NaNoWriMo Day 27

The Words: 1686 words today, starting with a 15-minute sprint with my daughter and the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter. Then I realized I was close to the end of the draft, so I just kept going on my own and finished it!

The Story: A lot of explanation ended up needing to fit into the final scene, and it wasn’t very organized. And then I realized I left something (smallish) out. During revision, I’ll have to figure out if it all needs kept or not, and how to make it flow better. But that’s future-me’s problem, along with the fact that the draft is 20k words too short, so I’ll need to figure out something else for it, maybe even an entire sub-plot. Now-me is just glad to have finished the draft as planned.

Final word count: 54,756

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 27, 2011. (Though you’re on your own to finish them, since this is my last of these posts for the month!

Oh, and be sure to watch the wrap-up of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 26

The Words: 1864 words today, all in one 30-minute sprint with the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter. I didn’t write at all yesterday, which wasn’t intentional. I usually try to at least get some words in on Thanksgiving, but it was an unusual Thanksgiving for us this year, and I completely forgot to write until after midnight. I’m a little annoyed that I ruined the daily writing streak I’ve had going all month, but not as much as I would be if I wasn’t already planning to stop early if I finished the draft before the end of the month.

The Story: Today was all post-climax falling action. I’m on the last scene of the book, though it’s probably going to be a fairly long scene. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll finish the draft tomorrow.

Total word count: 53,070

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 26, 2011!

NaNoWriMo Day 23

The Words: 4323 words today, starting with a 10-minute sprint with my daughter, who was at the end of her writing time for the evening by then. Then I did a sprint myself and joined in with the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter for a 15-minute sprint and then a #1k30 sprint. That last one ended 15 minutes before midnight, and when I entered my total words from it, I saw I’d just squeaked by the 50k mark!!

The Story: Between knowing that I was close to 50k words and writing a couple of scenes that were leading up to the climax, my adrenaline was pumping a bit tonight. Seriously, my leg still won’t stay still. And now I’ve just started into the climax, which I’ll continue tomorrow.

Total word count: 50,018

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 23, 2011!

NaNoWriMo Day 21

The Words: 2430 words today, starting with a 5-minute sprint sitting in the pew before church started. Then my daughter and I did 2 sprints alongside the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter, though I almost gave up before the 2nd because I’m super tired after getting up early this morning. My daughter pushed me to do the 2nd.

The Story: The main character was arrested for murder while trying to do a little investigating of his own. I don’t really like the way the information is unfolding for the reader, so I will have re-think some of the story flow in revision.

Total word count: 43,291

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 21, 2011!

NaNoWriMo Day 14

The Words: 1353 total words, done during 2 sprints with my daughter early in the evening. I decided not to go for more. It’s definitely been a slower-paced NaNo for me this year.

The Story: A pivotal moment for the story happened in today’s writing, but I wasn’t really feeling it. I think it’s because of the difficulty I’ve had planning this story in a way that will make it work better than the first time I tried to write it. Hopefully I won’t struggle too much to push past this part tomorrow.

Total word count: 29,247

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 14, 2011!

NaNoWriMo Day 13

The Words: 2910 total words, my highest daily word count this month. I also passed the halfway point! I started out with a solo 15-minute sprint before supper, then after supper my daughter wanted to write together. She’s a bit behind, so she wanted to get as much in as she could before bedtime. I did a 10-minute and a 30-minute sprint with her alongside the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter, and then she went on to do a couple more short sprints by herself when I realized how many words I had for the day.

The Story: I finished most of the scenes I’d brainstormed last Saturday to fill out the word count more. I’ve left one because I’m not sure yet how it will fit into the story, or even who it will involve. I got to the end of the last of those scenes in the middle of a sprint, but I wasn’t prepared for that. I didn’t know where I’d last left off in the bulk of the story, so I had to go back and find it. Then I finished another scene and wasn’t prepared to go on in my outline, so I had to load up Scrivener during a sprint. A little messy, but now I’m back to the story proper. On the other hand, I liked writing those other scenes, which are connections to the larger series. I actually considered keeping the last one going past what I really needed for the story, since I was in the middle of a sprint at the time and was enjoying the topic at hand. But I didn’t.

