end of november

… And the beginning of December.

NaNoWriMo. It actually seemed to get easier, since last year. Not working full-time probably had something to do with that. I laughed, I cried, I killed off large portions of my cast. At one point I realized that I’d started a chapter wrong, and instead of erasing, put in a page break, wrote ‘chapter six’ over again (still haven’t titled that one) and started it again.

It seemed to have turned out alright, though.

All that work, paid off in the end.

Fifty thousand words. That’s half the size of your typical fantasy novel. And it’s half of mine; I need to finish.

Instead of officially joining NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month), I’ll be holding the same pace through December. Since I’ve figured out that it’s the personal graph that keeps me going, I’ve recreated the NaNo graphic in Photoshop to reflect December as well. My absent status in the blogging world will continue… but I’ll be back for the new year.

NaNoFiMo Count

How’d the rest of you do?

weekly goal (and a long moment of cringing)

Over the weekend I didn’t get much writing done. This is partly because I’d had a tough week and needed to take a break, and partly because after that really climactic scene I needed to step back and figure out where to go from there.

So I started plotting out the next few chapters, and I realized that I’m only five chapters from the end of the book. I knew that I was close, about 30 or 35,000 words away… but even so. That puts a new perspective on things. My new goal is to write a chapter every week. I should have this draft finished at the end of July.

And… … because I’m an idiot… I accidentally erased my last twenty-five comments on my blog. I was trying to erase one (I referred to my own article and I hate pinging myself) and woosh! … Out they went. Excuse me while I go smack myself on the head repeatedly, and know that I really don’t hate you all.

weekly goal and a note

Current Wordcount: 47,669 words
Last Week’s Goal: 45,000 words
Next Week’s Goal: 52,000 words

If I can write an average of 750 words a day, according to my handy little desktop calculator, I should finish this book by the end of July. Next week’s goal puts me at a bit over six hundred words a day. But last week I overshot myself by almost three thousand words. Yeah!

*pauses to dance a happy dance*

This is the last day before Villain Month starts. It’s also two days before my twenty-fourth birthday (June 2nd, for the curious). I’m happy to add people who want to join in partway through the month– just leave a comment. Later tonight I’ll add an announcement post with a list and links of everyone participating.

writing goal update

I promised a word count update on Friday. I’m a day late, but the numbers remain:

Goal: 36,000 words
Reached: 37,778 words

Not too shabby. The two-thousand I wrote last Saturday didn’t hurt either, though I found I had to take about five hundred of those out because I didn’t write the end of the chapter. I think my characters should be forced, not escorted, to the mercenaries’ lair. It fits so much better.

Next Friday: 41,000 words. It’s just a bit higher than last week’s goal. Wish me luck!

the weekend sprint

Last Thursday I wrote a post on writing goals, intending to switch to weekly goals instead of monthly goals. By next Friday, I was to have passed 36,000 words. And then I promptly went to Seattle and wrote over two-thousand words in one night. I’m nearly a thousand words over this week’s goal already, and I’ve got four more days to go.

I like this part of my book. It threw me for a few unexpected loops, but I seem to be hanging in there. I’m in the middle of an important battle, and I’m going back to focus on the mercenaries soon. Let’s hope it doesn’t completely break my outline before chapter nine. Everything seems to be clicking into place, plots and sub-plots weaving themselves better than I thought I could do on my second time through. Rewriting this a second time seems less daunting right now.

I wonder how long I can keep this up…

I also just found out that a fellow I knew from my old church that we went to (in Seattle, when we didn’t live across the state) is a published fantasy author– Jeffrey Overstreet. In the spirit of the publishing/writing business, I pounced on his book and blog immediately. *dances the happy networking dance*

may writing goals (and april followup)

To meet my writing goal for April I needed to get my story up to 40,000 words. Instead it’s now just over 33,000. Even including the rewrite of the first chapter (7,500 words) I’m not particularly happy with this. I’ve been trying to write 500 words every day (on this project– I have no trouble pounding out two thousand a night on my text-rpg), but I haven’t been consistent about it.

Let’s try something else, then. 3,000 words every week for May. That should make a monthly goal of about 12,000, and put me up to 45,000 by June, which is just under my half-way point.

I’ll start checking in every Fridays, starting next week.