NaNoWriMo

Writing Time: Everlasting #74, NaNoWrimo #14 (Win!)

by on Nov.29, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 3,938

And done! … I’d drop the mic but my friend CinsAngel already did that on twitter, so I figured it’d be a little anti-climatic.

So my winning NaNoWriMo 2013 writing session was done at my usual spot, a restaurant/bakery. I did breakfast with my girlfriend who then lovingly left me alone so I could finishing writing. This session was neither hard nor a breeze. I did have to fight a little here and there to not be lazy and just read webcomics, but I did take an extended break at a thousand words and somewhere around three thousand words. Knowing that I was close to finishing was really motivating, unsurprisingly.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +3938
Daily Average: +1,969

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 50,410
Remaining: -410

I have now won NaNoWriMo four years in a row! I don’t really feel like tooting my own horn, except that I kind of do. I didn’t have the usual motivators this year that I normally did. The idea of keeping this consecutive chain of NaNo wins going was definitely a motivator this year. Honestly I’m rather proud. I don’t know anyone who has done NaNo and won four years in a row. I’m 4 and 1.5 so far. I say 1.5 because I failed my first year, and I failed this past summer, in which I set a 25k goal. I failed this past summer due to lack of a motivating group, or so I thought at the time. (continue reading…)

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Writing Time: Everlasting #73, NaNoWriMo 2013 #13

by on Nov.27, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 2,402

Today’s session was solo at Fuddruckers. I find it an okay place to write, as long as it is not too crowded. There is loud music and general conversation which makes for good white noise, as long as you avoid looking at the televisions. I don’t get my highest word counts while here, and the food is terribly expensive, but it makes for a pleasant break from. A little over two hours got me two thousand four hundred words so I might use it again in the future.

I have to admit, however, almost give up early in this writing session. It took me thirty minutes to write three hundred words and that felt so paltry

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +2,402
Daily Average: +2,402

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 46,473
Remaining: 3,527

Okay. With three and a half thousand left over, I’m going to need to write, at least a little tomorrow. I haven’t been able to devote a day to writing to finish this off, so I’m just going to have to go a little bit at time route. My goal is to finish Friday, so that baring something horrible happening, I’ll have Saturday to catch up. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll find a super burst of speed and just finish it off?

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 172,188 (+2,391)
Outline Word Count: 36,654 (+2)

Lots of made up material today. My outline for my first scene with Lee was terribly vague and not very useful. I turned it into an introspective scene and expanded it. As it was it was barely going to break five hundred words. Now it is well over a thousand. Not sure if it’ll make an editing cut however. Then again most of this novel won’t make the editing cut. That’s fine though. I’m getting my thoughts down. Huzzah!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #72, NaNoWriMo 2013 #12

by on Nov.26, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 2,007 (2)

Normal Tuesday writing session except I forced myself a little long to write out two thousand words. Got most of it done before the writing group showed up, and the rest of it afterwards. Overall a good writing session.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +2,007
Daily Average: +1,003

Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 44,071
Remaining: 5,929

So I was bad and didn’t write yesterday, letting my lead slip a little bit. Now I’m a little less than six thousand away from finishing NaNoWriMo, but Everlasting is probably still another ten thousand or more words away from finishing. That doesn’t matter because I’ll be finished NaNoWriMo either tomorrow evening, or likely on Friday/Saturday, depending on how crazy I get with holiday stuff.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 169,797 (+2,006)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+0)

Wow. Less than three under words away from one hundred and seventy thousand words. I can’t believe I’ve written so much. Today’s section was all one scene and a good chunk of it was description, which I’m not sure will stay, but I like what I came up with as I wrote it.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #71, NaNoWriMo 2013 #11

by on Nov.24, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,815

Just a quick little writing session today to get my word count. I might write again later this afternoon. We’ll see. It went more or less smoothly but perhaps took a little too long for my tastes. I never really found the flow.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +1,815
Daily Average: +1,815

