NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Two

Saturday, November 15, 2014 2 comments

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonCurrent word count: 15,699
Average words per day: 1,374

This week shaped up to be little better than Week One.

A confluence of an extremely busy week at work, along with other factors, contributed to a much lower word count than I would have liked. It was not so much a lack of plot or ideas, as it was a lack of dedicated writing time.

Checking over my records from my previous years of NaNoWriMo, it looks like Week Two is generally my lowest one in overall word count from the other weeks. I’m behind in terms of my overall word count from where I would like to be, but not getting too concerned about it just yet. However, next week will likely be another challenging one, but plan to catch up once the week is over and during Week Four.

Okay, back at it . . .

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week One

Saturday, November 08, 2014 0 comments

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonCurrent word count: 7,457
Average words per day: 1,065

This is not shaping up to be one of my better NaNoWriMo years. I started off strong (with word counts above 1,800 the first two days), but it has dropped off steady since then for a variety of reasons.

While my totals are well above those of 2008 (my only “losing” year), they are way below where they should be. Catching up this weekend is not impossible, so we’ll see what happens.

Getting back to it now . . . rather than spending word count here!

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: First, A Little Background . . .

Friday, October 31, 2014 0 comments

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonYes, that it’s already that time of year again. I’m not at all clear where the past year went (as the dearth of blog posts here might indicate), but the calendar tells me that it time for NaNoWriMo again.

This year, as I seem to be doing every other year (as in alternating years, not year after year), I’ll be placing my story in the future universe I created several years ago.

While spending most of the past year co-writing a novel set in that same universe, my co-author kept asking me questions about the settings and characters that I just sort of knew and accepted as canon based on my gut feel for that universe. One character, though, remained stubbornly somewhat of a cipher.

I completely understood his origin in the gaming context in which he was originally created, and he possessed a distinct personality, but very little had been revealed about him except for his skills and abilities. As we discussed the back story of that character, trying to fill in needed gaps here and there, several intriguing ideas about his background came into being—some of which demanded further explanation.

So, this year’s NaNoWriMo effort is going to attempt to chronicle his history. As a starting point, I have a few small nuggets of ideas, but nothing yet that feels that it can carry the weight of 50,000 (or more) words. It’s going to be a challenge from both a storytelling and structural standpoint.

As during previous years, you can follow my progress through the month here and read daily raw excerpts here.

Well, I’d better get started. The story sure isn’t going to write itself . . .

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