Okay, here is the update of the last two weeks of wordcount by day!
- Day 12: 34706
- Day 13: 38052
- Day 14: 40101
- Day 15: 40575
- Day 16: 43620
- Day 17: 50533
- Day 18: 51533
- Day 19: 58852
- Day 20: 72167 (this is what competitive all-day write-ins do for me)
- Day 21: 72601
- Day 22: 75088
- Day 23: 75174
- Day 24: 75215 (d’oh)
- Day 25: 75215
I was going for the write every day for 30 days participation badge. As you can see, I again didn’t make it this year.
In good news, I’ve passed the 50k mark for NaNoWriMo. In bad news, my day by day update will have to come tomorrow because a storm is giving us power troubles and it’s too difficult to do the daily breakdown by phone.
PS: The power outage friend the power supply on my desktop PC so the daily word counts update will be rolled into next Friday’s update. Stay tuned!
Well. It wasn’t a good week for NaNo or for anything else around here really. Normally I front-load pretty heavily, but it’s not supposed to be so that I can emotionally crash and burn during week two.
Still, I’m back to writing again, some days with more focus than others:
- Day 6: 20282
- Day 7: 25088
- Day 8: 25091 (“I am afraid.” Will be worked into the novel.)
- Day 9: 25092 (The single word this day was a swear, but I will also be working it into the novel)
- Day 10: 31293 (I made myself go to a write-in.)
- Day 11: 32454
I’m just now coming up on the half-way point of the book and getting to the part in my outline that is an absolute muddle. I have a write-in tomorrow, a write-in Monday, and then more write-ins going forward into the week. At this point I’m just going to let my characters take the wheel and hope they get me to the ending I picked out. If not there, I hope they get me to a good and interesting one instead.
Oops! I lost track of time and suddenly it’s Saturday! Here are my NaNo numbers for last week:
- 3995 (including a midnight write-in)
- 13175 (including a write-in)
- 13239 (burn out from the day before!)
So far I’m on track for meeting my stretch goal of writing the whole novel during November! Whee!
As I mentioned in my Monday post, I’m presently doing some recharging of my creative batteries. This doesn’t mean that I’m entirely inactive as a writer, though!
I’m catching up on some YA and short-story reading, preparing my talk for the CCWA (more on that in Monday’s post), and meeting with my resurrected writing group on Sunday. I’m also still trying to decide what to prep for NaNoWriMo. Right now, I’m leaning Plague Novel Sequel, though continuing or finishing the Touchdown novel is also a possibility.
The word counts mostly keep climbing! At this rate I will finish the book by the end of next week. This is a huge change from last year, where I was lucky to accomplish a chapter in a week.
What they say about writing is true: the more you do it, and the more disciplined you are about writing every day, the easier it gets.
- Day 14. 64642 (No increase from the 13th, I had a family birthday party.)
- Day 15. 66638
- Day 16. 69017
- Day 17. 70662
- Day 18. 72839
- Day 19. 75179
- Day 20. 77262
Now I’m going to spend some well-deserved time vacuuming my cats, or whatever other recharging-the-battery activities I choose to do tonight before my write-in tomorrow.
The word counts for this week make me feel really accomplished. They include my amazing Saturday at Go Green, Go Write:
- Day 7. 49,528 (after a 22k word day, the product of 12 hours with no distractions)
- Day 8. 53,662 (including a virtual write in)
- Day 9. 53,662 (spent the day fixing my outline, time line, and cast of characters)
- Day 10. 55,162
- Day 11. 57,210
- Day 12. 62,503 (included a 3 hour write in)
- Day 13. 64,642
So I’m feeling pretty accomplished!
So, I won the Capital City Writers’ Association‘s Go Green, Go Write event. This totally happened:
I also won a prepaid registration to Write on the Red Cedar, which is a local writers’ conference I was saving up to go to anyway, a $25 gift certificate the local bookstore (why couldn’t I have won this before I was there on Saturday!), and a new Kindle Fire.
The Kindle Fire is so shiny and chrome. The positive things about it are that it’s about 80% lighter than my very old android tablet that I use for checking books and other media out of the digital library, it loads my library page without crashing every five minutes when I’m trying to scroll because it doesn’t have enough RAM to process all of the photos, and I don’t have to jump through a bazillion hoops to actually read the books that I check out of said library account.
The downside is that it wanted me to put in all of my social media information, and then it didn’t automatically start up with a “set password” option. I instead had to dig it out of the Settings of the device. That’s bad news bears in terms of security.
I’m not going to make you guys wait for the word count it took me to win. I wrote 22,534 words on the Flight novel today. It’s about 22 of 42 chapters complete at this point, and I’m less than 500 words away from winning NaNoWriMo.* I’m glad I set a stretch goal for myself because my progress on this novel has been just crazy.
*I’ve been working on the ideas for this book since last November and I spent the entire month of October outlining, researching, and plotting, so don’t mistakenly think that just 7 days of work that went into this.
I’m totally killing NaNoWriMo. Remember the days when it took me 1 to 2 weeks to write a chapter? At this point I’m writing 1 to 2 chapters a day. Word counts follow:
- 8,183 (included a 12 am to 2 am write-in on the 1st)
- 24,633 (included an evening write-in)
At this point, I’m 16/42 chapters completed of my planned outline. There is no question in my mind that I’ll hit 50k words and “win” NaNoWriMo.
So I’m making a stretch goal for myself. I’m going to see if I can write the first draft of this entire novel in a month. It seems ambitious, but I think I can do it.
As for tonight, I’m taking the rest of the night off. I’m going to a 12 hour NaNoWriMo write-in and conference tomorrow, so I’m going to try to recharge the well a little before that.
Now with more preparation for NaNoWriMo! I’ve done a lot of thinking about my characters, plot, and setting, by which I mean lots of brainstorming and copious notes. I don’t have a lot of actual writing to show for it yet, but I hope that will change by next week.
I also have redrafted and final drafted my “Greed” short story, and I’m going to look for a market for that tonight. I’m going to have to compare the definitions of urban fantasy and magic realism to do that properly. I think this one qualifies as urban fantasy, but I want to make sure before I go to the trouble of submitting it. If I can’t get it out before I’m completely consumed by trying to write 2k words a day, that’s fine too.
And if market research doesn’t take me through until my brain is melted, I’m going to do more NaNoWriMo preparations, mostly fleshing out settings and characters even more. Which is amusing, because I’ll probably partially discovery write the characters, but it can’t hurt to have more planning done.
Edit to add: So, I did end up getting that submission done tonight. But apparently not before my brain melted. I did market research, checked a copy of the anthology on the front page of the website and read a couple of stories, decided it was worth a shot. Wrote up a cover letter, attached my story, hit send. Went to click away…
But wait. Squint at the top of the page. The editors on the byline different than the editors I titled the cover letter to. Are there different editors for each issue? Apparently.
So I’ll expect a rejection from them as well. Ah well. Tired writer problems.