Good Morning Sunday, November 12th 2017

I am 10500 words behind target on NaNoWriMo, yeah 10500 words. I’m not stressing out though. I feel a little like I can call myself a NaNo veteran now. This is my seventh year, I’ve won the last three years and I’m pretty confident I can hit the 50k.

I would have got a few more words done towards the end of the week but I got wind of an anthology that I wanted to write a story for and have only had a few days to get it written as the deadline is a close one. That story is all but done, I’ve just got to make a few edits and then get it sent off. Once I’ve done that today I’m going to focus on NaNo and another story I’ve been working on for another anthology. I’d like to get that one done by the end of the month, and I think I’m close to having it wrapped up.

This coming week I’m off from work, so I’m going to try and get caught up with NaNo by the end of the week. I’m not going to go mad with it though, I’m going to go at a pace I’m happy with. I’ll repeat what I’ve said previously; I know I can do the 50k, my primary goal this NaNo is to have at least the start of a cohesive story. The 50k is a secondary target for me this year.

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day Nine

I’ve missed a couple of days here. I’m still not over this damn cold, although I think I’m past the worst of it.

Word count wise I am at 9001 words for the month. I managed a solid 1600 words on it yesterday, but I’ve kind of screwed my NaNoWriMo today. I’ve had the chance to submit a story for an anthology, but the deadline is the end of the month. So I’m throwing 90% of my writing time into that. I’m over 1200 words into that one. I’ve got a plan for getting this one done, which I think I’ll be able to do.

With NaNo, I am still going to be adding words, but it’s on the back burner till this short story is done. I am off work next week, and if all goes to plan I’m going to try and get back on track with NaNo then.

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day’s Five And Six

Yesterday I wrote about 800 or so words. Today it’s been about the 1200 mark. I’m on 6515 words for NaNo, which I think leaves me about 4000 words off target. The head cold of the weekend has really set me back. I know I can catch up, but I’m trying not to over do it until I know I’m over this cold. Also, this NaNo isn’t just about hitting the 50k for me. It’s about getting a cohesive story written. Already I feel like I’ve got a deeper story than I did in the first draft. (Hopefully) When people start dying the readers will either care for them and be gutted, or hate them and be happy.

I did add a few word to a short story on Sunday. I think I’ve got an ending, and now I just have to connect some dots. Hopefully then I’ll be close to having a first draft done. This story is for a submission and I’m finding that It won’t be what the editors are looking for, but if it’s not it’s not the end of the world. I can only write what comes into my head.

Tomorrow I’m aiming to get up a little earlier than normal and try to get some words down before going off to work. 

NaNoWriMo 2017: Days Three and Four

I’ve barely written five hundred words these last two days. The cold I’ve had building for the last few days hit me hard yesterday around midday. I took medication and focused on getting my working day done. Then I went to the second launch part for Sparks An Electric Anthology. This secound launch was local to me, very local which meant I had family and close friends there. It really meant a lot to me having my loved ones there and, despite feeling like I was going to faint, reading an excerpt from my story. It was definitely a night I won’t be forgetting for a long time.

Tomorrow I was going to go to a Write-In, but I’m going to give it a miss and try and get this cold out of my system. I will be trying to add a few words to my NaNo count, but I’m not going to go crazy. I know I can catch up if I loose a few days.

Now it’s time for sleep. Have a good one, everyone!

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day Two

Today I’ve written 1794 words, for a total of 4046 words for NaNo. I’m pretty happy with how the story is going, but this damn head cold is kicking my arse. A tactic that’s served me well in the past has been to get a few words written before work, but I’m waking up feeling so groggy that I’m just not managing it at the moment. It’s only two days in though, and I’m over target so I’m not complaining.

Tomorrow I’m not expecting to hit word count. We’ve got the second launch party for Sparks so I’ll be there for the evening. If you’re in the area, please come along.

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day One

Well, despite a slow start I’ve have a good day with 2252 words on this years NaNoWriMo story. We had a Write-In tonight which helped a lot. There was a few new faces as well, which is always nice.

When I started this morning I did struggle. I was half asleep, and feeling the early affects of a head cold and quite honestly, not really in the mindset to be writing. At lunch time I did a little better and then evening I just knuckled down and got on with the writing at hand. I even managed to add a few words to a separate short story that I’ve got to have done soon.

So a good start to the month. I’ve got another Write-In tomorrow night so I’m hoping I can have another 2000 plus word day again.

 

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo is now just a couple of days off, am I ready? Yes and no, I’ve not done a lot of work in preparation, as it’s a rewrite I’ve got a good idea of what I need to do. This is a story that I wrote a few months ago but it came out a lot shorter than I was expecting. I’ve thought on it a fair bit, and I know where the weak areas are, and how I think I can strengthen them. I did a lot of prep for the story but didn’t put much of that into. It’s also a story that I’ve got a good idea for the basics of the sequel, so if this comes in shorter than the 50k I can move onto that.

I’m not too concerned about hitting the 50k (although I’ll be aiming for it hard), what I’m aiming to achieve is a draft that has a cohesive story in. The last few years I’ve felt like I’ve been all over the place when doing NaNoWriMo. This year I’m determined to have a good, strong draft come December 1st.

I’ve got two short story submissions to work on, one of which I’d like to have a first draft done of by this time next week. I feel like I’ve got the experience with NaNo now to be able to drift off onto other pieces and still be on target, although I’d like to be done with the first one before Wednesday.

What I’m planning on doing again for NaNoWriMo is a daily blog post with my days word count and overall total. As well as my thoughts and how I’m feeling as I’m progressing.

Bring it on!