NanoWriMo Update

Week 2

Love this quote so much! Seriously, the reason I started writing stories was because I wanted to be someone I wasn’t. It helped me escape. And now I find that when I don’t write I am in such a grumpy mood. I haven’t been writing much before NanoWriMo…or much this year at all. It’s really sad really. But since I have been writing this month I have seen a drastic change in my attitude and its awesome!

Anyways, I know what you are really here for. You want to know where I am with my goals. Well…here you have it!

Day 1: 0
Day 2: 816
Day 3: 1598
Day 4: 1937
Day 5: 4469
Day 6: 3002
Day 7: 3840
Day 8: 2482
Day 9: 0
Day 10: 4044
Day 11: 2744

Total to Date: 24932

I have learned a few things already. One being that I am happier when I write. The second being that once you have written that first draft it is so much easier to rewrite the entire novel again. Even if you had 72,000 words in the first draft.

I have been putting off re-writing this novel because it was just so much. But I have a 72,000 word outline that I am using to write this novel. The first time around was fleshing out everything. Now, I can throw in things that will hint at things to come because I know exactly what is to come.

This has been a great experience. Last year I made it to the 50,000 word goal, but I never finished the story I was working on. I don’t even remember what it was that I was working on. This time I have a story that has been in my head for years, I have a rough draft, and I am using this month to make it better and get back into writing.

I have let one of my dreams slip through my fingers. I will not let my dream to write slip through my fingers too. I needed this boost to get me out of my slump and back on my feet.

How are you doing with the NanoWriMo?

Things I Have Realized in November

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It is the end of the month and I feel like I have grown so much this month. Mainly in the area of writing. NaNoWriMo has awakened my muse and I am back on track. I have officially won this years NaNoWriMo as I reached 52,613 words yesterday. It’s not done, but I made it to 50,000 words in one month. I know I could do it again. I will be finishing my current WIP and sitting it aside until the first of the year. Then I will be picking it back up and two other novels for edits.

Don’t worry, I will still be writing through the month of December. I have another novel idea that I can’t wait to get started on. With December being such a busy month, I may not get another 50,000 words by the end of December, but I will make sure to write every day. I also want to keep blogging every day. I want to share the projects and awesome things I will be doing to get ready for Christmas and also go over the things I will be doing to prepare myself for the new year.

Here is your warning, I will be writing about getting my stuff organized and ready for the most productive year of my life. I have several goals already lined up to start at the beginning of the year. I honestly can’t wait for 2015.

On to other things. Here is a list of things I have learned this month.

  1. I CAN write 50,000 words in 30 days. I can write a novel in a month. Of course now I have to do edits and actually finish the rest. If my other novels have proven anything, I have another 20,000 to 25,000 words to go before the book is close to being done. But I can write a good bit in a month if I put my mind to it. I read somewhere that NaNoWriMo is about seeing what it’s like to be a full time author. The stress they go through to finish a book on time. I think I can do it.
  2. I can write 6,000 words in one day. More if I didn’t have to go to bed because of work. That’s right, I wrote 6,000 words yesterday alone. I didn’t think I had it in me. My max has always been around 2,000 and 2,500 words a day. Maybe I just stopped writing too soon. It was fun yesterday, doing nothing but writing. I didn’t even watch a lot of TV.
  3. If I just keep writing, I can get all the story down before I go changing things. I am so used to writing and editing at the same time. I would wait days before writing the next part of my story just because I didn’t want to edit the part I had already written. I have no idea why I felt the need to edit right after I had written it. I read somewhere, and it might have been something from Stephen King, that after you write, you should put your manuscript away for a few weeks to a month, let the story get a little dusty, and then come back for edits. They say you come back with an open mind and can focus better on mistakes and plot holes. We will see in January if that is true.
  4. I am a writer, an author. It is my passion and it is what makes me happiest in my life. I could go for days just writing and ignoring the world.
  5. You no longer have to have two spaces between a period and the next sentence. I have a whole blog prepared for you on that one.
  6. When I have written, I have so much more room in my mind for other things. I have the drive I need to plan things out and keep on top of things.
  7. Earl Grey tea is my drink of choice. It has the caffeine I need to get me through the day.
  8. My imagination is limitless if I use the things around me to inspire everything in my life.
  9. I love posting a blog every day!
  10. I am very happy with the path my life is taking and I can’t wait to see where that path leads me.

I am sure there are more things I have learned. I’m always learning, always growing. My greatest accomplishment this month was doing something I didn’t think I could do. It wasn’t about writing a novel, it was about proving to myself that I had the drive and discipline to be what I most desire to be in my life.

What have you learned this month?

Word Count Muse

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I see a lot of people who write everyday, with a word count goal in mind.  Others have page goals, while some have a time amount set.  Then I have seen people completely despise those of us that have some kind of goal that we try to hit every day or the fact that we make ourselves write every day.

As a writer I take advice from other writers, well known writers.  Actually, I just take advice from Stephen King.  I really do admire and almost idolize the man. He is an amazing writer and according to Google, he has written 55 books. He puts those suckers out like candy and I’m a kid with a bellyache and not enough sense to stop eating the Halloween candy. It’s only logical that I read his book “On Writing.”

According to Stephen King, in order to write you must do two things.  1. Write everyday and 2. Read.  He says to read a lot. Not email, but books.  And I completely see where this comes in handy.  Reading helps you study how other authors write. You find out what works for others, what people want to read, and what publishers are looking for.  But that is not the point of my post today.

This post is about setting a goal for every day.  Not just in November where we all fight to stay ahead or catch up so that we have 50,000 words by the end.  Everyday we need to challenge ourselves to write.  Write anything.  Find writing prompts and see what comes out of them.  Write about something boring and make it extravagant.  I used to write a Wacky Wednesday post where I took an ordinary day and made it something magical. I might start doing that again.

I have a word count goal for everyday.  Hopefully, by the end of this month it will be more of a habit then it has been in the past. Maybe I will just start writing a book a month, while editing the books from the month before. 12 books a year is a wonderful thing.  One of those books could be my first New York Times Bestseller.  One of those books could be the one that catches the publishers eye.  One of those books could be the one I self publish and catches the attention of readers everywhere.

And if none of those 12 make the cut, well I have another year and 12 more books to write.  Did you know that Stephen King started writing his Dark Tower series when he was 19?  He put it in a box and pushed it to the back of his closet, forgetting the story.  Then one day it came back to him and he was able to expand it and create this awesome world.  But he never stopped writing.

Don’t lose hope in your writing.  If you want to be published, keep writing, keep querying publishers and agents, and keep dreaming.  If you want to self publish, keep editing, keep working, and make sure you get to know other self publishers who have succeeded in making it work for them.   Read their blogs and see how they did it and how they market their books.  They have paved the road for us, we just have to choose to follow it.

Now, my daily word count goal is 2000.  It seems like a crazy number, but when you write 500 words in 10 minutes, 2000 is not that big of a deal either.

What is your daily writing goal?  What about editing? Do you have a goal set when you are editing a book?  I haven’t figured that one out yet.  And how much time do you spend on your books everyday?  If you are looking to publish and not just doing this for fun, you have to make it another job. I’m learning that one myself.

Let me get you started on that goal.  Here is a writing prompt that looked fun. Which painting would you like to step into?

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