02 November, 2012

National Novel Writing Month Is In Full Swing

It's Day 2 of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are participating, how're you doing? Typing away and wishing the internet would shut down so you can keep going distraction-free? Haven't started your project yet and are doing some last-minute brainstorming? Right on schedule, neither behind or ahead?

Me, I'm currently at 7118 words. I wrote over 5000 this morning which makes me feel fairly confident in my story (and the outline I'm using). I'm sure I'll be tearing out my hair somewhere around the 20-50k mark (always happens, I tell you) but for the moment, I'm enjoying my lead. Might even get some more writing done this evening, if I'm lucky. Or maybe I'll just work some more on the rather large hole in the middle section of my story . . .

What about you? If you're not participating in NaNoWriMo, what's your current project, if you have one?

(I'm planning to post status updates on my NaNoWriMo progress every Friday, by the way. If there's anything that will motivate me to keep writing, it's having to post my word count in front of an audience.)

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, that's a kick-butt beginning! I don't think I've ever written that much in one day.

JeffO said...

Great start, Eagle! I am not drafting this month, I've decided to go back and do a skim over/revise of another manuscript.

L.G.Smith said...

I don't NaNo, but seeing all you people write so many words does inspire me to push harder. I mean, really, I usually write around five or six hundred words a day normally. If I can push out a thousand, it's been an epic writing day.

Keep it up! You're doing fantastic.

mooderino said...

Out of the blocks like a bullet!

Moody Writing

Pat Hatt said...

I don't bother with it, but damn you are on a roll.

Jess said...

Wow, great job! I was going to do NaNo this year, but bailed last minute due to having to finish editing my other two books :(

Have fun! I'll be cheering for you :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Posting my word count would be good motivation for me, too. Maybe I'll give it a try.

Happy Writing!

Yolanda Renee said...

Wow, that's awesome!

Great start. I'm just over 3000 and feeling good about that, now I'm done reading blogs and back to the NANO. I've got some catching up to do.

Good work! :)

Old Kitty said...

Golden Eagle!! It's only a few days and already you are flying away!! Yay for you!! Take care

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Good on you. I'm falling behind on my current project because of issues outside my control.

Rob-bear said...

For you, it's NaNoWriMo. For me it's StOfHibMo (as in "Start of Hibernation" month). While you may be able to sleep and write at the same time, that's beyond the capabilities of a fairly simple Bear.

Have fun with your words! I'll enjoy my rest.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! That's an awesome start. I'm still researching (procrastinating) today. I got caught up in knowing details about court martials for on scene of my Captain Wrath book.
And I'm editing Champion in the Darkness . . . it's a busy month.

Nick Wilford said...

This eagle is flying so high, you're just a speck in the sky. :) Congrats on your great start.

Right now I'm just ahead of schedule. This weekend I don't think I'll have much time, but I've added an extra writing session to my weekdays, from 4-6am, so hopefully that should help.

Liz said...

Yeah, having to post your word counts would be a good motivator.

I'm not doing NaNo. It's not the way my brain works. But good luck to you. I hope you make it (sounds like you're off to a good start).

My project? I'm reading through an old novel, getting ready to rework it.

Jai Joshi said...

Looks like you're off to a good start! Good for you. It makes sense to wrack up those numbers as early as possible so that if you hit any roadblocks later you're still in good shape.


Bonnee Crawford said...

Best of luck to you. Sounds like you're off to a great start :)

Gail said...

Since I'm no author, I say why and how I write. I am working on piling some old words together which is around 17000 plus.

I started a new undertaking that feels very good but only 688 for one sitting.

The words will come if it's meant to happen.

Good luck to all. You are flying!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. that's brilliant - good for you ... and you've got the plan in place to follow along to ..

Looking forward to seeing how you're doing next Friday - go for it!

Cheers Hilary

Susan Roebuck said...

keep going GE - 5k words in a day is my dream!

Anonymous said...

