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 – 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 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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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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