Making progress…

Although, why is it that I’m feeling more stress about getting things done this month than I have in a while? Could it be simply that Nano is next month? Or the fact that I’m really, really ready to be finished with this urban fantasy novel? I just want to send it out again to find an agent now that it’s in good shape. Yet in some ways, the stress isn’t really helping me like the good stress Nano brings that pushes me to do insane word counts.

Blah… I’m getting through it. I might toy with my deadline to push it back. Depends on how much progress I’m getting done. I don’t want to burn out. Still need to keep up my creativity for next month, especially now that I’m in an area that gets darker and colder than sunny, warm Florida. It’ll be my first real winter in several years. Yikes! I’m excited.

I also would love to spend a few days just reading before the month is over. Not only to catch up on my 2010 TBR list, but also just to detox from editing. Haha… I don’t want to be in an editing mindset and then have to switch over to a Nano mindset of just letting my fingertips take over.

Reasonable word count goal = Win

I’ve been keeping with my word count goals, and writing at least 1k each day. I had initially came down from doing National Novel Writing Month thinking that I would write 3,000 words per day, but I quickly found out that is not a good day-to-day pace for me. Somehow November has a magical way of pulling very high word counts from me, but outside of November, my pace is not as hasty, which probably is a good thing. So, I’d said to myself, I’ll do 2,000 words a day, but still I couldn’t quite push myself to do that (especially since my computer is in the repair shop aka Geek Squad right now, and I’m either using my husband’s computer or writing longhand).

Dropping down my word count goal to 1,000 words a day (seven days a week) has been good for me right now. It’s enough that I’m making progress each day, but it’s not enough to take away from time with family or to stress me out. I can make it each day because if I overshoot my word count goal to something that I can’t consistently do, then I would just end up stressing out and beating myself up when I didn’t hit my goal. That would make me procrastinate, and I’d not really want to write, which would drag me out of the story and then I’d be in a bad spot creatively.

Making goals is important, and everyone should make goals that push them to succeed. Just remember not to make ones that you can’t feasibly meet. There’s a better chance that you will freeze and end up not achieving your goals. =)

Nano follow-up and The Warrior Writer

As my neat little widget says, I managed to beat National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last month. It was pretty dang close, too. I slacked off toward the middle of the month and ended up having to do a few intense, high word count days. Thankfully, I didn’t mess myself up too much by slacking. I think the high word count days helped me to get a renewed “ummph” toward the novel though. Woo! I’ve recovered from the push of Nano and now I’m going at a slower steadier pace of at least 1k words per day, which I’ve made my current goal thanks to Bob Mayer’s The Warrior Writer workshop that he’s been presenting to my RWA chapter, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal. Bob Mayer is an excellent teacher, and I’m learning a lot from the workshop. We’ve covered tons including Fears and Goals. I have definitely put his Who Dares Wins book on my “to buy” list.

Nano update

Wow, this month has been flying by pretty quickly. I’m at 18,349 words for the evening, so that’s exciting. The novel has been coming relatively painlessly. This year, I’m pantsing (writing without an outline). I had a general idea of the characters and a few scenes, but that was it. Usually, I prefer to have at least a general outline when I write, especially when doing National Novel Writing since it’s got a pretty brisk pace, but sometimes it’s fun to just let the characters lead and direct the story to where it needs to go.

Nano begins!

Once again, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a blog. Yikes. And it’s been something of a year since the last blog I did. Today was the beginning of National Novel Writing Month! Hooray!

Up until last night, I didn’t really have any idea what I’d be writing about, but as I got myself in my chair started, things started flowing. The novel I’m working on was inspired by a short story I wrote back in college that I’d always wanted to turn into a novel. Now it’s finally getting its chance to bloom. =)

Hello again…

Happy New Year everyone! Recently I’ve decided that I’m going to start blogging again on my own blog. Not sure how interesting it’ll be, but I’ll try to make sure to entertain and not do so many “Here’s an event I’m doing, go check it out” kinds of things. Perhaps I’ll share pictures and other fun things as well. =)

So, what’s been going on with me recently… I submitted to an agent (I’ll keep you informed on how that goes!), I won Nanowrimo, and I completed my third novel, which happens to be the first in an urban fantasy series. I’ve gotten 60 pages of it edited so far. I’m now working on the next in the series, but am running into a little bit of confusion with my plot. Now I need to go through and outline it so that I can get on course.

I also bought an awesome whiteboard yesterday. It even has a small tray at the bottom to hold my markers and eraser. I’m excited about using it.

Also, for everyone on the newsletter, I hope to start back with that, too. Things have been a bit hectic in my personal life, so I’m happy for a new year. Who knows what you’ll find there? *winks* I’m thinking over a few ideas for making it more exciting. I plan to have something in the works on it by the 15th.

Anyways, that’s enough jabbering for me tonight. I need to get some writing done! Hurray!

Nano is done

I have finished National novel writing month as of 10:00 pm with 50,025 words. I have now taken some Advil for the major headache and celebrated earlier with wine. I’m happy, but sad at the same time. I wrote 7,895 words today. I really enjoy Nano, but for the past couple of days I’ve been ready to be released from the stress that goes with it. I’m going to work on finishing up the remaining 39,975ish words during the first half of December, but I’m not going to allow myself to get so stressed about it. Hooray! It’s bedtime now.


End of Day 23

This is just a very brief blog to say that I am at 33415 today. Hooray! I wrote 2,908 words today. Now I’m going to sleep! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday.


End of Day Seventeen

Well, another short blog, but today is the end of day seventeen and I wrote 6,055 words today. Woohoo! I’m really happy about that. Now I have a grand total of 23,213 so far. I hope for tomorrow to be another successful day with lots of writing. I’m feeling pretty good this year. I haven’t felt burn out once. Well, not any from writing too much at least.

Hooray! It’s bedtime now!


End of Day Twelve

This is going to be a short blog post tonight, but I really want to share. I wrote 5,063 words today! Woohoo! That makes 13,555 words total! Yay!

Now I’m off to bed.