I am but I'm not after a large word count. I want to finish my draft at about 250 pages and get it off to my editor.

Sangu Mandanna said...

That's an awesome start! I'm not doing it, but I am trying to write a first draft before the new year.

Charles Gramlich said...

Plenty of projects waiting for me to start on them or get back to them, but very little time to write in the school year.

Elise Fallson said...

Not doing NaNo this year but looks like you're off to an awesome start! Go Eagle, Go! :D

Mikazuki said...

Awesome! I'm doing NaNoWriMo, too. 8k so far...every year, I write a TON for the first few days and then get dragged down the procrastination vortex.

Good luck to you, I can't wait to hear about what you've written over the next few weeks. :)

Anonymous said...

wish you luck! you're quite ahead so far!
The Wanted

Anonymous said...

good luck with Nano! I'm at 2500 so far, so I'm a little behind, but not too bad... add me as a writing buddy if youd like: ilovepurple :)
thanks and good luck this month!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic progress. Good luck. I do ROW80 instead and tend to juggle two or three projects each round.

DWei said...

I have a few papers to write so I guess I'll be focusing on those.

Jack said...

Very nice start! Getting a head start is always nice.

Right now I'm at 4000 and a bit stuck. I just need to sit down and write but have yet to do it.

Brinda said...

Wow. You are kicking butt on NaNo! Great start. :)

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Well done! My November goal is to revise a chapter a day. So far, so good. Enjoy the rest of your month!

Anonymous said...

Way to go! My students started this week, and they're enjoying it. One of these years, I'll have to put Write1Sub1 on hold and dive into Nano.

Anthony said...

I didn't even realize there was a National Novel Writing Month...But wow! 5000 words in one morning is incredible!

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: It's a high for me. I just really like the novel I'm writing.

JeffO: Thanks!

Good luck with your revision.

L.G.: Other writers motivate me, too. Not just in word count but in other goals like finishing projects, revising, etc. :)

Thank you!

Mooderino: Here's to hoping the momentum sticks around . . .

Pat: I'm sure you'd kill NaNoWriMo if you did it. You already post a lot of writing every day!

Jess: Aw, that's too bad. Hope the editing goes well!

Thanks for the support. :)

Carol: I find it helps keep me accountable.

Thank you!

Yolanda: That's a solid word count. Hope you're still feeling good about your project. :)


Old Kitty: Thank you--I really appreciate the support. :D

Susan: Hope you get the chance to get in some writing. It's frustrating when other things get in the way, isn't it?

Rob-Bear: I hope you enjoy your rest!

Tyrean: Editing and doing NaNoWriMo is a lot of work for one month. I wanted to do more outlining/research before I started my novel . . . but the call of drafting ended up stronger than that. (I love first drafts.)

Nick: Thank you! :)

Wow. I admire your dedication--I don't think I could write that early in the morning and not turn into a zombie!

Liz: Thanks!

Sounds like an interesting project.

Jai: Yup. That usually happens to me, so the more words at the beginning the better . . .

Bonnee: Thank you. :)

Gail: I agree. Sometimes you have to think about what to say--but if the words are there, it's easy to know what to say.


Hilary: I'm finding a plot outline to be really helpful for NaNoWriMo.

Hopefully it will be a good update, not "I wrote nothing this week." :P

Susan: Thanks! I think the 5k is because I know where I'm going and haven't written much in a long time--I'm gathering from the well of non-writing and dusting off the machine.

Stephen: Good luck with your writing! A page goal is great.

Sangu: Hope you have fun writing your first draft. :)

Charles: It does sound like you're busy with school, from your posts. Here's to hoping you find a little time somewhere?

Elise: Thanks for the support!

Mikazuki: 8k! Awesome. And I know what you mean about the vortex.

Thanks--I'll keep everyone updated on how I'm doing. :)

The Wanted: Thank you!

Juliet: I believe we're already buddies on the site. :)

Good luck to you, too!

