NaNoWriMo 2013 – Day 6: Playing Catch Up

ClarkKent at TypewriterIt’s Day Six of NaNoWriMo 2013 and we’re almost at the end of our first week!

It has been a mixed week for my novel with the first few days spent trying to find time to write around a busy working weekend. I managed to squeeze a session in on Monday but most of the day was spent celebrating with my partner because her cancer went into remission exactly five years to the day. It was a happy day, if not a productive one.

So, Tuesday was the first day I could really sit down and push the novel forward. I didn’t try to catch up with the recommended average all in one day; this early on it just isn’t necessary and I didn’t want to burn out before the second week. Instead, I aimed to write around 2k in three sessions of around 700 words. This is a good strategy for me as 700 words in around twenty minutes is a natural session for me, and with a breather between each sitting it means I can clear the whole day’s goal in under two hours. A daily target of 2k won’t clear my shortfall immediately, and after another working weekend I’ll need to step up, but it does clear the gap without stress.

Today has been a bit hectic, both my partner and I are taking part this year so the domestic duties have been ignored more than they should have been. I spent most of the morning catching up with the laundry and making sure I’ve filled the bin for bin day etc. As such, I only managed to squeeze in a session in the morning. After writing this post I’ll be pushing through another two sessions before bed and I should get to my 2k without too much trouble. Tomorrow, I will probably try and push it to 3k so I’m not completely behind before I go back to work.

So, in summary, I’m behind but I’m not concerned. I’m going to write 1k on work days and 2k during the rest of the week, this should average out neatly enough for me to cram the finish without going too crazy. On the more creative side of things, I was a little unsure about my novel at first, but it’s starting to take a shape and a tone that I like. My only concern is that my supporting cast seem to be much more interesting than my lead characters who are clichés at best.

As always, I loved to hear how you’re getting on in the comments. Are any of you pulling your hair out yet?

So that was NaNoWriMo 2012.

nanowrimo logoWow, 30 days (and a bit) later and NaNoWriMo is gone for another year. I know blog updates vanished a bit towards the end there but I’m afraid I fell behind in Week 2 and spent most of the last fortnight in a mad dash to the finish line. It was all worth it though because I did hit 50,000 words in time. It’s a great feeling have a first draft of a novel under your belt. I’m not sure where I’ll take it from here; I’ve yet to go back and re-read it, but I’m still reeling from the shock of actually completing it on time.

After a few days well earned brake from writing, I’m getting back to it this week. With any luck I should have another Timewasters story edited and ready to read by Christmas, which will be a very nice step forward, but other than that my only plan this month is to enjoy the season of good will. Lots planned for 2013 and I want to hit the ground running in January.

Another Quick NaNoWriMo Update.

nanowrimo logoHey all,

Just a quick post to let you know how my NaNoWriMo is going. I had a few personal hiccups last week and I’m sorry to say I fell pretty far behind. I’ve been working to catch up this week but I’m only just crossing the halfway point. At the moment my plan is not to try and catch up as fast as possible and burn out but to try and bump my daily average up a little bit every day. I’ve been working on writing around 2000 words a day which currently isn’t enough to finish on time, but I shouldn’t be too far behind by the time I get to the last few days. It’ll be a lot easier to write a big bulk of the novel when I can see the finish line.

How is it going for everyone else?

Owen.

NaNoWriMo: Almost half-way update post!

The Countdown ClockGood Morning Wrimos!

It’s been a slow week in a lot of ways. I didn’t get much writing out in the weekend due to work commitments and I didn’t do much better on the blog updates either. I have my Red Dwarf X post coming up but that’s not finished yet, so instead I have to tell you all about my NaNoWriMo hurdle.

Basically I’ve fallen behind.

I didn’t write anything on Saturday or Sunday, then I left it until way too late on Monday and so my wordcount went un-updated for three. whole. days! Shocking, I know. It knocked my average a bit, but I’m back on the horse now. I’ve written about 3500 words in the last 24 hours which doesn’t come close to catching up but if I can just swing 2000 words a day from here on out then I should be fine. Things will get better after next Saturday though as I’ll be completely free from the rest of the month.

I’m still feeling good about it this year. I haven’t written as much as I did last year yet, but I’ve only just fallen behind which is much, much better. On top of that, I’m finding it a lot easier overall and so I’m pretty confident that I’ll get it all done and dusted by the 30th.

I’ll see you all at the finish line,

Owen.

 

NaNoWriMo: Week 1 – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Calvin WritingGood Morning, Fellow WriMos!

We have entered Week Two of National Novel Writing Month 2012. How is everybody doing?

Since I’ve been keeping the updates a little sparse this month, I thought I’d do a quick rundown of my week.

Positives:

My word count is currently 12,555. I haven’t started writing today, but I’m certainly going to be above par by the time I finish. I’m doing better than usual this month with my daily count at around 2000 words during the week. Unfortunately, my busier weekends mean my average is sitting at around 18,000.

The scenes I’m writing are turning out quite well. I’m coming away from most sessions feeling pretty positive about what I wrote.

Negatives: 

I’m actually writing less that I planned. I’d told myself I’d writing 3000 words a day, but that’s usually a bit tougher than I expected.  I think this is because I gave the novel the same sort of plan I’d use for a short story, and it’s not really detailed enough. While I know the novel’s plot as a big picture, I’m a lot less certain about the fine details and so I’m taking a lot of time during a session to think about what’s happening next. It’s also taking me longer to get started.

Related to that, the story isn’t unfolding as smoothly as I’d like. I have the major signposts in my head, but all too often I feel like I’m just writing to kill time until a specific word count when some turn in the plot will happen. This isn’t good and it’s creating a lot of “dead air,” where I’m writing empty words for the sake of it. Maybe I shouldn’t worry about it too much. I’m ahead with my word count and this is my most successful novel attempt yet. (I got further last year, but the plot had even more problems than this one.) Perhaps this is what it’s always like to write a novel and I won’t know what I’ve got to work with until I start the editing process.

The Mixed: 

A lot of new elements have been introduced in this first draft. There’s a whole new character and plot line that I had not planned on including that isn’t particularly well planned out, but does seem to add to the overall tapestry.

The pacing is screwed up but I’m not necessarily sure this is a bad thing. The passage of time isn’t how I imagined it in my plan, but it’s opening up new perspectives for me.

It’s not as funny as I thought it was. There are some good laughs in it, I think, but they don’t last anywhere near as long as I’d expected. However, the more serious aspects replacing it are working for me.

The End.

 

NaNoWriMo: Day 5

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Day 5 of NaNoWriMo is nearly over. It’s been a busy few days but I’m keeping just about par, my wordcount is currently 8628, which I’m pretty happy with.

Fellow WriMos can add me as a buddy. Username is Illogicology.

How’s it going for the rest of you?

NaNoWriMo – Day 2

Number2Day 2 of NaNoWriMo.

Just a quick wordcount update. I’m now up to 5216 words. That’s above par according to the little graph, but I’m working all day tomorrow so I might not get much time to write and I wanted to get ahead.

As usual, you can add me as a writing buddy. My username is illogicology.

-Owen