Prime Delta: +2,064
Word Count: 42,064
Remaining: 7,936

I like being this far ahead and want to stay that way. However today I won’t be racing to the finish line, and I’m not sure I’ll find time to write tomorrow, so it looks like I’ll be doing the normal NaNoWriMo scheme of finishing on the last day.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 167,791 (+1,821)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+4)

Two scenes finished. One expanded greatly which I like, and the other didn’t come off nearly as well as I would have liked. That’s alright. I can fix it in post, I mean editing.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #70, NaNoWriMo 2013 #10

by on Nov.23, 2013, under NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 7,940 (4)

Okay! Today was a catch up day. I wrote a little bit on Wednesday, but I didn’t record it, and I didn’t write at all yesterday. So today’s writing session was a sit down and catch up, which I did and apparently then some. I had forgotten about my words on Wednesday so I over-wrote the word count by a little bit, but that is okay because, wow, I’m only nine thousand seven hundred and fifty-one words away from finishing NaNoWriMo this year!

Writing felt really slow today for some reason. It took me five hours to write six thousand words, which was very slow compared to last Sunday. But still I pushed my way through. I’m looking to see about writing tomorrow with the intent of finishing up NaNoWriMo at the very least. We’ll see if that happens.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 4
Delta: +7,940
Daily Average: +1,985

Prime Delta: +1,916
Word Count: 40,249
Remaining: 9,751

That is a very nice prime delta. I’m rather happy with that, even though I’m planning on writing tomorrow, it means I could skip tomorrow, but I’m not going to. Now that I’m within ten thousand words, it feels like I could knock this out really quickly as of tomorrow, which I really feel like doing because I’m kinda tired of NaNo taking up my time. Not offense, NaNo.

Buddy Watch

CinsAngel has taken the lead! You think 40,249 is nice? Try 42k+! Very impressive. chimera116, and Sithwitch13 are both still a few thousand words behind but I’m sure they’re just not updating their NaNo counts, rather like how I seem to be doing so every few days. I’m happy to report Mur Lafferty is still in the race, slowly adding words. As a professional author, blogger, and mother, I’ve no doubt every word written is a trophy in and of itself.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 165,970 (+7,940)
Outline Word Count: 36,648 (-14) 

These last few scenes have been dull and even I know it. I had to fight the urge to re-write them but I did, because they’re obviously going to be scenes that get totally thrown out, but that meant I could have some fun in writing them. I explored Tigh’s character a little more, and expand Toppa as well. Carlos and Marla seemed to be the main movers and shakers of the plot at the moment which is fine, but I still feel a little unrealistic how Marla is pushing everything about, so I’ll ned to rethink that later. Overall I’m still happy with how quickly the writing is going with the outline, even if each scene is coming out sever so slightly different from the outline.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #69, NaNoWriMo 2013 #9

by on Nov.19, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 3,406 (2)

Today’s writing session, as yesterday’s writing session, was done at my usual spot. I’ve been very diligent not to fall behind this week, so I can use this coming weekend to really try to knock this novel off its feet, like I did last weekend. Writing session went quickly, although not as quickly as I might have liked. I ended yesterday by splitting a scene I hadn’t intended to split, which made writing today a little slow as I invented some content. To be fair my outline is a little loose in this section, so I was likely to slow down anyway. But I’m chugging away at it. At this rate I might actually be done with the novel before the end of the year!

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +3,406
Daily Average: +1,703

Prime Delta: +643
Word Count: 32,309
Remaining: 17,691

So NaNo is going awesomely thanks to outlining. Reaching one thousand six hundred and sixty-seven words per day seems to be a pretty easy task when I know what I’m planning to write about, even if I’m deviating from outline. Writing every day still requires some effort and sacrifice I’m not sure I’ll be able to maintain post NaNo, but we’ll see.

Buddy Watch

As usual, chimera116CinsAngel, are leading the charge, with Sithwitch13 quickly following up. I find it strange that I’m actually in the lead but I happen to know for sure that at least the first two aren’t always updating, much like myself. Still keep it up!

