A Quick Glance Back, While Looking Ahead

Thursday, January 01, 2015 0 comments

USS-Voyager-over-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge2And, once again, it’s a New Year.

Looking Back

Major accomplishments from last year:

  • Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo)
    I started out the year strong with this one, but then allowed myself to get distracted with other projects. That’s not to say that the other projects weren’t worthwhile, but I should have stuck to the word count too.
  • Complete and submit at least one novel for publication
    Did not happen. No excuses.
  • Submit at least one blog spot a month for external publication
    Did not happen. No excuses. Well . . . reasons that lead to at least one of my resolutions for 2015.
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true
    Winner! For reasons of mystery, secrecy, and diplomacy, I won’t elaborate here.
  • Read at least 30 books (and maybe more)
    Winner! 34 books and audiobooks. I was actually a little surprised by this—but pleased!
  • Win NaNoWriMo
    Winner! Although it was a near thing until toward the last few days . . .

Looking Ahead

Major goals for this year:

  • Return to writing at least a daily average of 500 words a day (not including NaNoWriMo)
  • Read at least 36 books (my stretch goal is 50)
  • Win NaNoWriMo (this will be my tenth year participating)
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true (this could take some interesting turns in 2015)
  • Stop waiting.

We’ll see how I did on December 31st, 2015. Now to “boldly go”!

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Leading from the Front

Sunday, November 30, 2014 0 comments

Winner-2014-Square-ButtonFinal word count: 52,042
Average words per day: 1,735

Not my worst year. Not my best. But I’ll take it.

It looked more than a little dicey even heading into the fourth week, so the long holiday weekend did the trick—as did finally getting to the scenes that I had long ago composed in my head.

NaNoWriMo-2014-Winner-Certificate - 200h

A huge round of thanks to one of my Writing Buddies (I don’t know whether she wants to be called out here or not, so I won’t) for the word sprints almost every night. I really think those made the difference this year in whether I finished or not.

I don’t know if I’ll finish this one up right now, or go back and start from the first book in series and get that one written and out the door. (I know why I keep stalling on that one, but that’s a topic for another post.)

Until next time . . .

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Four

Saturday, November 29, 2014 1 comments

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonCurrent word count: 48,341
Words this week: 24,031
Average words per day: 3,433

A very good week!

The Thanksgiving weekend is almost always a strong one for me, writing-wise, if I’m not traveling. And this week is one for the record books . . . kind of.

While my total word count at this point is actually slightly lower in comparison to my average for all of my “winning” years (I usually hit 50,000 words sometime during this week), my average word count per day and my number of words written during this week are both new highs.

One interesting—or perhaps, bothersome—thing about this story is that, after more than 48,000 words, I’ve only just now gotten to the crux of the story that I originally set out to tell. All of the writing so far has been in setting up the surrounding “wrapper” story in which the rest of it was intended to take place. (My original plan had been that this might consist on a single chapter, or perhaps two, at the most.) This means that I’m potentially looking at a 100,000- to 120,000-word novel here when it’s completed.

Okay, back to coax the muse into what I hope will be an easy home stretch (yeah, I know, famous last words) . . .

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