10 October, 2011

A Writing Update And Gearing Up For NaNoWriMo

First, the writing update. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to finish my current project before the end of October, ending around 90,000 words or so. At this point I have:

66892 words





I had hoped to be at 71,000 words, but since I'm closing in on the end of the novel I'm not so bothered by the word count at this point. And hey, there are still three weeks until NaNoWriMo, which is the date I absolutely have to finish. I don't think I really want to be working on two stories during that crazy month.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I still haven't decided which novel I'm going to write. I said back in August/September that I had an idea, but that has kind of fizzled since then. I got another idea yesterday, but I'm not sure my current enthusiasm for it will stick around.

It might just be another one of those infuriating New Shinys which a.) drag me away from my current project and b.) don't actually turn into a full-fledged story.

How's your writing coming? Do you have any deadlines you're trying to meet, either self-imposed or otherwise? Are you trying to finish any projects this month?


And are you doing NaNoWriMo?


(Oh, and you can friend me HERE at the NaNoWriMo site, if you're so inclined. Though I'm not sure what exactly is happening with their site as they're supposedly relaunching it today . . .)

Finally:

Happy Columbus Day!


-----The Golden Eage

48 comments:

Cortney said...

Even though you haven't gotten as far as you wanted, 66,000 words (or so) is still quite a bit! I can't set definite word count goals for myself because I just don't know how long my story will be. I'd like to do NaNoWriMo, it sounds like a fantastic idea! Good luck getting the rest of your wc!! :D

Sue R (Lauracea) said...

I shouldn't worry, just write until the finish. When you edit you'll be adding and subtracting words anyway. Most publishers accept novels (for print) over 60k so you're fine.
I didn't know it was Columbus Day today, but now I understand why there's so little movement on the Net!

Krispy said...

I'm envious of your word count! I've been a bad writer and have stalled out, but I'm trying to get my butt back in gear this week (today, hopefully). You probably don't want to be distracted at this point, but maybe revisiting or developing either of your two new story ideas might rekindle/sustain your enthusiasm for them?

Anyway, good luck with it and with NaNo! Not sure if I'm doing it since I did it in August & that project is still unfinished, but if I do, I'll be sure to friend you! :)

Christine Rains said...

I'm trying to finish up my projects before November too. I love participating in NaNoWriMo. I've completed the challenge every year since 2003 except last year because of the baby. Hopefully he'll nap good next month and I'll get in some serious writing time.

I'm having a journal giveaway on my blog celebrating 100 followers. Please feel free to stop by. :)

Southpaw said...

I think I might participate this year, but I don't know if I;m going sign up or not.

I looks like you have to submit your work for word verification and I'm not too comfortable with that.

K.T. Hanna said...

Just let the story carry you. I find aiming for specific word count goals can sometimes restrain you and get in the way.
You do have three weeks though, and your goal is perfectly doable! Good Luck.

As for NaNo - Try and catch one of the shinys and brainstorm it. Maybe it'll work and give you a good idea for the span of November.

My writing is doing well. Am hoping to finish the first round of edits for my book by the end of October.

As for NaNo? I think I'll outline something for it and see how I'm going with edits. I've written three full first drafts since June, so I don't really feel the push to do Nano - but as it's always so much fun, I might do it anyway.

Good luck!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I know you'll come up with something brilliant, Golden.

As for me I have a few ideas rolling around in my head for my next project.

I'll be spending some time this month querying my latest novel and I am also writing for Rule of 3, which I know you are too.

How do you do it? Finishing up your novel, doing Rule of 3 and now NaNo?

At this point I can't even fathom the though of doing NaNo.

Good luck with everything. I'm looking forward to reading your Rule of 3 entry.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Best wishes with that. I have a project I'd like to finish by the end of the year. Hope you come up with a winner for Nano. I'll be cheering you on!

Joshua said...

Well, you're ahead of me by 40,000 words, so good on you! And good luck!

Reka Sang said...

Hopefully doing the nano this year after after 2 false starts. I am a short story/poetry writer so basically sending tiny bits of my work to e zines ...the feedback will help when it comes to publishing my book, hopefully next year.
Good luck with your current work, nano and the #Ren3.
No celebration of Colombus Day since he didn't turn up "here" as originally planned. ;D

prerna pickett said...

you're doing great with your goal, in my opinion. I also just got an idea foe NaNo. This will be my first year participating and I'm excited!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll do Nano this time. It will be my third year. I did about 25,000 words the first two times. I'm very happy with those results. My goal is to finish my current WIP called Escalation, the third book in the Breakthrough series.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crap, I'm trying to come up with another idea!

Old Kitty said...

Wow!! Well done you with your current wip!! I won't be doing Nano but I wish you and all your fellow nano-ers all the best!! Yay!!!

