Day 23 and 24 of NANO 2013

Still making progress but embarrassingly s.l.o.w… ;)

Nov 23: 18,390
Nov 24: 20,157

Also, I’ve noticed on my spreadsheet that I now have a streak going. I’ve written every day since November 5th. Gonna see how long I can keep that going.

Next I’m going to see how many days in a row I can write a minimum of 500 words, but that one will have to start today because yesterday I only netted 279 words with all the type, delete, type, delete I did trying to get the story to move forward. :o

Of course, my ideal word counts would be, oh, say … 5,000–6,000 a day. Pfft. I’ll get there someday.

Day 19 of NANO 2013


I’m making progress, but it’s slow. Maybe too slow… I bought some new music to help me zone out in my writing. Thought maybe my current batch wasn’t working for me. Now, let’s see what the new music does for me today. 

8:36 am: 14,581
9:45 pm: 15,147

Between 8:30 AM and 9:45 PM I don’t even know how much time I spent writing, but I know it wasn’t much. I spent a lot of time reading forums and blogs today and … I don’t have a good excuse for that when I know I should have been writing! I’m going to write for a few more minutes before I call it a night but I doubt I’ll bother updating here again tonight. Maybe tomorrow I’ll just keep it simple with a short little progress post at the end of the day.

Day 18 of NANO 2013

Sunny and back into the 60°s again. Yes! It's going to be a beautiful day. Can't wait to get started up this hill again.
Sunny and back into the 60°s again. Yes! Can’t wait to get started up this hill today. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Today’s going to be a great day! Let’s skip the preamble and get right to the point of this post.

8:32 am: 13,305
10:45 am: 13,880
1:28 pm: 14,165
2:29 pm: 14,426
9:40 pm: 14,581

Between 8:30 and 10:45 I wrote for 1 hour (timer). The other hour and fifteen minutes has dispersed into nothingness… Or maybe I spent too much time up and wandering around, having breakfast, and reading forums I’m not supposed to be visiting until I’m done writing. Bad me! Bad, bad, bad. My pace is off too. I’m tracking at 575 wph. I wanted to hit 1000 wph. It makes a huge difference in how much word count I’ll accumulate. Sigh. Perking up! Moving on! At least the writing is going well. :)

Between 10:45 and 1:30 I wrote for … 15 minutes? What? That’s right, though, and I’m deeply disturbed that I have no clue where the rest of that time has gone. I just had to knock myself off an embarrassingly gossip-laden website where I ended up after searching for I don’t even remember what and following links until I was staring at an article about [redacted for the sake of not embarrassing myself further]. O—ka—y. Done. Getting back to writing. I was feeling good about my progress today and I want that feeling back!

Between 1:30 and 2:30 I wrote for 30 minutes. Pace is now 561 wph. Yikes! I must try to relax more as I write. Too judgmental. Too critical. See, I’m even being critical of how critical I’m being. And now I’m judging myself for that. :p I need lunch. Then back to writing.

Between 2:30 and 9:40 I wrote for 15 minutes (timer). Had things to do, not the least of which was getting myself to a grocery store before my kids decided to revolt because of the lack of food in the house. :D I’m going to try to get just a little more written today because I’d really love to hit 2000 before I call it a night, so I’m outta here before I waste what little time I have left rambling.

And calling it a night even though I got nothing else written. Oh, well. Tomorrow will be here soon enough to try again. ;)

Why NaNoWriMo Excites Me

I know it seems odd that as a full-time writer I’d be so excited about NaNoWriMo, but NaNoWriMo 2010 was the year I first discovered that I could actually write 50,000 words in one month. Until I decided to participate in that year’s NaNo, I had no idea that I could actually sit down and write that many words in that short an amount of time.

Even now, writing full-time, I very rarely hit 50,000 in one month. I think the last time was in February. Too bad that wasn’t NaNoWriMo, I’d have been a winner for sure. :P

But I digress.

