NaNoWriMo Day 26

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The Words: 1837 words. I didn’t sit down to start writing until after 10pm today, but was able to get just past par, getting the last of these words right before midnight. The rest of the days of the month will not be a whole lot better for writing time than what I’ve had recently, so I will probably not have any more big days this month, but I will still try to write at least something every day.

The Story:  The climax stalled a little as I struggled with where to take it (yay, pantsing!) and the characters just started discussing things. I finally had to stop them short and get the action back on track. I think I am at the end of the climax now, and have just the conclusion left for storyline 1. And the conclusion will be a pretty big thing for this part of the world, not to mention something that was only made possible by an “Aha!” moment that came out while writing earlier in the month. This is why I love NaNo!

Total word count: 77,597

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November 26, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 25

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The Words: 1697 words. I went for par today, after a full day of work, and managed to catch some perfectly timed sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. That’s all I have to say about the word count today.

The Story:  Storyline 2 got a little mushy today, with 2 characters who have been through a good amount of hardship, both individually and in their relationship. It was nice to give them a chance to be happy together for a bit. And now we’re perched on the edge of the climax of this streamline, which is not the main climax of the novel, but I’m really looking forward to it. Which means it’ll probably fall flat in this first draft and need hefty revision.

Total word count: 75,758

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already:
November 25, 2019
And with 5 days left of NaNoWriMo, be sure to check out episode 5 of the NaNoMusical, where the stresses of the month catch up to the characters in my favorite song of the whole thing!

NaNoWriMo Day 24

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The Words: 643 words. Every month has those days where I just write a little to say I wrote that day. Today was one of those days. It was an early morning, as the 4th Sunday of the month always is, since my husband and I are on the worship team at our church on those Sundays, and we have to go early for practice before the service. I brought my Neo and wrote about 300 words in the downtime after practice.

Then, my husband and I headed to the larger city about 40 minutes away for some shopping and a date night. We got back late and had to take care of some things at home, so I cranked out another 300 words just to be able to get a few more words in.

The Story:  Storyline 1 took a sudden turn today, heading right for the climax of this book, which I really only planned to include within the last week or so. I’ll be pantsing it, which may or may not work out well. My history of pantsing more than little bits of my novel throughout the month has been pretty hit-or-miss for me (last year, a huge success; 2015, not so much).

I let myself off the hook for how little I wrote tonight when I realized how close I am to the end of the story in both storylines, with 6 days still left of NaNoWriMo. It’s a delicate balance for me–I basically want to get to the end of the draft on November 30th, so I don’t run out of story too soon, or risk the draft not getting done.

Total word count: 74,061

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November 24, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 23

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The Words: 1843 words, again just happy to get at least par. More freelance work for my old job took up my morning and afternoon, and I have to get up really early tomorrow, so I’m going to bed early. I really hope to pick up the pace for the rest of the month, but it’s not going to happen today.

The Story:  Storyline 2 saw a reuniting of two friends who spent the whole story before now apart. It was nice, but it’s nothing compared to the reunion that’s coming soon. The end of this storyline isn’t far away, which at this point is a good thing. While I hate running out of something to write before the end of the month, I’ve been a little concerned about finishing the draft this month, due to being so busy, so I’m seeing some hope for that now!

Total word count: 73,418

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November 23, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 22

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The Words: 2040 words and happy to get that. I did some freelance work for my old job today (helping get an app built, which is really not my area of expertise) and worked on the cover of “Pithea” (which comes out on January 10th!) to try to make it look better on the paperback. By evening, my head just wasn’t in the first-draft writing space. But I dug down deep and did some sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter and at least wrote a bit past par.

The Story:  Today was all conversation for storyline 1. I really like how the characters are developing in this storyline, but I will probably have to put more variety into it in the next draft. For now though, big news has been revealed that may or may not be as much of a huge revelation for the readers (someday far in the future) as it is for the characters.

Total word count: 71,575

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November 22, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 21

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The Words: 3538 words. I did a few sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter this evening, and some writing on my own between sprints. It’s nice to feel like I’m making progress with higher word counts again, but I think tomorrow will end up being another shorter day.

The Story:  I went back to storyline 2 today and gave the main character there a chance to release some frustration over some pretty crappy things that have happened to him recently. And I realized that I don’t really know what my climax is for this book, because there’s a potential for one in storyline 2, but I had never planned to actually show this scene happening for multiple reasons. So I think storyline 1 might have to contain the climax, but thanks to some fresh ideas I’ve had come up during writing, that might actually be possible!

