The First November

Four years ago I decided I was going to just go for it. I decided I was going to try my hand at the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I had tiptoed around it for years, doing the complicated dance of feinting like I was going to do it, and then backing … Continue reading The First November

50,000 Words

When I tell them that I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month their first question is invariably, “does that mean you are writing an entire novel in 30 days?” I don’t really know how to answer either because the answer is both yes and no. It’s yes because a novel is technically 50,000 words, and … Continue reading 50,000 Words

Day Twenty-One

the-number-21-profile21 is blackjack. 21 is the legal age to drink, and to gamble. 21 is the name of a best-selling Adele record. It is an extra chromosome in those with Down syndrome. That’s what I think when I consider 21. Oh, and it’s also the title of a cool movie about gambling, but its importance to me right now is that today is the 21st day of NaNoWriMo, the novel writing month when writers everywhere try and blaze through 50,000 words in 30 days. Here are my stats through 2:46 on the 21st day of NaNo…

Words written today: 1,044
Average words per day: 2,037
Target words per day: 2,000
Total overall words: 42,787

My story has evolved in several sections since I last blogged about it on day 15, and my two protagonists are several steps closer to meeting. There have been two major reveals since last we spoke as well, one of which is the turning point of the story. Now the characters are hurtling on a collision course of consequences for actions that took place long before the novel began. Here is an excerpt:

“The cloisters were long hallways that branched off into open spaces that looked to be door openings but that had no doors hanging within them to separate them from the hallway itself. The entire place was as drafty as a castle, which is what it most closely resembled in looks and in atmosphere. Continue reading “Day Twenty-One”

Day Nine

varianceWords written today: 2,334
My average per day: 2,226
Words so far this month: 20,035

As you know, I’m working on my NaNoWriMo novel this month, which means my goal is 50,000 words to be written in the span of 30 days. This is day nine and my objective is to write 2,000 words each day. As you can see by my statistics so far, I’ve accomplished that to this point, nine days in. However, since I completed NaNo last year I do recall that at about the 30,000 mark it got hard to keep hitting my marks every day, especially since my marks are above where I need to be to get to 50,000 in the 30 day limit. In order to get to 50,000 exactly by the end of the month I only need 1,667 words a day. But you know me, I like to put more pressure on myself. Continue reading “Day Nine”