Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 30 of NaNoWriMo

This is it...the finale...did you meet your goal? I did and I won't even have to burn the midnight oil to make it.

Here are a few things I learned about my writing during the course of the month:

I can write about 725 words per hour.
I'm more dedicated to getting my writing finished if I have limited time to work on it. Every weekend tripped me up on my word count goals (although that might have something to do with all the activities in November).
It's easier to work from a loose chapter by chapter outline (never thought this panster would admit that).
I'm finding it easier to write longer chapters.
Writing 1000 words a day really adds up and is a very managable number.

If you met your goal, CONGRATULATIONS!

If your still working on it, keep going because there are still a few hours left in November-YOU CAN DO THIS!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 29 of NaNoWriMo

Yikes! Where did the month go? Two days left to go on the National Novel Writing Month. It seems like I just started, celebrating that I made my word count three days in a row and then...it got dicey but I managed to make up word count to catch up with my daily goals....three different times during the month.

So as of today, I'm right on track. I've muddled through the middle of the book, trying to keep it exciting, thinking I didn't manage it, wondering if I should just stop, pushing to get enough word count per scene to make a chapter, thinking I'd come up short words at the end and you know what? I have just under 2000 words left to reach goal and the final chapter scene to write...and now I'm thinking.....

I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH WORDS! When I started the project, my feeling was I'd have all the scenes, all the chapers in place and be short on my word count goal. So I learned something new about my writing self, I can write a longer book!

I think I'm finishing strong...how's it going with your NaNoWriMo project?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fun Friday

Here's a couple of pictures from a recent writer's get together that I attended. We toured the Fort Crook House in Omaha, NE.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Taking a break from the blog....but not the writing!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Word Count Wednesday

I am just keeping close to my daily word count goals. I'm at 25244 words for the month of November.

After another day, chapter nine will be finished and I'll be working on the last chapter to get the book wrapped up. Then I'll start the fun of revising it in a good book!

So, I'm on the down stretch of the project and the down stretch of NaNoWriMo. I hope I can keep the momentum going right up until the end of the month.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23 of NaNoWriMo

Sadly, I'm still behind but only by about 450 words. I'm hoping to catch them up today.

On Facebook, many of my author friends have posted their daily word count. Yesterday one group was trying for a 1000 words an hour! Wow, if you could keep up that pace for all day, you could get a good chapter or two completed. Perhaps one day this weekend I should try it? I can do about 1000 word in an hour and half if I KNOW what scene I'm supposed to be writing.

But what a wonderful exercise this month is for writer's and how creative are the writer's who come up with these daily "word contests" to urge themselves on!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 22 of NaNoWriMo

Whew! I was behind on my word count until Saturday. By early Saturday afternoon, I'd topped out over 2200 words. I was feeling good...not many words left to go and chapter would be "in the can" and I'd be under 10,000 words to go!

Then yesterday hit...a busy day away from home. By the time I did arrive at home it was 8:30pm and I just wasn't in the mood to write so now I'm right back to where I was on Saturday morning.

BUT I am through the muddy middle of the book and heading toward the home stretch where everything hinges on that one dark moment. At this point, I can see the light in the tunnel but my hero & heroine can't!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Friday

Oops! Last week I posted out of order!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18 of NaNoWriMo

Okay...I'm behind. Why? There are two reasons, no not excuses, reasons!

First, I voluntered to lead the service at my church on Sunday and had to stop and write a message for the service. Which I'm not finished with yet. Unfortunately by doing that it cut into my novel's writing time. Time is such a HUGE factor in a writer's life with a day job.

Second, when I met with a group of writer's on Monday, this event came up and TWO other writer's voiced a thought that I've had for years concerning NaNoWriMo...WHY ON EARTH DID THEY CHOSE NOVEMBER???? The busier month than November is December! Quite frankly some years I have chose to not even try to do NaNoWriMo because of the month of the event but I think I may have answer to that question.

It is a busy month but if YOU are serious about writing this is a great month to show how serious you are by participating and meeting your goals despite all the events going on around you.

Anyone agree? Disagree?

Word Count Wednesday!

This time a whole day late!

My word count for the month is: 17953!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 16 of NaNoWriMo

Do you notice a pattern in my daily posts? They keep getting later and later and later in the day. That's because I'm really trying to make an effort to get the needed daily words written before I write blog posts, visit other blogs, answer emails.

