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30 November 2010 @ 11:00 pm

So endeth National Novel Writing Month.

I don't "do" NaNoWriMo -- I've never been able to produce that many words per day consistently no matter how hard I've tried. But every November I surf the NaNoWriMo energy by setting myself a moderately ambitious writing goal.

This year, after no writing at all in August (okay, I was in Australia) and extremely sporadic writing for much of the rest of the year, my NaNoWriMo goal was simple: write at least something on the YA SF novel every day. My target was 500 words per day, but I said at the outset I'd be happy with a couple hundred words.

I won. I wrote every day in November, usually right about 500 words, with a minimum of 204, a maximum of 1650, and a total of 18,593. That's probably at least 10,000 words I would not have otherwise, so yay. The draft now stands at 28,141 words out of a projected total of 70,000.

A lot of those words are crap. But that's what revision is for.

Now I have a couple of other projects that need attention. I hope to finish those up in the first week or two of December and get back to the novel after that. I also hope to continue writing every day, but I won't beat myself up if I miss one.

::pats self on back::

Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummondbirdhousefrog on December 1st, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
Congrats! As far as I'm concerned, this is what NaNo is for. Hive mind energy.

Deannedeakat on December 1st, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
Good job! I've not been as diligent, but I'm gearing up for my own personal NoWriMo in March: less happenings to distract me, and one day longer, to boot.
threeoutsidethreeoutside on December 1st, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yay, you! And I love your starry calendar!
billeylerbilleyler on December 1st, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Very nice! In this context, it's quite amazing that people are able to sustain some hidden well of creativity by hitting 50,000 words in a month.

I just read on FB that someone I've known for years wrote 51,000+ for NaNoWriMo and had NO idea this person had any writing inclinations at all (mostly from the context of how I know this person)! The things you learn!

Don't know much about the process or reason for this November challenge, but I'd think functional and directed writers such as you shy away from things like that. I could be wrong.
scarlettina: Write hard die freescarlettina on December 1st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go you!
katybeth on December 1st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Go you!
Miche: dream moremicheinnz on December 4th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.