Total word count: 69,535

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November 21, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 20

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The Words: 1727 words. I had an afternoon and early evening without kids today, but still ended up spending most of my free time during it working on formatting for “Pithea”. Then I had to head to my church for worship team practice (I’m on once a month), and realized how late it would be when I got home. So I took my Neo with me and wrote in the car for the second time this month.

It was dark all the way there and back, so it was really rough at first, because I couldn’t check the screen to see what I’d last written, and even though I try really hard not to backspace to fix mistakes, it’s a habit. So I wouldn’t know if I’d actually erased enough or too much. I ended up turning on the light on the mirror of my visor.

All of the words came during the half hour drive there and back, which was really not too bad at all, and I liked being able to make use of that time.

The Story:  I wrote more for storyline 1 today, and think I will need to do that more tomorrow, because there is more of that left in the outline than for storyline 2. I hit on a new idea today, which will likely be part of the next book, or maybe come up near the end of this one. It was a somewhat larger “Aha!” moment building on the smaller one that occurred on day 15 and involves politics, which I never really thought I’d care to get into much in my books, but in a way that actually interests me. Hopefully I can make it interesting to readers too.

I claimed my win today (thanks to an email explaining how), which is always exciting! Also, my winner’s shirt will be arriving in a few days!


Total word count: 65,997

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November 20, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 19

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The Words: 4118 words. The weekly write-in at my local library was today. It’s a small writing group that meets throughout the year, and none of them really do NaNo. Some like to come to the write-ins, though, and work on whatever writing they’re doing. No one showed up last week, so I went home after waiting about 15 minutes. Today, I had higher hopes that some would come, because it’s the Tuesday we normally meet monthly. But when no one was there at the starting time, I decided to start a 20-minute sprint myself, and at least get some writing in while also giving others a chance to arrive late. No one did, but at least I went home with a 1139 jump on my words tonight. The rest I got in a #1k30min sprint and a regular 20-minute sprint with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. It felt really good to get a higher word count again.

The Story: For the sprint at the library, I wrote for storyline 2b, which I haven’t spent as much time on this month, but is also the shortest of all the storylines (it is a sub-storyline, after all). The main character in that storyline got a little snarky and called his counterpart out, which was not in my plans.

The rest of the time was spent writing for storyline 2. That included more stress and anger, from the same character, actually. And then I started pantsing a scene that will transition from where I was to the next plot point in my outline.

I don’t quite know if I’m still on track to reach the end of the draft by the end of the month. Going strictly by the numbers, I’m about 70% of the way through my outline, and we’re only 63% of the way through the month. I keep adding new scenes that come up organically, or that seem necessary to get from one plot point to another, though. I’m still hoping to finish with all the little formatting thins I’m working for “Pithea” soon, which will give me the ability to go back to spending more time on my NaNoNovel. Publishing a book is a lot of work.

Total word count: 64,270

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November 19, 2019
This is a good time to watch episode 4 of the NaNoMusical, where things really heat up!

NaNoWriMo Day 18

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The Words: 2127 words in 3 sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. Not much more than that to say today.

The Story: Today was back to storyline 2, and plans for an escape are finally getting underway. I’m starting to question some of my ideas for this story, or for how certain characters act, but I’ll keep going this way for now, because that’s what NaNoWriMo is about. If it doesn’t work out in the end, I’ll revisit the outline and make changes for the 2nd draft.

Total word count: 60,152

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November 18, 2019

NaNoWriMo Day 17

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The Words: 2027 words in 2 sprints with @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. My updates are getting pretty repetitive, because my NaNo writing lately has been very similar day by day. I am hoping to be done with the final revision of “Pithea” in the next couple of days (though will have to push hard to do that), after which I’ll send for one last (hopefully) proof copy, and start pushing to get through more of this draft in a day while I wait.

The Story: Like the last few times I wrote for storyline 1, today was a lot of discussion between the government leaders of two neighboring nations. I realized today that most of what they’re discussing is mostly just me figuring out how to proceed, since I’m veering off of my outline a bit. Or maybe just fleshing out what’s there. There’s also some very simple, somewhat immature flirting, which is always fun.

Total word count: 58,025

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November 17, 2019