Take care
x

J. A. Bennett said...

Good luck finishing! I hope you can make it! I'm thinking about doing the NaNo. Everyone else is, so maybe I should jump off the bridge too?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I usually think about an idea for months before I actually start the novel and usually before I finish the one I'm on. Hope your newest idea works out because the count down is on.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I'm really amused, because I pretty much have the exact same deadline as you: 90,000 words by the end of October so I can be free for NaNoWriMo. Only I'm at 55,000 right now. :(
But yes, I'm definitely going to to try NaNoWriMo this year. I've never done it before, and I really want to! :)

C D Meetens said...

Sometimes projects do just come along and snag you, don't they? I'm sure you'll work out a great idea for NaNo.

I'm at the beginning of rewrites for "Racing the Dark", so this will be my writing project for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, this will be the final draft (or at least the penultimate one)!

Belle said...

I thought about trying it last year, but didn't. I'm going to consider it.

Jodi Henry said...

Don't worry about your word count, you'll get there on time.

The novel I am currently polishing, and the one several agents are waiting to see, is my NaNo novel from last year. NaNo is a fabulous experience and I am so sad I won't be participating in it this year.

I'll be the cheerleader everyone needs in November :)

Good luck to you.

J

Memzie said...

Hurray!!! For getting SO far!

One deadline I have is to finish my short story 7/7 which I am almost there so I am not too worried.

Yes, I am participating in NaNo this year! I am excited!!! This is my first time.

Jen Daiker said...

This year I've said no to NaNoWriMo but I'm wishing you all the luck in the world. I know how difficult it is and I know that it's no easy feat!

Alleged Author said...

Hope you can finish your novel by then! I want to finis the WIP by the end of October, but work keeps getting in the way. Here's hoping!

lizakane.me said...

Yay! Good luck this NaNo! I'll be using that time to revise (NaNoRevMo! ^_^) but I'll totally be a NaNo cheerleader for all those participating! I still have my user page up from last year, so I'll find you!

The end of October is my self-imposed deadline for this rough draft, though it doesn't seem like it'll be done by then. BUT, I'll be happy with 85% done! ^_^

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay, I'm hoping to do NaNo too! Just added you as a buddy :-)

Liz said...

I won't be doing NaNoWriMo. I can't work like that. Maybe someday...

Maybe you should decide Nov. 1st which novel you're going to write. It'd be more exciting that way.

Lynda R Young said...

Yay for NaNo. I've been trying to write up an outline for my next NaNo book. I hope you get your current one finished in time.

Tariq Mian said...

you have a nice blog and I hope you will meet your target of words before the deadline as you appear to be a brainer.
Good luck----


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Shelley said...

Hope you can finish your current story by the end of this month! And that you think of a great story idea for NaNoWriMo! :)

Milo James Fowler said...

"I'm not sure my current enthusiasm for it will stick around" -- that's a common fear amongst us writer folk. I won't be participating in NaNo this year--W1S1 Weekly is keeping me busy--but my students will be partaking of the junior writers' challenge.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

WTG on your word count. I know you can get it done before Nano. :D

Last year I used Nano as a way to be accountable each day. I think this year I'm going to write a novel. I've been researching for a long time....I'll be looking for you. :)

AveryMarsh said...

Good luck finishing! My new writing goal is to have a second draft done by Christmas. Which will be hard because I'm attempting NaNo again this year. I added you to my buddy list, btw. ;)

Medeia Sharif said...

Good luck with your current project and Nano.

Right now I'm revising a wip. I'm doing it in a relaxed manner since over the summer I did some major rewrites on another wip, and it was exhausting.

Sarah Pearson said...

Since the first draft of my wip is going to be so much shorter than expected, I'm aiming to have it finished by the end of next weekend.

I'm not doing Nano, but I'll be using it as a private challenge, to try and write 50k in November of whatever I start next

Simon Kewin said...

I'm not Nanoing - I'm in awe of anyone who does - but best of luck with whichever project you go for.

Madeleine said...

Good luck with meeting the deadline. I'm in a quandry wondering what best to write. I desperately need to earn money and the sudden death of a friend has been an enormous blow to my creativity. I fances doing nano but not sure I'd succeed. Good for you setting such great challenges for yourself.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, it seems like every one is doing NaNo. Well, I'm not sure. I want to finish the book I'm writing so maybe. I hope it goes well for you though.

BornStoryteller said...

I am so on the fence about joining in. I have two novels going right now (yes, I'm crazy), splitting my time between the two. I can put them both aside for Nov and tackle one other idea, but...

sigh...

Carolyn Abiad said...

I'm trying NaNoWriMo this year. Not sure if I'll be able to pull it off, but... no harm in starting a new project.

Shelly said...

Sad to say, once again. I will not be doing NANOWRI this year. Too much on my plate.
As for my current project that I'm trying desperately to finish...well, life is making me work it in around it. And, I've got a a ton of edits and rewrties to finish.

Summer Ross said...

I would love to do Nano this year but my schedule is far to hectic to even try it out. Writing wise I completed a couple short stories. Good luck to you!

