Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

With three days to spare, I completed the first draft of my novel “Come and Take It” with 50,901 words (although the official count on the NaNoWriMo site says 50,983).  I have officially “won” my first NaNoWriMo challenge. I have learned: That I’m really more of a pantser than I would ever have thought – I just wrote and wrote and wrote and figured out the characters and the plot as I went along It’s OK to tell your husband you are writing a romance novel.  He may laugh a bit, but eventually his support will shine through. it’s OK to write a few words one day and a slew the next.  The key is to write consistently every day. 50,000 words isn’t all that many when you get to the end – even if it seems like an unobtainable goal in the beginning   I’m so happy I have […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Progress, Day 23

It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to update, but I have been writing.  I did really well today, getting a little ahead of my daily word count, since Thanksgiving is coming up this Thursday.  And as a good Pilgrim (see the humor?) I may not get a whole lot of time to write on Friday. What am I thankful for this week?  I’m thankful for many things, but mainly I’m thankful I got over my fear and just started writing.  NaNoWriMo is all about getting over the fear of writing a full length novel.  It seems overwhelming, but it can be done.  All you have to do is write 1,667 words each day, and you can have a 50,000 word manuscript done in a month? Will it be ready to publish?  Yeah, no.  But it will be done!  Here’s to pushing hard this week and getting across […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 16 progress

I seem to have lost a couple of days of posting.  With my husband out of town, I’ve been a single parent for the past few days.  A very BUSY single parent.  I’ve kept up with my writing, but not with posting my progress. Today I want to talk about how fun this experience has been so far.  Even though I’m hitting the sagging middle, I’ve kept at it, making my daily writing goal more days than not.  I’m over halfway through my book, and on track to finish it by November 30. For the longest time I’ve only dreamed of writing a novel.  Now I’m doing it.  Taking action on this has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life.  I’m able to identify my strengths and weaknesses in my writing, so I can take the appropriate action before the next one I write.  Just knowing that […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 13 Progress

Tired!  So very tired today!  It was Saturday, and the kids wanted to go on a “field trip”.  So we went up to Ponder, TX to a park that’s up there, and the kids played for an hour.  Then we hit WalMart to get my oldest son some Legos, my daughter a Nerf Gun, and my youngest son a pink car (his choice!).  Then back to the house to try and do some cleaning and webinar training. It’s nearly 8pm and I’m beat.  But I did manage to get my word count in for the day.  I’m up to nearly 25,000 words (I thought about pushing on and writing another 300 words, but I decided to save that for tomorrow, to cross the 50% mark).  The story is hitting its stride, but I’m fighting the urge to edit, drop foreshadowing, etc. in and start trimming the fat from the story. […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 12 Progress

Today was the first day I’ve had off in a long time.  I spent several hours thinking through my story, coming up with new plot points and plot twists.  I also spent some time revising, meaning I cut nearly 1700 words from the story, to be replaced with a different type of accident (car crash instead of a bike accident).  So my total word count isn’t up all that much from yesterday, but I feel a lot better about where I’m at in the story. I have a clear conflict (several in fact): Gavin and Amy are attracted to each other, but an event in her past keeps her from a more physical relationship Gavin’s mother dislikes Amy on site, and hires a PI to investigate her background, to dig up dirt on her Amy has a secret which will continue to put her in conflict with Gavin The police […]

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 11 Progress

I seem to have gotten my second wind, so to speak.  I have more scenes roiling around in my head, and have gone back and tightened up a few of the scenes I have already written.  I know we aren’t supposed to edit as we go, but I feel good about the small edits I’ve made so far. The bad news is that my “bike crash” scene is going to have to be rewritten as a car crash scene.  I think it’s more believable for the story but will involve cutting and rewriting a few thousand words.  I guess it’s a good thing I have some time off over the next week. I’m on track with my word count, and feeling more confident about my characters.  Now I just need to push through another few weeks and I’ll finish.  Yeah! Word count today stands at 20,229.

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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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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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