Final NaNo Tally… I am a Winner!!

Well, NaNo this month was hard. November is a hard month for me. Lots going on both inside my head and outside of it. So I found myself really having to force the writing.

But, that said. 52,449 is my final tally for this month! I will be honest, not all 50,000 words is on the project I started with. I was a bit of a rebel, and I finished off doing some character building and some world building for projects I had started previously but lost direction on.

The number one thing I learned about myself this year is that I need to plan before I write, otherwise I get lost, and the story gets convoluted into something that I no longer control. So I will be using the winner’s code to buy Scrivener to help with that planning thing.

And now, onward to Christmas! And more reading, and reviewing!

How did your NaNo endeavours turn out?

Another NaNoWriMo Check-in

So, another week has gone by, and my word count has climbed slowly but steadily. 28,485 words so far.

I have learned a lot about myself as an author this time around, and I know I need to start doing some planning before I write again. The story for NaNo is running away without me, and I am not impressed with it.

I am reaching critical mass for fatigue, and I have been tempted to give up on NaNo a lot… I think it is through pure stubbornness that I am still going. Last night the almost-unthinkable happened. I almost wound up being short on words. I was so disappointed in myself, but when I was sitting here, falling asleep, trying to write… I didn’t have much choice. I decided to finish out the scene before going to bed, and when I did I was ahead on words. So it all worked out.

And now I need to get my words done for the night before I get to the point of falling asleep at my computer again.

NaNoWriMo 2012 – Checking In

NaNoWriMo is going well so far. I have been pretty sick, but I am still forcing myself to get the words in every day.

I like my story. I can see going far with this one. Either I will edit it and serialize it, or I will edit it and try to publish. But this is the first time I have felt strongly about editing and doing more with my story.

My current word count is 8868 words. I am a ways off of the 20,000+ some people have managed to rack up, but I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I have some serious health issues that impede my writing abilities. (You try doing NaNo with Fibro Fog… or riding a migraine hangover. Neither is fun) I may not be banging out words as massively as other people are, but I am on track. I am even ahead of the game a little bit!

How are your NaNo adventures coming along? Are you ahead of word count? Behind?

NaNoWriMo 2012 – And We’re Off!

So, I did the whole write-a-little-at-midnight thing, and I have a somewhat respectable 519 words to springboard off of come morning. I am pretty pleased with that.

My novel, working title Scent Memory, is a fantasy about a woman who blends perfume oils, but has a deep dark secret as to how she gets them to smell so scintillating.

November hasn’t been kind to me in the past with NaNoWriMo… something always goes wrong… and I am kind of on tenterhooks to see if it will be a trend. But fingers crossed, knock on wood, and any other superstitious anti-jinxing mumbo-jumbo you can think of… it will all be good.

So, tell me about your novel! Did you write at midnight, or are you waiting?

On NaNoWriMo, why I gave up on House of Leaves, and more…

I haven’t done a general rambly post in a long time. Not since I went on the hiatus I still haven’t officially come back from. Things have settled from that, thankfully. So here is hoping the blog will be more active again. Because I have SO many plans. Oh what fun!

So, NaNoWriMo… National Novel Writing Month. I did this in August (that incarnation being known as Camp NaNoWriMo) and succeeded in writing 50,000 words in one month. This was the first time I had done it ever, and I am SO proud. So I will be doing it again in November. Which, holy shit, is only a week away. OK, nine days. But really.

I have a plot. So that is step one. I even have a working title and some character names. Go me, go!

Feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are doing NaNoWriMo in November. (And you should be!) I am vanillabean over there. Here is a link: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/vanillabean

This week, I did something I have only done two or three times before. I stopped reading a book in the middle. That book was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It was a book club selection. It had fantastic potential to creep me out, especially when I flipped to later pages and saw the wonky formatting. I got shivers then. But the academic nature of the first part of the book made it impossible for me to get into it. I might have been able to force myself to read it, but I realized I have been doing that a lot, lately.

I have been reading books that I haven’t chosen for myself. And I am not enjoying them. It is part of why I am so far behind on my goal to read 75 books this year. I keep getting bogged down in these books I have no energy or patience for, because I feel like I have to read them for some reason.

Well, I don’t. So House of Leaves is going back to the library. Will I try to read it again? Maybe someday. But no rush.

I claimed I had more to write about in the subject line, but at this point that is a horrible, horrible lie. I can’t remember what else I was going to write. So on that note, I bid you farewell.

Camp NaNo 2012 – WINNER

Many things tried to keep me from winning this month, but I persevered. For those of you who don’t know, you only get this shiny little graphic after you validate your novel and it can see that YES you have indeed finished 50,000 words or more.

I finished at 50,150 words. My novel’s working title and plot are things that I plan to keep secret for a while. But I will be taking a break before I continue with it.

So, when does National Sleep For A Month month start? Anyone?

Camp NaNoWriMo – The Home Stretch!

So with the rolling over of the clock from August 25 to August 26, I am officially in my last week of NaNo.

I mean, technically you could say I have been in the last week for a few days now, since the one week mark was Friday, but there is something concrete about seeing the end on the same line of the calendar as your current day that makes it that much more… final.

I hit 40,000 words today! I still haven’t figured out what my 25,000 word reward will be, or my 50,000 word reward. Maybe sushi for lunch for 25,000 words, and then buying a movie I have been really wanting to watch for 50,000? (Avatar, in case you are curious…)

I am actually going to do this. I am going to finish this Camp NaNoWriMo, and at the end I will have 50,000 words of story. OK, so it will be 50,000 words of story, a good 25,000 of which will probably meet the machete of editing when I get there. But this is HUGE for me. It is a HUGE obstacle to overcome the need to write perfectly the first time and to just… write.

And damn. It feels good.