Thursday, November 29, 2012



I finished my NaNoWriMo manuscript night before last, coming in at just over 50,000 words. It feels really good to get to the end of this draft -- although I know I am far from having "completed" a novel. After a sufficient period of fermentation, maybe it will be ready for revisions. But, for now, I'm putting my feet up and taking a rest, and letting my manuscript sit over there, unlooked-at for awhile. Maybe a good long while!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Two Weeks to This...Paperwhite Narcissus

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Entering the Home Stretch

Five days left in November and I am finally back on track with my NaNoWriMo project (see this post for an explanation of NaNo). I've done almost nothing but write this weekend and am now caught up to the word count goal for the day. (See above for my word count progress chart.) Hooray!

With less than 8000 words to go, now all (ha ha) I've gotta do is figure out how to end this story! I'll let you know in December (which is, by the way, this weekend) how I did.

And now, back to writing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

NaNoWriMo Check-in

Yikes! It's November 15th, halfway through the month, which means I should be halfway to my goal of writing 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. But I'm not. Here's my current progress chart:

As you can see, I'm about 4500 words short of today's target number of 25,000, so I've got more than a bit of work to do today. And that also means (obviously) that I shouldn't be fiddling around writing blog posts.

However, I know that I am motivated by graphs and charts and goal numbers, and even more motivated when others hold me accountable for what I said I wanted to do. And, I DID want to do this (still do) so I'm getting back to work.

Check out my other post on the #amwriting blog and let me know, either there or here, if you are also participating in NaNoWriMo. I would love to hear from other writers who are trying to do this crazy thing!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo Starts Today

National Novel Writing Month starts today, and I'm participating along with 300,000 of my closest friends. When I first heard about this event in which people pledge to write an entire novel in one month, I thought it was crazy. How could anything worthwhile come out of just 30 days of writing?

That was before I wrote my first novel. Now, I understand that NaNoWriMo is a way to provide writers support for dumping out that messy first draft. And I also understand that the successful NaNoite will have done a lot of thinking and planning for their book before the start day.

So, we are off and running and I'm happy to report that I've written a grand total of 496 words in my first half hour of the competition. If you're participating this year and looking for a writing buddy, you can find me here!

And now, back to work....