Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NaNoWriMo Day 20

I did it. I conquered NaNoWriMo. Tonight's word count for the month: 50,534. And I did it all in 20 days.

I seriously am so happy right now I could squeal. I figured that I'd finish NaNo, because nothing bothers me more than a goal I didn't meet. But in 20 days? Wow. Just wow.

My personal goal for the month is 60k...totally attainable. But I'm going to allow myself to take a few days off to relax with my family. My husband's out of school for a few days and has no homework pressing to be completed, which means we finally get a few days to act like a real family. You know, one of those families where the Daddy is home at nights to tuck the kiddies into bed and where we can go do fun things like grocery shopping together and such. I'm pretty excited.

50k. 20 days. Wow. I'd like to thank my husband for watching the boys in his spare minutes so I could write like the wind, and the twins for taking naps long enough for me to pound out a few thousand words before they wake up.

All I can say is, I don't think I've never felt this proud of myself before. NaNoWriMo? Totally AWESOME. Total success.

I think I'm totally addicted. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 13

Since we're nearly half way into the month, I figured it was time that I give an update on NaNoWriMo. Things are going really well. I passed 35k this morning...yippee! It feels great to be ahead of schedule, since the next few weeks are going to be a little nuts.

I think GBI is going pretty well. I feel like I'm narrating and telling a lot instead of showing, but I know that the important thing is to get the first draft out, and then I can work on cleaning things up and making them shine. I am pretty excited because ywriter has been working FABULOUSLY for me. Each day I sit down, read the synopsis of what the scene is supposed to hold, and then get to work. It makes writing so much easier, and I don't think I'll ever write another way again. It was a lot more work on the front end, but I think it'll save me a lot of work when all is said and done. I feel like the plot is solid and (hopefully) there will just be cosmetic-type fixes in the revision process. I really want to get this book ready to submit before May.

I'm about 40% of the way through this first draft. That might be a problem I need to address in revisions. Currently, the book first draft will probably be somewhere around 125k words. That's a little bit long, but I don't know where I could possibly trim down information and still keep the story moving along.

It's Day 13 of NaNo, and so far it has been a huge success for me. I have LOVED being so dedicated to my craft and making writing a priority in my life. It's been great to get this first draft out so quickly. Now if I can just manage 802 words a day for the rest of the month, I should be a NaNo winner.

 Seems doable, don't you think? How's everyone else doing so far?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 1

Today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo. October is over, I have Halloween candy stashed in my candy bin, and now it is time to start writing! I used to think that November was like the worst month ever to do NaNo, but now, with my Halloween candy stash (er, I mean my kids' stash) I am starting to see the wisdom in picking November for NaNo.

For me, it's off to a good start. It's nearly noon, and already I've written 3,734 words today, folded two loads of laundry, and got Thing 1 and Thing 2 to take a nap. I have a final load of laundry in the wash (I should probably go put that in the dryer) and will hopefully get another 1,000-2,000 words written today. I do have 6 pages left to critique before meeting with my critique group tonight. But hubby is working late, which means after I get home I have a couple of hours to write before he gets here.

I've tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times before without success. But I've never actually registered for it (I didn't even know that was a thing until this year). I've never spent copious amounts of time prepping for NaNo (like I did this year). I've never come up with a plan. This year, my plan is to write 3k a day, 5 days a week. So taking off weekends and Thanksgiving, that gives me 21 days to write, which means I'll hit 63k by the end of the month. That gives me a 13k buffer if something goes wrong. (I do have a bridal shower I'm in charge of on Saturday that I should probably do some things for, after all. And I have that policy in which I force myself to complete all Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, because I totally hate shopping in holiday crowds.)

I can do this. I WILL conquer NaNo. I can't wait to see what this month brings!