NaNoWriMo Update – Day 22

Today turned into more of a working-out-some-details day then a writing day, but I still managed to add another 1015 words to my novel. My protagonists are currently in a bit of a bind, and it is going to take some personal sacrifices in order to get out of it.

My total word count now sits at 70,136. Of that, I have written 44,434 of those words in the last twenty-two days. It is truly magical to see my story come to life at my very fingertips. It is exhilarating to think that the first draft of my novel may actually be finished soon, and a bit bittersweet as well. I know once the first draft is done the real work begins: The endless rounds of editing and the metaphorical pounding of the pavement as you try and find someone who likes your work enough to publish it.

Still, I’m happy to be this far along, and though some days are better than others I have loved every one of them.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 21

Today was an excellent writing day. As the adventure continues, I added 2958 more words to my novel, bringing my total up to 69,121! As part of NaNoWriMo I have, to date, written 43,419, which puts me at 86.8% of the way towards my 50,000 word monthly goal!

Over the last few days I have taken several unexpected detours into character building territory (and added a few more scenes along the way) but I’m very glad I did. I believe that what really makes a story great is the characters. Yes, the plot is important, and it is important to create a well thought out, believable, and logical world, but what really carries a story (and turns a good novel into a great novel) is the characters.

I’m so excited to continue on this quest with my three protagonists, and I can hardly wait to share their adventures with you when the time comes.

NaNoWriMo Update- Day 20

Well, NaNoWriMo is two thirds over and I am still on a roll! Today my three protagonists are fighting (lies! betrayal! people being jerks!) and there is all the drama. Can they get over themselves and make amends or is the entire quest doomed? I guess you will just have to read my book once I publish it.

I wrote another 1858 words today, bringing my total word count up to 66,153. Of that, I’ve written 40,451 words for NaNoWriMo and am officially 80.9% of the way to my 50,000-word writing goal! I’m so excited to be making this much progress so quickly, and I can hardly wait to see where my first draft will take me.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 19

Today was a bit of a slog, but I made it through. I feel like I rushed through the events I wrote yesterday, so today was more of a “flesh it out more” type day then an “add more stuff day”, but I’m okay with that.

I’ve always been a firm believer that pieces of writing, and novels in particular, should be just as long as they need to be. That being said, some sections definitely require more detail, and a bit of a slower pace, than others.

Still, I added another 1718 words to my novel today, bringing my word count up to 64, 295. I’ve written 38, 593 of those as part of NaNoWriMo, and am pleased to announce that I am 77% of the way to my 50,000 word writing goal.

Still, as much as I want to continue working on my book today my brain is very mushy and I think I need a break. Taking a break is an important part of the writing process: a clear and rested brain produces better work, and as with all writing you should always prioritize quality over quantity or speed.

Now if you will excuse me I have a date with a hot cup of tea and my comfy clothes.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 18

Another good writing day! I managed to add another 2205 words to my novel, and my protagonists made an important discovery!

My novel is now 62,577 words long and I wrote 36,875 of those this month. I’m officially 73.7% of the way to my 50,000 word monthly writing goal!

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 17

Today was a good day. I only added 1261 more words to my novel, but the section I wrote added some really good spooky foreshadowing of what is to come and gave us some more insight into my three protagonists. I wasn’t really planning on adding this scene, but sometimes unexpected things happen while writing and this just sort of came out.

The spectre of prophecy raised its ugly head, testing the resolve of my heroes. Will they have the courage to continue? I’m on the edge of my seat!

My total word count is now sitting at 60, 372, and of that, I have written 34,670 for NaNoWriMo. That puts me at 69% of the way to my 50,000 word goal. I’m so excited to write more of this adventure tomorrow, but for now, my brain is mushy and I need some rest.



NaNoWriMo Update – Day 16

Today felt like one of those days where I’m incredibly busy but actually accomplish very little. Luckily, that wasn’t the case on the NaNoWriMo front. I added another 2134 words to my novel as my protagonists continue on their journey after a long, and unexpected, delay. They are eager to get on the road again, just as I am eager to continue on my writing journey.

My total word count now sits at 59,121, and I have written 33,409 of those in the last sixteen days as part of NaNoWriMo. I’m officially 66.8% of the way to my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo writing goal.

I want to press on but my brain is getting mushy and it has been a long week. I think I’ll put my keyboard aside for now and go seek out the couch, my pyjamas, and a hot cup of tea.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 15

I can’t believe that NaNoWriMo is already half done! The last couple of weeks have just flown by. I’ve written 31, 272 words since the start of the month, bringing my novel’s total word count up to 56, 977.

Today I banged out another 1740 words, and I am now officially 62.5% of the way to my 50,000 word goal!

I find it both exhilarating and a little daunting that I might actually finish the first draft of my novel this month. On the one hand, I am so excited to be this close to finishing my first draft. On the other hand, I know that once my first draft has finished I will have to begin the next, less fun, phase: Editing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that feeling I get when I transform mediocre prose into hopefully-less-mediocre prose, but it is definitely not as fun as the creating phase. Also, once the editing phase is finished I will have to contend with the boss level: Finding a publisher.

Still, that is a problem for Future Catherine to worry about. For now, I’m happy to put my head down, put on my thinking cap, and let my fingers dance across my keyboard.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 13

An excellent writing day! I pumped out 1464 words today, bringing my total word count up to 52,360. Of that, I have written 26,757 words for NaNoWriMo. I am officially 52.7% of the way to my writing goal!