I love NaNo because it showed me that writing a novel wasn’t necessarily a one- or two-year long process. It could happen much faster than that. And I wouldn’t be where I am today (writing fiction full-time) if it weren’t for that year’s NaNoWriMo. So thank you NaNoWriMo! You were a blessing to me and I hope you’ll be a blessing to many other writers in the future. <3*

*I’m sorry, but I have to mention that this heart emoticon always makes me think of butts. I know. I am sorry, honest. Sometimes I feel so immature. And now my asterisk is making me think of something else… Gah! What’s wrong with me? I’d hate to have to take one of those Rorschach tests.

Day 17 of NANO 2013

That's it. No more Ms. Nice Girl!
Those cleats must not fit right. Must try new ones… The hill is getting even steeper!

Today is a dreary day outside, as was most of yesterday, so there’s really nothing stopping me from giving myself a big ol’ dose of carpal tunnel. Sounds like fun, huh?

9:21 am: 11,227
12:10 pm: 11,991
1:47 pm: 12,376
2:44 pm: 12,442
5:03 pm: 12,737
8:38 pm: 13,113
10:30 pm: 13,305

Between 9:30 and 12:00 I wrote at least 30 minutes (timer) but probably closer to 1.5 hours because I let myself start out slow and didn’t turn on the timer until I felt like I was back into the story a bit. :) I’m trying for a decent run today but I’m going to have to spend more time with the timer going and less time on my breaks!

Between 12 and 2 I wrote for about 30 minutes (timer) and maybe just a little more, but mostly I kept hoping my headache would go away. It hasn’t yet, but I’m writing anyway. It’ll have to get a lot worse than this to keep me from writing today. :) Too many words to catch up!

Between 2 and 2:45 I had lunch and still managed to write a few words. Yay! Also, my headache has eased finally. I’m very glad to get back to writing without it.

Between 2:45 and 5 I wrote 30 minutes (timer) and then had a nap so I can get in a lot more writing tonight without feeling like I’m going to fall asleep at 8 pm. Or that’s the plan anyway! Now the real work begins. I want to write at least a few thousand more words tonight. The good news is that I’m happy with my story and where it’s headed so I’m not finding myself bogged down the way I was a few days back. The bad news is that there’s still so much story to tell that I could get in trouble with my deadline if I go long. (A usual occurrence for me.)

Between 5 and 8:38, whoa! I have no idea what happened to all that time, but I wrote for about 45 minutes (timer). I’m getting my butt back to work. I have more writing to do! And I hate forums. They suck me in and … yeah, moving on. I must write and not waste time thinking about interesting forum topics that will use up all my words. I should make a rule or something—oh, wait. I have one. No forums until writing is done! Why do I keep forgetting that?

Between 8:30 and 10:30 I’m not sure how long I wrote, but it wasn’t long. I got what? Less than 200 additional words? I think I’m just tired. Calling it a night. I have a few tricks that worked to keep me writing today that I plan to put to even better use tomorrow so I absolutely plan to do much better with my word count tomorrow. Count on it! :p

Day 16 of NANO 2013

It's a slippery slope! Time for the cleats.
It’s a slippery slope! Time for the cleats.

Okay, yesterday, I had other things on my mind, not the least of which was the importance of … uh, something. I had to catch up my accounting, because this is a business. :) If I’m gonna procrastinate, at least I chose something awesome to procrastinate with! But NaNoWriMo waits for no one and I gotta get back to it today.

9:14 am: 11,251
Sometime past my bedtime: 11,227

Ouch. I went backwards. Those cleats aren’t working!

Day 15 of NANO 2013

Hump day! OMG. I haven't made it up the hill yet!
Hump day! But…but…I haven’t made it up the hill yet!

Day 15, wow! I want to write double my needed count for the day. I’m trying to think how that’s going to happen… Maybe a little magic? A cup of tea? A better keyboard? Nope! My brain needs a makeover! I’m going to focus on keeping my fingers moving and my momentum carrying me forward. Perfection is for losers. ;) I wanna be a winner this year!

7:47 am: 11,061
Sometime late last night: 11,251