The Good and the Sad…

As I post this I will be plugging away during the last couple hours on my NaNo project.  It’s with mixed feelings that I will be plugging away.  I’m at 30,000 words so I will most likely not finish so that’s the sad part of my NaNo experience.  However, the good part of my NaNo experience outweighs the sad.  The results of participating this year have been amazing.

For one, I’m closer to that 50,000 word goal than I have ever been in the three years I have done NaNo.  This year has been a tremendous one for me.

Second,  it has given me a consistency in my writing that I have not had in a long time.  It has put me on this amazing momentum that I plan to carry through in the coming months.

Third, it has set up for me, inadvertantly, a writing pattern that I will use in the coming months.

I’m amazed to see the progress I’ve made.  It’s fuel to my writing fire and that’s truly good…

Congrats to all my fellow ROW80ers who are NaNo Participants who have finished.  Well done!  And to all those, who are like me, and didn’t quite finish, kudos to you for the effort you put forth towards the goal.  You are further than you are on your writing project than you were at the start of the month and that’s truly good…

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Down To The Wire…

A quick check-in: 3 more days to the end of Nano and I’m about halfway there.  :-))  But I’ll continue to plug away.  Aiming for about 5,000 words a day — won’t put me at the finish but will put me close.  Who knows I may even have the energy to eek out the extra few thousand I would need to finish.  If anything, I’ll be closer than I was last year…

…so I’m off.   My main goal for the next three days.

Wishing you NaNoers much luck as we all sprint to the finish.

Quick Check-In…

Wow, this check-in came quickly!

Still plugging away at the NaNo piece.  Hoping and aiming for a major push for the rest of this week and next week before the last day of NaNo.  I believe I can still finish strong even though now it will mean pushing out about 3,500 words a day.  I’m flexing my fingers, powering up my computer,  I’m up for it.  Thank goodness we’re on Thanksgiving Break, too.

I really appreciate NaNoWriMo for how it pushes me to get words on a page.  Though it’s hard to start, once I’m done writing, I feel rejuvenated, as well as a sense of accomplishment.  I like that this happens on a daily basis, too because it pushes me to keep going and gives me the faith that I, too, can eek out a novel.

So I’m off…to put down more words… oh and create that Thanksgiving menu.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Writing and Recovery…

It’s been a busy week complete with surgery but it hasn’t been a bad one.  The writing has been consistent though fewer words than I hoped for my NaNo project.  I’m aiming to do over 3,000 words per day this week to make up and hopefully reach my goal of 50,000.  It’s progress though slow-going.

It’s Thanksgiving Week, the boys are home from school, I can’t lift anything (including the toddler) or drive so I will be homebound which means I’m looking forward to stealing some chunks of time to write, especially since the husband has promised to take care of the meals for the kiddos. 

So I’m trying to take it easy and plug away as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  Also, looking to complete those other ROW80 goals so we’ll see how it all pans out…

Wishing all you ROW80ers a good week.

 

Consistent and Hoping…

I’m prepping for surgery tomorrow.  I’ll be out of it for much of the day due to what my friend calls the “happy drugs” I’ll be under, but I’m hoping that I’ll be at least relaxed and pain-free enough to put some words – even a little bit – on paper tomorrow evening.  The NaNo writing is back to being consistent and I don’t want to ruin a good thing.  Hopefully my body will agree.

Haven’t yet finished that paranormal revision but hoping to get to it soon.  Wishing for a smooth surgery, an even smoother recovery and lots of written words along the way.  The latter a strong possibility since The Dad will keep the little men at bay so that I can recover which means quiet times alone….

 

11,000 and Counting…

I am working on a post that will be featured on a website later this week.  It feels good to work on a blog post again.  Lately, my posts have felt a little shallow because I think I’ve been rushed to get them in.

I have been doing NaNo daily and consistently which excites me. I’ve hit approximately 11,000 words.  I am behind still and according to my NaNo stats I’ll need to write about 2,000 words a day to finish in time.  This makes me frown – daunting task! but then I smile because I remember a few nights ago I literally wrote close to 2,000 words without even realizing it.  I was so into the story and didn’t even keep count of the words.  So I think not thinking of word count really is beneficial to me, which goes right along with the advice I’ve received from a couple of you ROW80ers – Thank you!!

The story.  Therein lies the challenge lately of these last couple of nights.  Though I have an outline of my scenes, I’m doubting the substance of my story but I’m forcing myself to keep writing  despite not feeling completely confident in it.  Surprisingly, a couple of cool scenes have emerged from this.  Writing is really about keeping your bottom in the chair.

I close to finishing the revision of that paranormal mystery in the next couple of days.  That would mean one ROW80 goal accomplished and that would be awesome!  Progress…so good.  Crossing my fingers…

Two Steps Forward…Three Steps Back…One More Forward…

The above title has been my NaNo experience these past few days, tonight being the one step forward, even though I arr nived home at about 9:00 this evening from book club.  After viewing the husband’s amazing photos from his equally amazing trip to Chile, I prepped myself for at least an hour of writing.  I’m back to playing catch-up so of course, I’ll have to work extra hard in the next several days. 

I was tempted to feel discouraged about it all until I started writing.  The words are flowing so now I am encouraged and even though I won’t hit the daily goal of 1, 663, at least I get to start again and have that chance at consistency that I had a week ago.  I’m pretty excited about that prospect.

My other ROW80 goals have been woefully neglected due to NaNo but not forgotten.  I’m hoping to get to them during my scheduled writing days this weekend. 

Okay, back to the NaNo draft…

More Accomplished…

Checking in and I am so happy with how the week has gone, especially since I’ve been manning the house of three kiddos solo this week.  I was able to get more than I expected accomplished. Is it because I’m alone at nights once the kiddos go to bed and not distracted by my darling husband?  Hmmm….

I’ve been doing NaNo, and though I’m still a bit behind, I am quickly catching up. I actually exceeded my daily word count for yesterday.  Yay!

Some good news on the blogging front for me. I will be featured and guest posting in the coming months with my other blog, Bronx 2 Boulder.  My other writing.  It will be my first time doing this so it’s a little scary for me because I still feel like I’m figuring out this whole blogging thing.  It’s a new world for me.

Speaking of worlds, my 19 month old is pulling me back into the real world.    I’m hoping for a consistent week this week with NaNo and to accomplish a couple of my ROW80 goals like working on those query letters/synopses for my two mysteries and finally finishing the paranormal revision.  I’m so close…

 

A Step Behind…

It’s day 2 of NaNo and I’ve barely begun.  Yes, I’m planning on making it up.  The goal will be at least 10 pages tonight and tomorrow night which I hope will put me on track on the 6/7 pages per day goal.  I’m so happy to have the outline to go off of.  What was I thinking the first year I tried NaNo when I tried to write straight from my head?

The husband is out of the country and I’m fulfilling both Mom and Dad duties to the three little munchkins until he returns next week but I’m still excited and faithful.  Of course, still on track to fulfill the rest of my ROW80 goals on those scheduled writing days.  I’ll have the evenings after I put the kiddos to bed if I’m not completely zonked.  And if I am, I’ll resort to the headphones listening to my 80s dance music mixed in with a little alternative rock. Eclectic, I know.  But it does the trick in waking me up.

Raising my glass to all my ROW80/NaNo peeps who are writing furiously and to the ROW80ers who are supporting us.   Much appreciation!