Friday, May 27, 2016

MayNoWriMo Update #3

Week 3 update!

I'm 3/4 through my fast drafting experiment and I've made great progress! Since I started on May 6th, I've written over 40,000 words!  Yay!

And, because I wrote some scenes before I started this, in total I've written over 50k! So, technically I've already won MayNoWriMo.  :)  But really, the only way I "win" is if I finish this draft, no matter whether it's 50k or 75k. So, there's still work to do!

I'm optimistic that I'll be able to finish this book by June 5th. Then the real work of revising will begin!

Here are my weekly totals:

Friday, May 20, 2016

MayNoWriMo Update #2

Another week, another update!

I'm now 2 weeks into MayNoWriMo. I kept up with my word count goals this week, but it was HARD at times. I've never written a substantial amount every day of the week. There was one day (this Wednesday) where I wrote almost 4,000 words. That felt like an amazing accomplishment...but then the next day I had to wake up and do it all over again. I definitely understand why people need encouragement, daily charts, etc, etc when they're doing NaNoWriMo!

One upside of these daily goals is that I now have a new writing technique to help me reach my word count each day:


Sometimes I just can't sit at a desk or on a couch any longer. I can't sit at all. When the weather is nice, I've been going for a walk during the afternoon. It's amazing how the words start to flow as soon as I'm moving again.

I don't have a good dictation app on my phone right now so the dictation is messy to say the least. But I'm finding that I'm a lot less critical of myself when I just say what comes to mind instead of having to type it. Of course, that means that sometimes I say some pretty dumb stuff, but overall I can't tell a big difference between typing and dictation in terms of first draft quality. But I see a hell of a difference in time.

Now I just need a dictation app that knows when I say Dev (an important character in the book), I don't mean Devil.  That would be a very different book!

The plan for the next week is: keep writing.

I've crossed the 25,000 word mark (technically I've almost hit 40k because I wrote a good amount over my Christmas break). Hopefully I can add another 12-13k in this next week.

Friday, May 13, 2016

MayNoWriMo Update #1

It's been one week since I started MayNoWriMo with a few friends so I thought I'd post a quick update. Every day we've been texting each other to check in on our daily writing goals. While they're working on revisions and illustrations, I'm doing "classic" NaNo: trying to write a first draft of a novel in one month (...or a bit longer). 

So far so good! 

Since I don't have all the fun extras that come from participating in NaNoWriMo during November, I decided to track my word choice in excel so that I'd have a nice visual at the end. 

This week I've written 13,000+ words which is AMAZING. It's hard to say how many of those words I'll keep once revisions roll around, but I'm still really excited to have made that much progress!

I'll post again in a week with the newest word counts!