Medeia: You seem really busy with your ROW80 projects. You always have something going on!

DWei: Good luck with your papers.

Jack: Thanks!

Hope you're un-stuck by now. :) 4k is a great word count!

Brinda: Thank you. Here's to more NaNo butt-kicking for the rest of the month!

Angelina: Good luck with your November goal! Glad to hear it's going well.

You too. :)

Milo: Hope you'll let the blogosphere know if you join NaNo!

Anthony: Yup, there is. :)

Thanks! I just hope I can keep ahead or at pace with the daily goals to 50k.

laughingwolf said...

wowsers, as insp. gadget would say!

i quit nano 4-5 years ago... could not stop editing [!]... most i ever got was about 30k...

Trisha said...

Yep, Day 4 is done for me and I'm at 18k. pretty happy with that. But eager to keep going!

Paul Tobin said...

I am green with envy-you can write 5000 words in a morning- its very impressive. I usually manage no more than 1,500 perday-on a good one that is. Good luck with the novel-whats it about? I'm writing a CO2 short story we'll give away when the first graphic is published. Then I start work on the follow up to The Jowler.

Simon Kewin said...

Very well done - keep it up!

RaShelle Workman said...

You're doing great! I haven't even started yet. I signed up. I have my book ready to go, but I've been moving, so I've got 0 words so far. Eeep!!! If you want to follow me on NaNo, my username is historian40. =)

Krispy said...

I'm doing NaNo, but I'm not doing a very good job at it! Part of it is that I'm not really sure what I'm working on. I've been fiddling with a few different projects, hoping one of them will catch.

Your word count is fantastic though! Go you! I also thought I'd let you know, you've awoken the spirit of competition in Alz. She's been eyeing your wordcount and racing you all weekend, even if you didn't know it. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hope the words have been flowing. Me? Doing revisions for the month.

cleemckenzie said...

Nicely impressive word count there Eagle! Congrats.

I'm not in the NaNo. I'm in the "just wrapped up a novel and waiting to read it again" stage.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I've typed a total of 2400 words. Am I winning? LOL. Don't answer that.

Shelley said...

Wow, that's a really good start, keep up the writing! Good luck! :)

Lynda R Young said...

wow! I don't think I've ever written 5000 words in one morning. What a brilliant roll you're on! I hope it continues and you never have to reach the hair-pulling stage :)

Jamie Gibbs said...

You're doing great! Good luck with the rest of the challenge :)


Sylvia van Bruggen said...

I am doing NaNo this year, even though I have a sloooowwww start because of being on vacation for the first 4 days. I don't care about making it to 50K, I care about writing every day. I might also switch projects half way, as long as I make it to 50K it's ok, right? :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Laughingwolf: The first year I did NaNo was really hard because of my urge to edit--I still go back and change things mid-month. First drafts are supposed to be messy, I know, but it's hard to let them lie. :P

Trisha: Great word count!

Paul: It's an alternate universe Science Fiction novel; I think. I had originally intended Steampunk, but when I started writing it didn't come out that way.

Good luck with your short story!

Simon: Thanks!

RaShelle: Thank you.

Moving AND trying to write must be hard to do at the same time. I'm not going anywhere and find it hard to fit in the hours sometimes. Good luck!

Added you as a buddy. :)

Krispy: Good luck finding the right project. I was like that last year; scrambling for just the project that I could bang away at for at least 50k words.


Really? Now I just have to try to keep up with her . . . she's 5k words a head of me right now. LOL.

J.L.: Hope your revisions go well!

Cleemckenzie: Thank you!

Ah, I know that stage. It's always hard for me to resist going back and revising/editing immediately.

Michael: Well, there are still 24 days left!

Shelley: Thanks. :)

Lynda: LOL. I'm sure I'll be there soon . . .

Jamie: Thank you.

Sylvia: You'll be a NaNoWriMo Rebel. :) Writing everyday is a great goal!