Friday, November 30, 2007

NaNo Day 30: WINNER!!


I hosted the final write-in last night at a local IHOP. This was a write-in with the potential of turning into an all nighter so those of us still trying to finish could make it. We lovingly titled it the "Oh Crap we're running out of time, write-in for slackers" (Okay, maybe that's just what I called it.) I crossed the 50k mark at 12:13 am on Day 30, so I'm done and officially a winner!!! (Now just to finish the book--which will probably be double my current word count, though my first draft goal will be a little lower)

Progress bar:
Zokutou word meter
50,084 / 50,000
(100.2%)


*Happy dance*
I hope everyone out there is doing well. I haven't posted much recently, so in the next few days I'll probably post a couple observations from this past month as well as my NaNoWrimo wrap up. Check back for updates.

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Yet another Widget

Well, my other widget appears to be broken...so I found another one.
This one isn't quite as visually appealing, but it has really cool statistics on it.



Have a great day everyone!

Monday, November 12, 2007

HALFWAY!!

Okay, time to take a short break from writing to dance around the living room because it's day 12 and I just hit the HALFWAY mark in the NaNoWriMo Challenge. *Dances*

Current Word Count:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
25,081 / 50,000
(50.2%)


Okay, dancing over. Time to tuck back into writing, but I had to share first.
Happy Monday everyone. Hope it's going well for you!

Friday, November 09, 2007

New Widget!

Not much of a post today, I just wanted to display the shiny new widget I found today. So, without further ado, let me unveil it:

My NaNoWriMo Progress

Tada!

Happy Friday everyone. Keep pounding out those words.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Chapter 5: In Which the Writer Has No Idea What is Happening

When I was writing my plot outline, there were a couple places I knew I wanted to insert a subplot to get me from one point to another. Unfortunately, while plotting I didn't have any idea what that subplot would be, so I noted the chapter, put in a couple points of stuff that needed to happen before the next scene I knew and left myself the note "something happens here--not sure what. Subplot?" I actually have two chapters in a row where I did this. I guess I thought that by the time I got to the end of the outline I'd know what would go there. Instead I forgot all about it.

Skip ahead a week to last night. It's NaNo day 7, and for the most part I've been making pretty good progress. I'm expanding and fleshing things out following the outline, a couple surprises here or there as my characters develop on the page, but so far this story has stuck very close to the outline, more so than anything else I've written. So, I'm trucking along, making most of my word count goals, things are working. Then I hit Chapter 5.

I didn't realize how reliant I'd been on my outline to keep my forward momentum until I slammed to a halt going "what happens in this scene?" Okay, no problem right? Just skip to the next part. (I usually write chronologically, but I've been known to jump when I'm stuck) I looked at my plans for chapter 6...also nothing. *sigh*

I thought about skipping both chapters and hoping something would connect the points of the story later, but...I was afraid I'd lose a lot of character development skipping that far ahead and I'd be in store for a whole lot of rewriting in the second draft once I actually did figure the mess out.

So, I dug in my heels and tackled chapter 5.

Here is where I ended the night:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
15,864 / 50,000
(31.73%)


Last night was some of the slowest writing I've done this NaNo, but the scene is finally taking shape. I learned some unexpected things and I think I have at least an inkling on how to move forward. I hope I figure it out today and really pound out some words.

Any other plotters out there? Do you ever leave a hole so big in your outline that when you reach it in the story you just stand there staring over the edge for a while? How do you tackle the problem?

Monday, November 05, 2007

NaNo Day 4 (a little late)

Yes, it is technically Day 5 morningish, but I didn't get a chance to post when I finished writing last night.

After my disappointing writing day three, I'm thrilled with my progress on day four. I got a little bit of writing done when I first woke up, a good deal down at the write-in I hosted, and then more before bed, totaling in at around 3.7k for the day--which isn't bad for me.

I'm also very pleased with how my events are going this year--I have a really great bunch of active Wrimos, a couple returning from last year and several who are NaNoing for the first time this year. We've had great attendance at the first three events. (Plotting Bash, Kick-Off, and the first Write-In) Everyone is focused but fun, and I feel more confident and have more ideas for what to do this year than I did last. Yesterday, during the write-in, we had a couple word-wars lasting fifteen minutes each. Word-wars are timed challenges where everyone tries to get as many words on paper as possible during the short sprint. Everyone in the group averaged between 4 and 5 hundred words during each word-war--which for most of us who only write around 5-8hundred words per hour, that is a great feat. It was fun and productive (and I hope the Wrimos found it to be as well) What a major difference from the first write-in I hosted last year where I came back and blogged about whether write-in's were worth the time spent!


Progress Meter:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8778 / 50,000
(17.3%)


I hope everyone is ready for day 5! Keep pounding out those words!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

NaNo Day 3

Wrapping up Day three of NaNo, and it was a busy busy day. This was the last official meeting of the year for CRW, my RWA Chapter. Next month there will only be a Christmas party, so today, in addition to the two workshop formate we usually have every month, we also had a special breakfast workshop and a book signing afterwards. Since the meeting is in Charlotte, a little over an hour drive from where I am, that meant leaving very very early to make it on time. I also spent some time at the book signing to support our published authors. It was lots of fun, but I came home late and exhausted, so this was my first bad writing day.

I didn't make my 2k goal for the day, but I think I'm still on track for the actual NaNo goal, so that is good. I'm hosting a write-in tomorrow at the Library, so hopefully I will be able to make up for some of the slack.

Well, here is the current progress:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
5032 / 50,000
(10.6%)


I hope everyone else had a more productive writing day than I did. (weekends are when you're supposed to catch up from the crazyness of the week, right?)

Keep pounding out those words!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

NaNo Day 1

Wrapping up the first day of NaNo with just over 2.5k.

I'm pretty happy with it. My daily goal for this novel is 2k, so I exceeded it a little today. I'm really excited about the story so far.

Over all, a very good first day!! ^_^

Progress Meter:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2585 / 50,000
(5.14%)


Good night everyone!

The first twenty minutes

Just a short post here.

The clock hit 12:01 on November 1st about twenty minutes ago initiating the beginning of NaNoWriMo, so I pulled up a brand new word document and wrote the first couple paragraphs of my new novel.

Being a 'responsible adult' (yeah right) I now have to turn in so I can get up for work in the morning, but waiting for NaNo to start is a thrill much like children anticipating Christmas morning.

So here is my very first word count for this NaNo season. It's not much, but it was only a few minutes of writing, and its something.
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
318 / 50,000
(0.4%)


Goodnight everyone, and good luck to those of you burning to midnight-oil to boost your first wordcount of NaNo!