, from there, my story goes down a path I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time.  The next couple days of writing are going to be challenging but extremely fun.  I can’t wait.

I think I said this yesterday, but I’ll say it again.  Committing to do NaNoWriMo has been one of the best things for my writing that I’ve ever done.  it has forced me to get Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard (BICHOK – as the Writing Excuses guys like to say.  You can listen to that episode HERE).  By the time this month is over, I should have my first draft extremely close to completion.  That will be, as my son and I like to say, PURE RADNESS!

Well, there’s my update!

NaNoWriMo (day 4)

Just a quick update.

The story is flowing along nicely.  I’ve had such a lag in time since I was last writing heavily that I’ve forgotten too many of the details.  I’m now over the 50,000 word mark for the story, and so I can’t remember a lot of things.  I’m putting it onto my iPad as we speak so that I can spend some time tonight and tomorrow rereading so I can get back up to speed on the nitty-gritty.

As I mentioned yesterday, the goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in the month, or 1,667 words a day.  Other than the very first day, I have written 2500 or more words every day.  I’ve made this my new goal instead of the 1667.  If I keep that pace up, I’ll have written 75000 words before the month is up.  Nothing to shake a stick at.  That will put me at almost 125k on the whole, and I think that from there I should be able to easily push towards the finish around the 150k word mark.  Very excited at the thought of actually getting the first draft wrapped up.  This project has been a dream of mine for a VERY long time.

For today, I wrote 2,550 words for a grand total in 4 days of 8,359 words.  It’s amazing to think about.

I’ve found myself in a few writing situations where I just wasn’t sure the best way to actually put a description down or handle a dialogue, so I’ve had to do a little research reading (poor me, right?).  WRONG.  Not when the research reading is The Way of Kings, Book One of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.  If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out.  You can read sample chapters here.  It’s amazing what a truly gifted storyteller like him can do.

I realize I’m going to have a ridiculous rewrite/edit ahead of me.  But, I’m taking everyone’s advice and NOT going back right now in the middle to do that.  I’m going to power through and finish my first draft and THEN work on a rewrite.  The thought of actually finishing this and getting it submitted for publication is exciting beyond measure!