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NaNoWriMo: Day 21

A good 1100 words in about 90 minutes tonight. This has been my best total over the last couple of days and the story is getting closer to it’s ending. I am a little worried that I’ve drawn the ending out too much but I’ll see how it looks once I’ve finished and have done an edit pass on it.

I’m now thinking about what I’m going to do once this draft is done. Some of what I’ve written here I like a lot but it contradicts events in Book One, so I’m going to re-write book one, hopefully I’ll have the first draft done by February at the latest, and then once both are done I’ll edit them back to back, almost as one novel. That way I think will work out pretty well as there won’t be a huge gap between working on the first and second books.

November 21, 2014 Posted by | Editing, Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 20

A real quickie post tonight. I managed to add just over a 1000 words tonight through some back ache which has made it difficult to type, I’ve also validated my word count and am officially a winner! :D but I’ve still got a novel to finish so no time to rest.

More words to type tomorrow and hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll have this baby wrapped up and done!

November 20, 2014 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 19

It does feel a little odd continuing these daily updates now that I’ve passed the 50k but I think it’s a good exercise for me to do as it lets me reflect a little on how I’m adjusting to not having to write as many words a day and who that is affecting my output. Today is quite a good example I think of where having completed NaNo has let me ease off the pace.

This morning I only managed a measly 130 words before work, which left me with 870 to write if I was to hit my self imposed target of a 1000 words. Now, if I hadn’t of hit the 50k on Monday then I’d still be trying to do the minimum 1667 words a day as I’d decided to hit that at least everyday despite what I may have done the day before. I think it was Friday that I wrote just over 6000 words but on Saturday I still made sure I wrote at least the minimum (okay I think i wrote over the minimum to be honest) but that’s helped me keep this momentum going. Today though I’d been trying to hit another 600-700 words then I’d be writing for another hour or so before I could start to wind down. It’s not too bad If I can get a good start when I get home but tonight I’ve had the house to myself for the early part of the evening, so I had to lock chickens up, recovering any eggs in the process. Feed the cat and dg and feed myself, so I didn’t get started till quarter to eight or so.

So having that smaller word count, because I’ve already hit target, is handy to have.

Okay, I feel like I’m rambling now so I’m logging out. If you’re doing NaNo, I hope its going well, if you feel your lagging behind theres no need to worry. You have the start of a story :)

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*please ignore any typos :D

November 19, 2014 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 18

Even though I’ve passed the 50,000 word target I’ve still got a novel to write and although it’s nearing its end it still doesn’t feel like it’s quite there yet. I have eased off the pace a little though. I’m still trying to write a couple hundred words before work but I’m not going to continue to write during my lunch breaks while at work.

I’ve also dropped my daily word count target down to 1000 words a day from the 1667 that is the minimum daily target if you are to hit 50k by the end of the month. I’m sure I could keep up my pace, but I’m not willing to wipe myself out just to maintain a 2000 word plus, a day average. I still have a full time job to think about which is the main reason why I’m drooping the word count down.

One thing I am worried about is that I am now going to loose this momentum I’ve got from doing NaNo, which I really don’t want to let happen. I’m hoping that writing each day is now a habit and it’s one that won’t be broken easily. I’ve written for eighteen days straight now and I’ve been told that once you’ve done something daily for twenty-one days then it’s a habit. So three more days and then it should, hopefully be well rammed into my mind.

I know almost all of my posts have been NaNo related recently but I will be getting back to my other random posts in the next couple of weeks.

This is me done for the night now. I’m going to get into bed and get a few pages of The Waste Lands by Stephen King consumed :)

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November 18, 2014 Posted by | Books, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 17

I wrote 1727 words today, for a total of 50203. That obviously passes the magical 50k words! :D Yes I did punch the air, a few times since passing that 50k. I do believe that you don’t have to write 50,000 words in a month to Win NaNoWriMo, as you get a start then you have something you can build from.
That’s what I’ve gotten from each of the four times I’ve done it. This is my fourth attempt and it does feel great to have done it and I hope the momentum I’ve gained stays with me as I’ve got at least two novels to try and write by the middle of next year. I am going to slow my pace up a little though now I’ve done it. I’ve still got about, I think, another few thousand words to go to wrap the story up now. The direction its now gone in has opened a nice path to where I think will be a nice ending. This ending also means the story of these two main characters of this one and the first book in the series comes to an end, ending any chance of a third book with them. It feels like a natural end for them is coming.

