NaNoWriMo ā€“ Update 3

The week started off well. Monday, I hit my goal. Tuesday I had an appointment and got a late start. Still managed my goal. I was kicking butt. Then Wednesday came around. I cannot tell you how much I did not want to play NaNo on Wednesday. I actually considered giving myself a break for the day. Still, I got to it and eked out a few hundred words before I was set to give up. Finally I decided to skip ahead… way ahead. Pulled out the NaNo suggested minimum (1667 words) and took a break. Came back and squeezed out the last 600 words I needed to hit 2300 for the day. I cannot tell you how thankful I was when that was over.

Sometime during the week, the worries started to hit. I’d outlined my story from beginning to end. For the most part it’d been a pretty stable outline. I’d added a scene here and there and split some chapters. I’d even considered deleting a few scenes. But overall, my outline had been good to me. Which was why I started to worry the closer I got to the end. I finished Friday at almost 29k, and I only had 2 scenes left to write. I estimated it’d add 3-5k to my manuscript. I thought, holy cow! I’ve written a novella, not a novel.

I tried to stay calm though. I still had some partially written scenes which only had a few notes or significant pieces to complete. But 15k worth? Doubtful. I ended up adding a couple more scenes to beef up the romance, which was lacking. Haven’t written them yet, but I’m thinking it’ll add a few thousand words. So I’m feeling a bit better.

I’ve also gone back and started writing the partial scenes and the scenes I’d skipped. Depending on how my numbers look after I finish the first draft, I might just start editing. I find I’m more likely to add during the second draft. It’s not until the final draft where I find myself cutting like crazy. And since I’m ahead of the game, I think it’ll be okay to start fleshing out my work after I get the initial story written.

All in all, I did pretty well the second week. I met my 2300 word quota Tuesday through Friday and yesterday, completed about 1800 over the weekend, and ending week two at 33061 words.

NaNoWriMo ā€“ Update 2

Yesterday started the second week of NaNoWriMo. I have to admit, I’m quite pleased with my progress thus far. My original goal was to write 2300 words a day, five days a week, and leave the weekends for other things.

I kept my 2300 words/day goal, though at times it was a struggle. On top of that, I deviated from my weekend plans and decided to do the 1667 goal set by NaNo. Technically I did my 1667+ words over the weekend, but the NaNo folks must not have been hip to the end of Daylight Savings cause I ended Sunday short and started ahead on Monday.

Oh well, everything’ll be back on schedule today, and my words will have evened out. So, how many words did I get the first week? According to my count, my Sunday ended with a total of 16042 words. Not bad. šŸ™‚

On top of that, I managed to finish polishing a couple of chapters of Shadow Cat. Still waiting for the beta feedback though.

This week, I plan to continue my awesome progress with my NaNo novel (Alley Cat) and incorporate the feedback I received on chapter 10 and 11 of Shadow Cat. What say you about the cover art for Alley Cat?

NaNoWriMo ā€“ Update 1

So yesterday kicked off the first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). To help keep me on track, I’m going to post updates every Tuesday on my progress, starting today!

My first day of NaNoWriMo started of quite well. I figured I’d get a head start on the task and typed in my first words a bit after midnight. It was late; I faltered. šŸ™‚ With a little over 600 words under my belt I hit the sack.

I rose when the sun was at its highest, ate a late breakfast (cause I’m a late riser and all that), and got started. By five o’clock with many distractions and much needed breaks, I threw in the towel. But I’m proud to say I had over 3k words written when all was said and done.

I feel like a writer again. I probably haven’t written this much in a day since I first started querying Shadow Cat. I’m so glad those days are over.

Three cheers for NaNo! And good luck to all the participants!

NaNoWriMo: Iā€™m Starting to Cave

I’ve been telling myself, I don’t have time for NaNoWriMo. I’ve got to get the edits done on Shadow Cat.

Okay, I’m starting to falter in my resolve. I have three books planned for the Shadow Cat series. Obviously, Shadow Cat is complete but needs editing. I started the 2nd book, so it’s really a no-go for NaNoWriMo. However, I have still have the last book. It’s outlined, but I don’t think I have a single word written of it. Oh how I’d love to have it finished and only have to worry about edits for it.

Here’s the thing. Can I force myself to write without edits? The whole idea scares me. I hate failing. A little over a week left to decide. Holy Cow. Well, I put my name on the list ReenaJacobs. šŸ™‚ Big surprise there.

I’m thinking I should at least try. See if I can do the straight through without editing thing. I wrote Shadow Cat by the seat of my pants, and it took me 2 1/2 months to finish it (about 80k on the first draft). I didn’t know enough about writing to worry about editing the hell out of it.

Maybe NaNoWriMo is what I need. A 50k goal, no editing, just producing. Screw quality, just get the story down. Maybe this is what will get me stoked about writing again. Cause I’m telling you, my drive has waned.

šŸ™‚ Buddy a Newbie! —> ReenaJacobs

Well, if I’m going to do this, I need to work a bit more on my outline.

Good luck to all who are giving NaNoWriMo a try. Hopefully I’ll see you there…once I gather my courage and motivation. šŸ™‚