NaNoWriMo update: Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Yeah!  Four-time winner here, ladies and gents!  Woohoo!

And here’s where the party ends.  When I hit 50,000 words I realized that I was only at the end of part two of what is a 3-part novel.  I’ve still got quite a road ahead of me until the rough draft is actually complete.  So, I’m pressing on in the hopes of getting to the end, so I can finish revising and editing another novel that’s been sitting in limbo for almost a year… and then there’s that one that I started writing in October… and the one that’s been outlined for a year… and the series that Joe wants to work with me on… oh, and that awesome idea he had for a horror-ish type fantasy novel… and on and on…

I’m really excited and nervous about this one as it’s so different from my other works.  Even though “By Grace Alone” was much more dramatic than my Dunham tales, it was still contemporary chick lit.  I don’t even know what to classify this new one under.  Oh, fiddle-dee-dee, I’ll think about that tomorrow.  Getting it finished is my priority for now.

I hope those of you that joined me in this year’s NaNo adventure are doing well and moving those word counts along.  If you need help, get on twitter and follow @nanowordsprints.  They helped me through several slow days.  They offer random word prompts, plot twists, even weather suggestions that will help pull you out of the doldrums.  One of my favorites had to be “Use the word ‘gristly’.  And go!”  One word brought out a whole scene I hadn’t thought of before.

Back to writing…

NaNoWriMo Update #4

So, I’m well over halfway done with my 50,000 word masterpiece. In fact, I’m at 34,286 words this morning which is quite an accomplishment all things considered.

This year’s piece has been especially challenging, not only because of the subject matter, but also because The Peeshwank’s busy schedule has been keeping me on my toes.  My little actor has play rehearsal just about every night, an orchestra concert sometime this week (is it tonight?  oh lord, it’s not tonight is it?), Odyssey of the Mind practice, and oh yeah, all his Pre-AP homework and projects.  It may not sound like a whole lot but get this, we’ve been so busy there is still Halloween candy left.  The good stuff too.  Chocolate.  Lots of it.  Yeah.

Yesterday when I settled in to enjoy my morning cup o’ Joe (not a euphemism for my better-half, Joe.  Actual coffee.) I looked at the clock and realized that I had a mere two hours to get my word goal in for the day.  After that I would be at the school, the theater, quick dinner of sandwiches, etc.  I cracked the knuckles and did it.  And thus reminding me that I should be doing the same thing every day when I wake up.  Write as hard as I can as quickly as I can.  Even if I have nothing to do the rest of the day, I need to write like my life depends on it.  Sometimes I feel like it does.

I glanced at the calendar this morning and it reminded me that we only had a couple of days until Thanksgiving break.  Then I remembered the school district cut our break short, so we still have over a week.  Dammit.

You know what I’m doing on Thanksgiving Day?  Napping.  I may even nap before any tryptophan hits my system.  Because I’m a trailblazer.

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

"Sorry I didn't make something more intricate, I had to get my word-count up on my NaNo novel."

NaNoWriMo Update #3

So, yeah, I haven’t been updating here as often as anticipated, but you know why?  20,000

words.  That’s why.  Booyah!

Okay, so technically, I’m sitting at 19,457 words, BUT I’m in the middle of this really crazy scene and I’m going to cross 20,000 and I wanted to share the moment with you, my loyal readers.  Because I’m a giver like that.

So, without further ado, I’m just gonna run right over there —>  and finish that scene up real quick, bear with me…

…and… we’re at 20,102.

I think a glass of wine is in order.

I hope everyone else’s NaNo has been a fruitful one.  I can’t wait to get this finished and start checking out some excerpts of what everyone else has been writing!

nanowrimoChris Baty’s guide to NaNo-ing.