Total word count: 27,894

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 13, 2011!

NaNoWriMo Day 6

The Words: 2797 total words for the day, only 4 words more than yesterday. I had planned to stop at 2000 words today, but my daughter and I finally managed to catch the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter in action today. As much as I enjoy writing alongside that feed, my daughter likes it even more. So we joined in for the last 10 minutes of a 20-minute sprint, then did a 15-minute one. Then they announced a #1k30, and I told my daughter I didn’t need that many more words, and that I didn’t want to get too far ahead. She just gave me this ornery look (she’s a little behind, so she certainly needed the words) and said I could write less tomorrow. So we went for it, and thus I wrote almost 800 words more than I meant to.

The Story: A rocky relationship came to an official end, and the Big Mystery of this story really got started today. I am constantly realizing that I’m not writing things quite right, due to trying to write fast, and have to let it go for now. My biggest concern is that relationship I mentioned—I’m pretty sure it was due to end when it did, but I’m not certain it should have been as rocky as it was leading up to that, for the sake of the mystery being mysterious. That’s one thing I’ll have to look at more closely in editing.

Total word count: 15,727

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 6, 2011!
And in case you need some extra inspiration, check out the 2nd episode of the NaNoMusical!

NaNoWriMo Day 15

The Words: 3859 words total for the day.

I took advantage of a quiet, lazy Sunday afternoon to do several word sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. I almost stopped at 3200 words, which was enough for the day anyway, but decided to push it for one more sprint.

The Story: Things are not looking good for the prisoner, who has been locked up for a few months now. Now he’s questioning his sanity and the benevolence of someone he met in prison.

This storyline is almost done–I’m guessing I’ll finish it tomorrow or Tuesday, at the latest. Today is the halfway point of the month, but I’m sure I’m more than halfway through the story, since the last 2 storylines will be closer to the length of this one (which is just under 12,000 words right now) than the first storyline (which ended with 30,000 words). So it may be time to cap my word counts at a lower number from now on.

Total word count: 43,070

If you want to join me in my journey through the first year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 15, 2010!

NaNoWriMo Day 14

The Words: 1989 words total for the day.

Though today was Saturday, I wrote less than normal. One of the reasons for this was because my daughter wasn’t pushing for us to do sprints as much as she has been lately (she started about a week late, so maybe she’s hitting the week-2 blues now). We did a couple this afternoon and then stopped so I could get some other things done. We never got back to it together.

After she went to bed, I was approaching my own bedtime, since I have to get up really early tomorrow, but I only had 900 words. So I did a couple of short sprints to at least be above normal par for the day and am calling it a night.

The Story: A bit of time has passed for the prisoner (weeks, maybe months, I’m not sure myself, because I’m not paying attention to my timeline as I write) and he’s just about had enough of this place. He’s not so sure about the wisdom of talking to the person in the adjoining cell anymore either. And in today’s words, he had a few unnerving conversations with the antagonist (of the whole book, not just this storyline).

Total word count: 39,211

If you want to join me in my journey through the first year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 14, 2010!

NaNoWriMo Day 13

The Words: 3514 words total for the day.

I didn’t have a chance to write until after supper, but
fortunately, my daughter was ready to write then too. We did 2 15-minute sprints and a 5-minute, then got her ready for bed. Then we did 2 more 15-minute sprints with the @NaNoWordSprints Twitter feed.

The Story: In another perfect example of how terrible I am at estimating word counts in advance of writing, I was really thrown off today. Yesterday, I finished storyline 1 (of 4) for this book, and it came out to a total of 30k words. I knew I’d be slimming it down a decent amount in revision, but still, I’d expected about 18k per storyline for the other three.

Today I started writing in storyline, which I already had written 2500 words of back on day 2. And in adding 3500 words to it, I’m already halfway through the outline for that storyline. So…hmm… I guess 12k words won’t be too bad, since I always knew storyline 1 was going to be longer…I’m curious to see how the other 2 storylines come out though.

As far as the story goes, I really enjoyed writing about this character, who is basically a prisoner of war, and a connection he’s making with someone in an adjoining cell. (Sort of strange to say I enjoyed writing about a prisoner, though.)

Total word count: 37,222

If you want to join me in my journey through the first year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 13, 2010!