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 158,030 (+3,406)
Outline Word Count: 36,662 (+23) 

Two scenes down, neither of them very spectacular but they move the plot along. Main characters who had never interacted before are now meeting for the first time. The two major drivers of the plot are starting to combine forces. It feels forced, and it is, but that is something I’ll fix in editing. For now, I find it thrilling how close I am to the end, if a little surprising how I’m still learning more about my characters, so many words in.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #68, NaNoWriMo 2013 #8

by on Nov.17, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 12,346

Okay first off to be clear, I didn’t write twelve thousand three hundred and forty-six words today. I only wrote nine thousand eight hundred and fifty-four words today. The other few thousand words was written over the course of the last six days or so. I apologize for not updating. The last few days have been hectic and while I haven’t gotten a lot of writing done over the last five days, I more than made up for it today!

Today was actually two writing sessions. One morning session were I wrote about five thousand words at a coffee shop over about three hours, and then an afternoon session with the official NaNoWriMo local writing session where I wrote a little more than four thousand in three hours. So very productive writing sessions. I find it interesting I was just as productive at a random coffee shop as I was among a bunch of other NaNoWriMo-ers (who often talk quiet a bit and provide some distraction).

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 7
Delta: +12,346
Daily Average: +1,764

Prime Delta: +570
Word Count: 28,903
Remaining: 21,097

So given that nine thousand of that twelve thousand was today, my daily average is obviously false but also very interesting, because it is slightly higher than the average needed to write each day. I guess that math explains my slightly positive prime delta. So today basically decided if I was going to win NaNoWriMo I think. Assuming no amazing bodily harm taking the entire day to write so many words will not be in vain. I shall win NaNoWriMo!

Buddy Watch

Okay! So what have my buddies have been doing while I was being horrible (but redeeming myself!). I’m somewhat sad to report that it seems everybody has taken off this past weekend but I can at least happily report everybody has broken twenty-five thousand words, but nobody seems to be up to twenty-eight thousand three hundred and thirty-three, which is today’s goal. I hope chimera116CinsAngelSithwitch13, and MightyMur are still writing!

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 154,624 (+12,346)
Outline Word Count: 36,639 (+57) 

So wow. I broke one hundred and fifty thousand words in my novel today. I was flabbergasted. I really didn’t want my first ever novel to have that many words in it. I’ve set my new word count at one hundred and seventy thousand words which I’m almost guaranteed to break if I follow NaNoWriMo. I have made it clear that if I finish my novel before reaching fifty thousand words, I’ll be declaring myself a NaNoWriMo winner either way. However given what I have left, I’m not sure if I’ll finish the entire novel by the end of NaNoWriMo. We’ll see.

So I blew through about five scenes today. Everybody is now at the docks, expecting a rescue, except of course nobody is in any position to rescue anyone. They’re all going to have to work to their way out of it, and not all of them will. Muahahaha!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #67, NaNoWriMo 2013 #7

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 4,158

Yup. That’s all from one single writing session. Because I was bad and didn’t write a single word while I was out-of-town. Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t, because the scene that I wrote today was amazingly smooth and I don’t think it would have been had I tried to write it while surrounded by people and horribly distracted. As it was I was in my usual spot with no real distractions and just pounded out about half of the world. The other half came more slowly as I switched two a second less fleshed out scene but even was I wrote that I found meaning in the choices I made in the outlining portion, which made me happy.

It is also an impressive word count in and of itself, in my opinion, for a single session writing. Of course I switched to the actual novel-writing itself, which is far easier than outlining I think, when you have an outline.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 3
Delta: +4,158
Daily Average: +1,386

Prime Delta: -1,776
Word Count: 16,557
Remaining: 33,443

So despite my amazing word count, I’m still a little over a day behind, which is fine. I made up for almost two days in one three-hour session. So I think I’ll be fine. The beginning of this NaNo was rough. I was still effectively brainstorming and making up as I go along. Now that I’m following my previous ideas, this is going to be a much smoother ride.

Why do I feel the need to put on shades?

Buddy Watch

Lets see how my friends are doing!

