NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 10 progress

Again, I seem to have lost a day.  I did write yesterday but forgot to post my count.  It was definitely not 1,667 words (the daily minimum), but more like 500 words.  Bad Rachel! Today I sort of made up for it.  I’m at 17,202 words.  Not bad for putting in a nearly 18 hour day today (I’m on hour 16, and still have work to do).  Hoping tomorrow gives me more time for writing, but if not, I’m headed into six straight days off work.  I’ll put the nose to the grindstone and churn out the words if it kills me. And it just might do….

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Adapting Public Domain works – a great article online

As I’ve been struggling (a LOT) to keep up with my NaNoWriMo 2015 challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month, I’ve been wondering how much better it might be to adapt a public domain work instead of creating everything from scratch.  OK – I admit it, I like the easy way.  But is adapting a public domain work really easy? Logan Andrew wrote a great article about how author Alex Flinn is gaining notoriety for adapting public domain fairy tales into best selling books.  The example Logan uses in his article is the book “Beastly”, a modern re-telling of the “Beauty and the Beast” French fairy tale.  It’s cool to see how Logan breaks down the elements of the classic story and identifies them in the modern adaptation. What is “Public Domain” material, you might ask?  Public Domain works have fallen out of copyright protection, mainly due […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 8 Progress Report

I probably should have done more writing today, but I decided I needed a day off.  Or at least an easy day.  I spent most of the time I had downloading public domain images and texts for future projects.  Writing from scratch is proving very hard for me.  I think I have the dialogue part down, in fact most of my book so far is dialogue.  But I need to work on my description and work on tightening my scenes.  I’m glad this is just a first draft and I’m getting everything down on paper.  But I’ll have a lot of editing and rewriting to do to make this story really come alive. The word count for tonight stands at 15,234.  I’m still on track, which is good, but I’m hitting the sagging middle, which is bad.  I need to ratchet up the conflict.  Week two will be all about […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 7 Progress

What a difference a day makes.  Today was Saturday.  I spent most of my “dream time” last night thinking through scenes and scenarios for my book.  Well, trying to think through them anyway.  I did come up with some additional conflict, my weak point in plotting, and a few more scenes to fill out the word count. Since I didn’t have to work today, I was able to spend a little more time writing.  But I have to admit to getting sidetracked with some public domain novels and images.  But by the end of the day, I was up to 13,518 words.  I’m feeling back on track for the 50,000 word goal.

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Day 6 of NaNoWriMo2015

I seem to have missed a day.  This week was crazy, and when Thursday rolled around, I just couldn’t face my computer for another minute.  I am a bad NaNoWriMo-er.  I skipped a whole day of writing.  That means I need to make it up – and fast! I’ve been thinking of new scenes for my characters, and trying to get the scenes I already thought up out of my head and onto the page.  It’s just slow going, and I keep second guessing myself.  But I’m pressing onward, ever onward. Total word count at this time is 10,730.  I’m trying to get to 12,000 to get back on track, but probably won’t make it all the way.  But I’m confident I’ll be back in the groove by Sunday.

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Day 4 – NaNoWriMo 2015 progress

I made a good decision today.  My original goal of 2,500 words per day was a bit high.  That would have left me with a 75,000 word novel at the end of the 30 days.  A good achievement, but given the craziness of my life, I was pushing myself a bit too hard. So today I revised my goal to 2,000 words a day.  Still over the 1,667 needed to make 50,000 words by the end of the month.  But more achievable given the long hours I’m working. My current count stands at 8,263 words.  I still feel like this novel is a train wreck, but my “positive voice” is telling me that I’m just discovery writing.  I’ll probably throw a lot of this away during editing, but I’m getting it on paper.  That’s my goal for this month – just get the words out and onto the page, no […]

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Day 3 – NaNoWriMo 2015

As midnight closes in on November 3, I look at my word count and realize that I’m a bit short for today.  The goal was 7,500 total words, but I’m sitting a few hundred shy at 6,856 total.  But, considering I’ve been working (at work stuff) nonstop since 8am, I’m OK with teh progress I’ve made. Plus, I decided to skip ahead an write the scenes that have been rattling around in my brain forever.  Today was the “bike crash” scene, where the hero breaks both his arms, forcing the heroine to take care of him.  I’ve been dreaming of this scene for months.  Still not sure this is the right story for it, but it’s good practice to get it down on paper. Tomorrow I will work to make up the word count and get to 10,000 words.  Wish me luck!

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 2 Progress

Today was my first day back at work after my two week trip to London.  So not only did I have to put in a full day of work, but I was also working in the evening covering an acquisition “go live” meeting for our new Malaysia office.  Burning the candle at both ends today. But in between the meetings and the work, I did manage another couple of thousand words.  Now that it’s 10 minutes to mid-night, I went ahead an updated my word count.  I’m officially 10% of the way done with my novel.  Woo hoo! Ten percent may not seem like much, but if you have ever gone to lose weight, they say the first goal you should set for yourself is a 10% weight loss.  Once you achieve that, you can set a new goal.  So – now that I’m 10% of the way into my […]

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Day 1 of NaNoWriMo 2015 – over 3,000 words

Today is November 1, 2015 – day one of NaNoWriMo 2015.  In between working on our toy review website, and dealing with three children who are still excited to have me home, I wrote.  I actually took the blank document by the horns and started filling it with words. Today I wrote over 3,000 words towards my 50,000 word goal.  I realize I won’t be able to do this much every day, but when I have the time, I don’t mind getting a bit ahead.  I need to write about 1,667 words every day to make my 50,000 word goal by the end of November. I have to admit – this wasn’t easy today.  I had a ton of scenes in my head, but getting the words out to describe them was difficult.  I’m hoping that practice makes perfect. One day down – 29 more to go!

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