Monday, November 29, 2010

Five Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

Five Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo

1. I mostly write about body parts. My Wordle basically consisted of "hand" and "hands." I'll leave you to decide how drrty my novel is.*

2. Writing a complete first draft is both more difficult and much easier than I anticipated.

3. Writing a huge, reflective wrap-up post is not for me. If you were waiting on the edge of your seat or settling in with some popcorn, I'm afraid to tell you: this is all there is.

4. I am capable of writing 50,020 words but not a five-point list.

5. Oh, but I just remembered: I am capable of doing something for several hours every day if I enjoy it.

*Actually, I like to have the last word, and the word is this: it's not drrty at all. I would be very comfortable with 17+ reading it.

**Just kidding again. Bad habit. It's solidly PG. Maybe PG-13.


PS: Celebrate! No matter how much or how little you wrote this month, you should be proud. Like, even if you just wrote a note to yourself about a novel idea on a post-it. Be proud of that.

NaNoWriMo: Day 29

Day 29 Stats

Words Written: 1347

Total Words: 50,020

Sentence of the Day: I also learned that Atticus had spent a brief month-long stint as a member of Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men, but when they discovered he was nicking things from other Merry Men, they asked very nicely if he would leave and then forcibly removed him when he did not comply.

Notes: So, I didn't "win" NaNo in the conventional sense because I didn't start with a brand new story, but I did write 50,000 words more of last year's NaNo. I have to admit I went ahead and verified the win so I could get my purple winner's bar. This was a lot of work! I'm so proud!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 28

Day 28 Stats

Words Written: 5,253

Words Total:

Sentence of the Day:
"And look here—we even have a hay stack so that you might preserve your modesty!” he enthused.

NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close! Luckily, so is my story. I'm trying hard to wrap it up nicely (read: shoddily) so that I won't be left with an incomplete story, despite having 50,000 words. Because I kind of suspect it would take me a long time to get around to finishing it if I don't do it now. Anyway, I'm already super proud of myself. Hopefully I'll spend some time writing a decent NaNo wrap up post for the end of the month.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 27

Nothing to report today! I didn't write anything. However, I will leave you with this jangly indie song by Cloud Control.


Friday, November 26, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 26

Day 26 Stats

Words Written: 1673

Words Total:

Sentence of the Day:
I gathered my skirts in my fist, spat at the prince’s feet, and led the way from the room with Loren and Atticus hot on my heels.

Notes: You can probably tell, but my protagonist is really coming in to her own at the moment. What with all the spitting at royalty. Ptew!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 25

Day 25 Stats

Words Written: 893

Total Words:

Sentence of the Day:
Loren strode into the room, the fire throwing his towering shadow against the wall. It flickered with each jump of the flames.

Happy Thanksgiving (to those who celebrate it)! I know I have a lot to be grateful for. In other news, NaNoWriMo is still going well; my story is winding to a close and I think I have just enough time to wrap it up satisfactorily. If you're doing NaNo, how's it going for you?


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 24

Day 24 Stats

Words Written: 581

Words Total: 40,854

Sentence of the Day: A chill gust of wind swept over me but instead of cringing away from it, I strode into it, my skirts billowing behind me like a silken pennant.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Day 23

Day 23 Stats

Words Written: 723

Total Words: 40,273

Sentence of the Day: My hair rose around my face in the way a thundercloud gathers on the horizon and I slammed my fists once more against the heavy wooden doors.

Notes: Ahead of the game for once! /celebrate