I did it!

I did it!

As i started this blog to talk about my efforts over November in pursuit of the NaNoWriMo goal of a 50,000 word novel by November, it seems apt to update on my progress. The actual writing of the great white whale, plus the inconvenient intrusions of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as various misadventures with heating issues have meant i haven’t had time to keep up this blog as much as i would have liked.

However, on Day 28 of 30, I have crossed the milestone that is 50,000 words, which makes me an official NaNo Winner for 2012! that mean I’m 2 for 2. Of course, the story is far from finished, but revision can happen at a more sedate pace now, as I won’t be watching the following graph like a hawk:

NaNo graph upon winningIt’s been a struggle sometimes, but for the most part it’s been an absolute blast. I was able to participate in far more communal write ins and meet my fellow insane authors. Indeed, my two biggest days came as a result of write ins. sometimes a change of scenery and a group of like minded crazies really can get you through anything. If I met you in a Starbucks, a Panera, or a Barnes & Noble, or saw you on Facebook, Twitter or the nanowrimo.org forums, i want to thank you. Just your presence was sufficient encouragement that got me past that 50,000 word plateau.

So to every one of my fellow Richmond WriMos: Thank you, and I hope we can do it all over again in 2013!

Of goals missed,and of goals met. NaNo Day 4

Well, it’s not long before midnight on November 4th, and I am tired. I did more of my National Novel Writing Month novel today. I had hoped to get to 10,000 words by the end of today (I had 5,870 done yesterday), but sleep, life and the hapless Washington Redskins successfully distracted me. So how did I do? Like this:

Day 4 NaNo Stats

As you can see, I fell some way short of my 10,000 word goal, only reaching 8,786. the good thing about that though, is that number is not only more than the NaNoWriMo ‘par’ for today (6,667) it’s also more than the par for tomorrow (8,333), So I effectively could take a free day off from writing and still be on pace to finish by the end of the month. Or I could keep writing and hit the elusive 50,000 word mark before Thanksgiving. I shall have to see what curves life throws at me between then and now.

So, I didn’t make my private goal of 10,000 words for today, but I busted through the official goal of 6,667 words. I’d call that a qualified success.

Ode to human fuel

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
The hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

NaNoWriMo Update 1 – Day 3

As some of you might be aware, November is the official National Novel Writing Month, more popularly known by the unwieldy agglomeration that is the title of this post. I finally bit the bullet last year and just managed to eke out the 50,000 words by the end.

I’m trying again this year and actually doing a little better than I imagined. The stats updated for the 4th just after midnight, but this is what my little graph looked like by the end of 11/03/2012:

NaNoWriMo Progress graph day 3

As you can see from the tiny bit of brown bar peeking over the grey line, I’m very slightly ahead of the 5,000 word target for day 3 (870 words ahead to be precise.) I might have a cause for optimism at this rate, though this was the first day I didn’t manage at least 2,000 words. I probably could have squeezed in those extra 46 words before midnight despite church obligations, furnace repair and pizza, but I was too busy setting myself up with a tumblr blog. Wonder if anyone saw it?