It seems like almost everybody is smack dab right in the middle between yesterday and today, suggesting either they had a hard time this weekend as well, or some people just haven’t updated for the day yet. Either way chimera116CinsAngelSithwitch13 are all sitting pretty at above seventeen thousand. Keep it up guys!

MightyMur is lagging behind about as much as I have been, but knowing her she is still adding to her count each day and is waiting to burst ahead. LacyJae and Jeana_Beana are still our furthest behind. Come on guys! Just a few sprints ahead and you’ll be caught up!

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 142,278 (+4,115)
Outline Word Count: 36,582 (-366)

So today marks the first day I’ve written in my novel proper in well over a few months. The energy of having a complete outline definitely carried me for the first two or three thousand words. I wrote an entire scene between Marla, Duke Hugh, and Duchess Quellams that flowed nicely and added ideas to their characters. I even expanded Marla’s past a little and fleshed out Susan nel Hugh, who is slotted to be a major minor character in several scenes, something I might not have known about without my outline.

The following scene I started but have yet to finish was a Tigh scene that I felt at the start needed to be a Carlos scene. However Carlos has been hogging the lime light a lot over the past few scenes, so I forced a Tigh view-point and I’m happy to say it worked. I’ll get Carlos’ recap when we get back to him but we got some nice introspective commentary about Tigh and his amnesia while watching others kill zombies with giant mechanic armor. Even hinted at why Sleepy has a mechanical arm! Not sure if I’ll keep that part though.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #66, NaNoWriMo #6

by on Nov.07, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,583

Simple basic writing session today. Did it alone at my usual spot, no distractions. Everything flowed rather well. If I had had unlimited time, I would have written far more, but I think I wrote a fair amount for about an hour and a half.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +1,583
Daily Average: +1,583

Prime Delta: +733
Word Count: 12,399
Remaining: 37,601

I didn’t fully make my word count but my prime delta is still up. I’m still ahead! I don’t know if I’ll be getting much writing in tomorrow so it’s nice to have that little bit of a buffer. Best part, my next writing session is actually going to start writing on the novel proper. More on that below.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 36,948 (+1,720)

The outline is more or less done! I could flesh out the epilogues more but I think I have enough. I wrote the climax. I’m more or less satisfied with it. Now I just need to write the fricken novel, which I’m totally going to do. With a little luck, my first draft of my first novel will be fully done by the end of the year!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #65, NaNoWriMo 2013 #5

by on Nov.06, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 3,676

Writing Session was split up into two locations today. Fuddruckers, which claimed to have wi-fi but didn’t let me login till I was nearly done with my session, and my local NaNoWriMo write in a local library. I didn’t meet anybody new but I chatted with a bunch of people who were also writing. We also did word wars, which was basically mandatory writing time, where after we counted how many words everybody has written. I think the NaNoWriMo writing session is what managed to pull so many words out of me.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +3,676
Daily Average: +3,676

Prime Delta: +816
Word Count: 10,816
Remaining: 39,184

So I’m caught up! And 800 words ahead! Woo! Now if only I can get some more words ahead tomorrow too, because I don’t expect to get a lot of writing done this weekend. I mean I’ll try I’m sure but I don’t expect to meet word count.

Buddy Watch

We have a lively race this year! Two of my buddies have broken the ten thousand mark today with me! can you guess who? CinsAngel and Sithwitch13 of course. You probably guessed that easy. We also have a new buddy, chimera116, who has broken the ten thousand line. Keep it up! MightyMur has nearly broken ten thousand. My guess is we’ll see an update late night or tomorrow. Last only because of a least word count is LacyJae and Jeana_Beana who are by no means out of the race but definitely need to take some time to put some words to the page.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 35,228 (+3,664)

The outline is almost done! Two of the three main antagonists are dead or presumed dead. Now the heroes are fleeing from a crashing airship. I have one last dramatic moment, and then it’s all epilogue from there. Wheee. That means novel-writing proper will start probably this weekend. It is actually something of a scary thought…

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