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 different 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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NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Three

Saturday, November 22, 2014 0 comments

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonCurrent word count: 24,310
Average words per day: 1,230

This has been another slow, low word-count week, but that was pretty much as expected. With the big event at work behind me, and a long holiday weekend coming up, I hope to make some major strides forward in terms of catching up.

I am pleased to report (I suppose), that this is not my worst NaNoWriMo year on record. I am still ahead of the year when I didn’t finish—although not by much.

The next week might be challenge. Not from my conflicting demands on my time, as has been the case so far, but (finally!) in terms of story. I still don’t have a strong sense of what kind of person my main character was in his past, before the events that changed him then turned him into the person he is now. Hopefully that will come to me before I actually get there.

I do have some other narrative tap-dancing that I can do it around it until then, but I will need to decide soon.

Returning to commune with my muse once more . . .

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