Once it’s done I’m going to dive straight into re-writing the first book of the series, theres going to be no change in how the story plays out really, it just needs the timeline and pacing sorted and some filling out and then I think it’ll be a lot tidier then it is now.

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November 17, 2014 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 16

It’s been a chilled kinda day today. My Nan was over for dinner so I decided to be sociable. I did manage to get a dead on 700 words by about 1pm when my iPad battery started getting low. Then I spent most of the afternoon reading Marvel’s Original Sin (got about halfway through) before going in for a couple of sprints on my local NaNoWriMo group on Facebook.
Those sprints got me up to 2791 for the day and for a total of 48,476.
I’ve said in the last few days that I wasn’t sure whether I’d had enough story to hit the 50k, but now I’m thinking I may have about another 10k words to go till the end of the story simply from what I’ve written over the last couple of days.

But we’ll see :)

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November 16, 2014 Posted by | Comic Books, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 15

2800 words which takes me over the 45k mark. If I’m honest it would have been nice to have gotten passed the 3000 words but hey, I’m sure I’ll survive.
The story is near its conclusion, and I’m not sure I can get 4000 words out of how I think it’ll end, but its close enough that I can get the words I need to take it to 50k with what I’ve got in mind to wrap the story up and with some additions that I need to go back and add.

Seeing as my brain is quite frazzled I’m going to chill out for the night and let my mind think over what I’m going to write next.

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November 15, 2014 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 14

I wrote 6000 words today, which gives me an overall total of 42,880 words. I’ve just over 7100 words until I hit the 50k. I’ve surpassed my previous NaNo best, which was last year, and I’m pretty chuffed by that. I am very near the end of my story though, and I’m a little worried that I won’t hit the 50k. I’ve thought of a few things I need to go back and add during the edits and I’ve thought of how I can expand one part of the ending which will, I think, work really for the characters.

Part of me is determined to hit the 50k, and if I wanted to I could try hard and knock out about 3500 words tomorrow and 3500 on Sunday and hit 50k. I am close to the end of the story but I think I’ve got enough to work into the story without having to waffle too much, but I’ll see how the next couple of days go. I’m not going to make any commitments to myself, how I’ve been writing the last two weeks is working well for me so I’m not going to change that now.

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November 14, 2014 Posted by | Editing, Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 13

4495 today over two sittings. About 2800 this morning/lunch time and about 1600 tonight at the Bluewater write-in. One of our Municipal Liaison’s was there and asked me if I was going to the all-day write in on Saturday, I’m not, but she said that if I was I’d probably hit the 50k on Saturday. I’m not so sure myself if I’m honest. That would require me to write 7000 words tomorrow and then another 7000 on Saturday. That’s a lot of words in two days.

Part of me would like to have the 50k done by Monday, when I go back to work, but like I’ve said all along, I’m not going to push myself too hard on this, the more pressure I put myself under the less likely I am to hit the target.

I’ve still got eighteen days to go, so I’m still feeling quietly confident.

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November 13, 2014 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment

NaNoWriMo: Day 12

4300 words in two sittings, over 32,000 words in all. Good day. I am ignoring how many words I’ve got left to write as I don’t wan’t to get into the mindset of being able to ease off my pace.

The words are flowing well and despite re-writing the ending on my synopsis I’ve deviated from it already, but I think it was worth it.

I’m not letting myself get over confident here, this is my fourth year doing NaNo and I’ve picked up a little experience of not hitting the 50k, I know it’s not the end of the world if I don’t end with 50k. Already I’m a winner because I’ve got a pretty decent start to a novel here and it’s quite clear in my head how I want to finish it. If the story does end before the 50k, and the end of the month then I’m going to go back and start on some of the edits that I know need doing.

I’m not too proud to say that I will waffle if I’m close to the target word count. It won’t be non-sensical and it will relate to the story, but it will be waffle :D

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November 12, 2014 Posted by | Editing, Planning, Writing | , | Leave a comment

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