NaNoWriMo day #28

What a crazy week it’s been.  I have written 30,000 words in the last 6 days.   Below is a screenshot of my NaNo word tracker.  The tracking graph has just skyrocketed over the last week.  I’ve never written so much material in such a short time in my whole life.

I don’t know about you, but by the time I’ve written 5-6000 words in a sitting, I am exhausted.  I feel like my creative juices have dried up, and I have nothing left.  I only wrote 3300 or so today, but I am tired.  I’ve had a lot of late nights and early mornings this past week.  I have a TON I have to do at work tomorrow.  Plus, I have a meeting tomorrow evening that is going to take me away from writing for a few hours which means I’m going to have to get some of it done during the day.  The only way I’m going to make that happen is if I get an extra early start on my work in the morning so that by early afternoon I can be done to start writing.

I’m not going to lie to you, following through with this challenge this past week has been one of the biggest trials of my self-control and level of commitment ever.  I have wanted to quit SO many times.  Who would know if I fudged the numbers a little, right, as long as I write all the words (even if it’s after 11/30).  But, I just couldn’t let myself.

My family has sacrificed by not having me every night this week.  They are waiting for me to put up Christmas decorations.  My kids are having a hard time understanding why I have to write for several hours EVERY night after being gone all day at work.  But, I made myself a promise, and I’m too close to quit now.

I only have just under 6000 words to go, and 2 days to write it.  I’m gonna make it!!!

The biggest bummer is that i’m not even close to being done.  I thought for sure at the beginning of this month that I would tie up my novel by the time NaNo was over.  Not even close.  By the time I finish I’ll probably have another 25-40,000 words to go, easily.  That’s going to put my finished first draft manuscript at approximately 160,000-175,000 words.  That’s too long for an intro novel, so my rewrite is going to have to include some serious cutting.  I would like to get it down to the 135,000-150,000 range, but we’ll see how that goes.  In two days, my total novel word count will be at 145,000.


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 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!!!