NaNoWriMo: The Final Mile

There are 3 days left in November and my word count is sitting at 30,083 words when it should be 45,000 I’ve had a few off days and a few days where I’ve not been able to write due to social commitments, but I’ve written more than 3 times what I’ve ever written for NaNoWriMo in the past.

It would be very easy at this point to just rest on my laurels and say I did my best, maybe next year I’ll finish. I’m not going to do that though, I’m going to keep at it as much as I can, unfortunately I’ve got a social commitment in the evening on the 30th but I’ve asked for the day off work, I’ve got all day tomorrow and Monday evening and I’ve got to average 6,666 words a day… Its doable but its not going to be easy.
I think I’m going to have to sit down and plan where my story is going because at the moment I’m a bit lost, then its write write write.

I’m unlikely to win but its not impossible so here is hoping.

NaNoWriMo Day 12: Not going to lose hope!

I will do this! I’m lacking a bit in the inspiration department at the moment I’m currently sitting at 18,330 when I should be sitting at 20,000 I’m going to try and hammer in a few more words but I doubt I’ll get more than a couple of hundred before I need to go to bed.

Tomorrow is another day and I plan of spending the weekend doing quite a bit of NaNoWriMo.

Of the people I know who are participating in NaNoWriMo I’m currently doing the best which is not normal, I’ve also managed to reach more that double my word count from last year which is an achievement in it’s self I guess. This year I will however win! I am going to do this no matter how hard it is, I am determined, I am also probably doomed to fail…

I’ve jumped the story 10 years into the future, added a character which I’d not initially envisioned being in the story and I’ve written a chapter from their point of view. I think the next chapter after the one I’m writing will also be from their point of view, I’m going to have to come up with some more characters because I keep on killing the ones I have. I’ve also got no idea how I’m going to work one character into the plot, and I’ve not even begun to explore someone who I thought would play a major role but has up till this point only been mentioned in passing. I don’t know how to introduce them at all.

I’m writing utter drivel, which is to be expected, especially for NaNoWriMo where word count is king and coherence is well a little lower than king… Maybe an estranged cousin of the king who they still call a prince, but would never ever inherit the throne…

I’m having serious trouble naming my characters, I’ve tried to come up with names that don’t sound silly, but to be honest they all sound stupid… I may have to rename every single character in the book when I am done.

That is all for now, because I actually need to add words to my NaNoWriMo and I’m sure none of you are actually interested in reading about it.

NaNoWriMo: The rise before the fall?

I have to say after my second day of NaNoWriMo yielded a pithy 269 words I was starting to think that I wouldn’t make it through. We had an unanticipated gig dropped on us which we’d agreed to go to months ago and forgotten about, so in between getting home from work, feeding the cats and ourselves and actually going to the gig there wasn’t much time left for writing. What little I did write I hammered out on my phone’s email client and emailed to myself while on the bus…

Yesterday however was another story both Avarinne had a presentation to prepare for so we both got up at 5:30 and I was working away on my NaNo by half six. I managed to bring my word count up to the region it should have been at by that point just in time to start work. And upon coming home I managed to pass an exceed my word count goal for yesterday.
All in all I’m in a good place word count wise at the moment, I’m 892 words ahead of where I should be, unfortunately I’ve no idea where the story is going next, fingers crossed I’ll figure something out today but I only have to write 700 words or so to stay on target, ideally I’ll smash through that and increase my slack to allow for stuff to go wrong later this month as I doubt that Tuesday’s surprise gig will be the only mishap to occur in my schedule.
I’m apprehensive but hopeful, I’m going to do my damnest to win NaNoWriMo this year.

NaNoWriMo Day 1: Post Mortem [UPDATED]

I don’t think I’ll be blogging every ray of NaNoWriMo because anytime spent writing blog posts could be better spent adding to my word count.

With the first day of NaNoWriMo over I’m currently sitting at 1,130 odd words, which is 2006 or so lower than I’d hoped to have written, I’ve choreographed a fight scene which I know I will end up rewriting, I’ve introduced three characters who may or may not recur and I’ve introduced a character who isn’t the protagonist.

I didn’t get as far as meeting my protagonist, which is okay as technically I’m writing the prologue at the moment and the protagonist is just a child.

I am worried that I’m not going to be able to take the story anywhere though, I was suffering from some serious writers block last night.

Oh well I can but try.

On another note the NaNoWriMo website was down last night so I couldn’t submit my word count. I’m going to try and keep track of it myself in a spreadsheet, so I can do my own funky graphs in case the website never comes back up.

[UPDATE] Bugger I just realized that the daily average word count should be 1,667 not 1,333, my current word count is 1,137 so I’m 530 words behind for yesterday. All I have to do is write 2,197 words to be back on track though, I reckon that’s a good couple of hours work. Not Ideal that I’m going to a gig this evening. I think I might have a late night ahead of me.