And so far, it's working. I'm happy to report that I'm back on track with my daily word count and actually over by a few words. This panster has a confession to make...it's much easier to meet my word count goals during this year's NaNoWriMo because I have a chapter outline to follow. I don't have to rack my brain for what should come next in the story...I know.

However, my heroine has surprised me with a revelation in chapter five and I'm finding that I'm having to adjust the chapter outline. I bulked up the middle of my book to avoid a sagging middle and I can tell it's just too much to fit in the word count guidelines of the book.

Believe me, I'll have a lot of revision work to do but I'm going to have a good frame work of a book come November 30th!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15 of NaNoWriMo

Okay, this is posting before I can actually see what day 15 brings but this must be said...I have way more free time on the weekends YET that is when I fall behind on my NaNoWriMo word count goals.

I thought the past two weekends that I would gain word count but nope, I fell behind. This weekend is worst than last weekend. All I can figure out is I work better under pressure....

Let's hope my Tuesday post brings me up to date on the word count!

The good news is, I almost have chapter six finished!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11 of NaNoWriMo

I am over the half way point of my total word count for the rough draft of my inspirational romance. Granted, I went to the month with 14,400 written words.

I also roughly plotted out ten chapters for the book and I am a third of the way through the sixth chapter so I am past the half way point on the book.

Now, I know that I have some errors in time placement and I think I don't have the hero and heroine in enough scenes together so my internal editor is niggling me to stop typing words and go back and edit what I've written. Which is a no-no during NaNo!

The actual point of NaNo is to WRITE and not edit so I'm forging on hoping that I'm getting some type of frame work down that can be revised and polished into a publishable book.

BTW I did get one surprise...my heroine let me know just why she was acting the way that she was. Who knew? I guess she did!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Word Count Wednesday

My word count total for the month of November is 10,814!!!!

Day 9 of NaNoWriMo

I know I forgot to get my blog post written and posted yesterday. I was too busy trying to find the time to get my daily word count in. I felt like a phoney after I'd dedicated my blog to time management for writer's a couple of months ago.

But my day was so busy. I was busy at my day job so I ate lunch at my desk and worked through breaks, then a wonderful opportunity came up to meet with other writers on the 15th but that required time to email and work through various schedules, of course at home there is always work to do, dinner, dishes, cleaning and our weather was a balmy 68 degrees so the hubby & I wanted to take advantage of it and walk outside. What do you think happened on our walk? I ran into a high school classmate/friend, so we chatted for a while before resuming the walk and I'm thinking...there goes my word count for today. How did I let time slip through my fingers?

At 7:40pm, I decided to get ready for bed then see how many words I could add to my WIP between 8:30 and 10:00. I moved to a quiet room and when I stopped writing at 10, I was only a 134 words away from my daily writing goal of 1050 words!

Needless to say...I finished getting the last 134 words done before hitting the hay!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 8 of NaNoWriMo

Eight days into the whorl wind of writing month and I'm happy to say...I was on track through the 7th day! I've yet to write one word today but the day isn't over yet.

I did get off track over the weekend only producing about 500 words on Saturday but I managed to make up for it yesterday. It worked out great because I'd discovered that I had three scenes in a chapter and none of them were the hero's point of view so I wanted to change that but wasn't sure how. Just before I dropped to sleep on Saturday, I figured out what I needed to do!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day Four of NaNoWriMo

I don't remember if I shared how many words per day that I need to write to complete the rough draft of my NaNoWritMo project. I'm trying to get to 45,000 words by the end of the month. I had three chapters completed at just over 14,000 words. So my daily word count goal is 1050 words per day.

A very doable number. And so far so good, as you can tell by my word count reporting yesterday.

However, today, I found myself wasting an hour that I could have been writing. Not that I didn't write and complete my word count goal. I did but I didn't put the writing first...In my opinion some of the process of writing a novel in a month is to make the writing a priority. Because if you don't make your writing a priority you will never get a book written.

Word Count Wednesday

My word count for the month is 3210.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


In case you didn't notice that I changed my profile picture to my book cover....here it is!

Monday, November 1, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

It's that time of year again for aspiring or established novelists to join other aspiring or established novelist in writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I have never officially registered for this event however, I have participated...albeit with a little cheating. My first children's non-fiction book that had a very tight deadline was written as a NaNoWriMo project. This year the remainder of my WIP, a romance novel, will be my November project.

So this month will be dedicated to my progress or lack there of in completing a rough draft of a novel in a month!

 See website here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/.