NaNoWriMo Update – Day 28

It is the home stretch and I am fading. Over the last week or so I’ve had a ton of client work to do, and since I have already hit my 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo my own writing has taken a bit of a back seat. Still, I added another 977 words today, bringing my total word count up to 77,968. I wrote 52,266 words in the last month, not counting the thousands of words I write at my day job.

My characters are still working through some heavy personal stuff, and honestly, I’m having a lot of fun writing this part. It’s like Festivus with the Airing of the Greviences except that each of my three protagonists is taking stock of themselves and unearthing their regrets and other personal baggage. It’s very refreshing to get it all out in the open.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 27

Today I forced one of my characters to confront some of her emotional baggage. Literally, in fact. These next few chapters are going to profoundly change my characters in ways they never imagined, and I can’t wait to see the people they become because of this experience!

Today was another heavy planning day but I still managed to add another 836 words to my novel, bringing my total word count up to 76,991. As part of NaNoWriMo I’ve written 51,289 words.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 26

I know I hit my 50,000 word goal last night, but I still want to earn my 30 day badge so I am going to continue to add to my manuscript over the next few days. Today my protagonists are continuing to have a rough time. Not only are they still in a bit of a bind but now they have been separated, and need to both find each other and reach their next goal. Unfortunately for them, powerful forces are working against them.

Still, more terrifying than being lost and alone in the wilderness is the fact that each of them is going to have to look deep within themselves to find the answers they need. Introspection can be scarier than even the most terrifying dragon.

I only added another 361 words today, but I also did a lot of planning today so I don’t really feel that bad about it. My total manuscript now sits at 76, 155 words and I wrote 50, 453 of those for NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 25

Well, it is official! Today I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line! I wrote 2739 words and my novel is officially 75,794 words. I wrote 50,092 words as part of NaNoWriMo and the entire experience was amazing!

Unfortunately I’m probably only about three-quarters of the way done my first draft, but I plan on continuing at my current pace so hopefully, I will be done soon. That being said NaNoWriMo really helped me stay motivated and encouraged forge ahead.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 24

Today was a bit of a slow writing day, but those happen. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how best to convey the current events in my novel. Since I have three protagonists I have structured the book in such a way that the point of view switches between characters each chapter. I try and keep things fairly equal so that each character gets an equal voice. However, the character that was next in the rotation is currently experiencing… unforeseen consequences of her actions which had the potential to make her a less-than-reliable narrator.

Luckily, I think I managed to convey to the reader all of the information they needed in this chapter despite my character’s current narratorial disadvantage.

I managed to add another 1524 words to my novel today, bringing my total word count up to 73, 055! I’ve written 47, 353 of those words as part of NaNoWriMo, putting me at 95% of my monthly writing goal. I’m really hoping to hit 50,000 words before the end of the month, and at this pace I think that is entirely possible. I’m also hoping to actually finish the first draft by the 30th, but if writing a novel has taught me one thing it is that a good story cannot be rushed: My novel will take as many words as it needs, and that may require some additional time to write them.

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 23

Today was an excellent day. I was incredibly productive (I got a lot of client work done, I added another 2410 words to my novel and I even tackled some work on the domestic front. Today I reworked a scene that I had already written (but that desperately needed to change in order to fit in with the rest of the story) and I honestly love this new version.

It not only has more depth to it but it feels much more real. My protagonists have encountered someone that has challenged a lot of their preexisting notions about the world, and have (mostly) managed to get themselves out of the bind they put themselves in during the last chapter.

I’m pleased to say that my total word count is now 71,1531 and that I wrote 45,829 words as part of NaNoWriMo. I’m officially 91.7% of the way to my 50,000 word writing goal and I feel amazing.

Like every writer my biggest fear is writer’s block. When I started NaNoWriMo at the beginning of the month I was absolutely terrified that I would get part way through and have my well of words run dry. Luckily that hasn’t been the case, but I definitely attribute that to proper planning more than luck.

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.