Nisa said...

I would love to finish editing this current projects by NaNo, but I don't think that's a very realistic goal. We'll see!

Good luck finishing yours and finding a great story idea. I'm sure you can do it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Cortney: I like setting word count goals over anything else; reaching certain points in a plot outline or trying for page count doesn't really help me.

NaNoWriMo is a lot of fun.

Thank you! :)

Sue R: It's a bit of a change from my last WIP; it ended up at hundreds of thousands of words. :P

It felt pretty busy to me, actually . . . a lot of people here in the USA don't get a day off.

Krispy: Good luck with your writing!

I was thinking about that; I'm not sure. Sometimes the more I work on an idea beforehand, the less attracted I am to once I really have to start working on it.

Thank you!

Christine: Hope you get the time to do NaNoWriMo! :)

Southpaw: It's automated, as I understand it. And there is a way to scramble up your document so it still registers as the same number of words but you're submitting a random sequence of letters/numbers.

K.T.: Thanks! :)

Maybe . . . I hope to find something workable. The Shiny I mentioned in this post is still calling to me, so perhaps it will turn out to be my project for NaNo.

Good to hear! Good luck with your edits.

Wow. Those are a lot of drafts. :) And NaNo is a lot of fun, isn't it?

Thanks!

Michael: Good luck with your ideas. I love that stage of deciding what to write next!

Mostly by forging on when I can and spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen. :P

Thanks!

I'm looking forward to reading your REN3 post as well. :)

Angelina: Thank you!

Good luck with your project.

Joshua: Thanks! And good luck to you as well. :)

Reka: Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

Thank you.

LOL. It amuses me that we're celebrating a mistaken discovery . . . though it was significant.

Prerna: Good luck! NaNoWriMo is fun--last year was my first, and I had a blast writing my novel.

Stephen: Awesome!

Good luck with Escalation. :)

Alex: I'm sure you'll come up with an amazing new idea!

Old Kitty: Thank you! :)

J. A.: Thanks!

LOL. It is a bit like jumping off a bridge; but the plunge is fun. ;)

Susan: Yup . . . less than three weeks now. Ack!

Charles Gramlich said...

The best I've ever done is about 25,000 words in two months.

The Golden Eagle said...

Bethany: Wow--that is funny. In a good sense. :)

You can do it!

It's a lot of fun! Crazy, but fun.

C D: They do.

Good luck with your rewrites!

Belle: I had a great time writing last year for NaNoWriMo; it takes energy and time, but it's worth it at the end once you've got that 50k (or +) word count. :)

Jodi: I hope I do . . .

It's too bad you're not doing NaNoWriMo this year!

Thank you!

Memzie: Thanks! :)

Good luck with your story!

Glad to have you onboard for NaNoWrimo. It's a lot of fun.

Jen: Thank you! :)

Alleged Author: Thanks! I think I will--it's just a matter of buckling down and writing the darned thing. :P

Good luck with your WIP!

Liza: Thanks!

Hooray for NaNoRevMo. :) I've got a project that could use that . . . LOL.

Good luck with your draft! You never know--maybe you'll finish it.

Deniz: Awesome! :)

Hope they get their Writing Buddies up and working again; it's telling me on the site it's "coming soon".

Liz: LOL. It would be, but I like having a plan before I start things.

Lynda: Good luck with your outline!

Thanks. :)

Tariq: Thank you!

And thanks for coming by my blog. I'll be over in a sec to visit yours . . .

Shelley: Thanks! :)

Milo: I suppose so. I know it's always in the background whenever I start a new project.

I'm in awe of the WISI participants. That's an impressive challenge! :)

Sharon: Thank you!

I love finally getting to write a novel I've been researching for a while. It's a lot of fun. :)

Avery: Thanks.

Good luck with your draft!

And thanks for adding me as a buddy. :)

Medeia: Thank you!

Good luck with your WIP.

Sarah: Good luck finishing your WIP! I'm sure you'll finish it.

Why not do NaNo, then? It is a lot of fun. :)

Simon: Thank you! :)

Madeleine: Thank you!

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend.

Clarissa: Hope you join in the NaNoWriMo madness. :)

Thanks!

Stuart: Two projects? Wow. I could never easily balance two at the same time--I kept getting confused or frustrated. :P

Good luck!

Carolyn: Nope. :) Awesome that you're doing NaNoWriMo!

Shelly: Good luck with your edits and rewrites--it's too bad that you can't do NaNo.

Summer: Hooray for short stories. :)

Thank you!

Nisa: Thanks! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Charles: We all go at our own pace. And NaNoWriMo is mostly about quantity, not quality--more emphasis on just typing whatever comes to mind. :P

Connie Keller said...

Wow! I'm always so amazingly impressed by writers who do NaNoWriMo. (I could never do it--I'd be in tears by the end of the first day.) Good luck!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Connie: Thank you! :)