NaNoWriMo Day 18: 20,128 Words

I figured I’d post an update on where I am with NaNoWriMo as of the end of day 18. So, right now I’m at 20,128 words, which leaves me about 10,000 off pace. That is a huge deficit for sure, one I’m not sure I can make up with Thanksgiving upcoming, and all that goes with it.  And I’m okay with that. I’m going to just plug away and get as much written as I can on this thing. I mean, my usual output for a month is 2,000 words, so I can be happy with 20,000+.

For those interested, I’ve been writing solely in Google Docs. It’s the ideal solution for me, as I do some writing at work during lunch, and some at home. At home, I’ve been writing on my desktop and also on my Chromebook. And yes, I totally recommend any writers considering a $250 Chromebook. Worth the money, as a perfect little writing computer.

End of Day 5: 6,766 Words

So I’m at 6,766  words at the end of day 5. Not great, but pretty good in my mind. I’ve already written way more this month, than I have in the previous three months combined. And better than that, I’m having a whole lot of fun.

That is the update. I would like to leave this message, written by Catherynne M. Valente in her pep talk for NaNoWriMo:

Yes, this is an experiment. Yes, it is difficult and not meant to be the scaffolding of a career. But the fact is, it can be. A professional, full-time writer quite often writes more than 1,667 words a day for periods longer than a month. Learn how to flex that muscle, and how to build it up so it looks back on the early days of 50,000-words-in-a-month as an easy gig.

To show up to play, puff out your chest like a damn proud toucan, and get shit done.

That is awesome.

NaNoWriMo 2013

So how’s National Novel Writing Month treating everybody? Are you in? Are you out? Are you not sure?

I’m doing okay, I suppose. I hit my goal of 2,000 words the first day.

The second day I wrote 0 words and instead went to sleep because I had a bit of a headache.

Day 3 I wrote 1689 or so words. That gives me 3689 words for the three days.

I’m a bit off pace but still plugging along, but considering I average 2,000 words written on a good month, I think I’m doing pretty well. I must say my biggest struggle is to not go back and edit what I’ve written, or second guess what I have written. I’m struggling with telling myself I am just working on a first draft.

So, things are okay with my for NaNoWriMo 2013, though I don’t know how long I’ll stick with it. I’m telling myself one day at a time, and we’ll see how things go for there.

How about you?


Still chugging along, still tired as ever.

Saturday night we got a rare chance to go “out”, just my wife and I. We went to a surprise birthday party for a friend at one of the local hangouts we used to frequent. I was a pretty good time, even though we only stayed out for a couple hours. Everybody that saw my wife remarked at how much she was smiling and how happy she looked. Yes, we need to get out more often. 🙂

That night, around 9:00 or so, I was finally able to sit down and attempt to work on my nanowrimo novel. That’s where the fun began. Now, I knew I needed to write at least 1,667 words, but I was blinking the entire time, trying to stay awake. Then it happened. Let’s call it the phantom sentence.

I guess I entered into a half asleep/half awake state, and must have been dreaming a little because I looked up at the computer screen and saw a sentence that did not fit the story at all. At all! It was a real sentence, with verbs, nouns, and prepositions all in the proper order, but other than that it had no business being in the novel. I quickly deleted this intruder and kept on writing, winding up with a disappointing but not catastrophic 1,110 words for the night.

Now I’m wishing I hadn’t delete this sentence. Maybe it was the meaning of life, right there on the screen and I just deleted it. Or maybe it was my grocery list for the next day. I’ll never know for sure.

Anyhow, I’m 35,000 words into this thing, with a week remaining. I’m enjoying writing and have learned a lot more about writing. Still, it will be nice to get some rest next month.

NaNoWriMo – 3/5ths Done

Just squeaked in 1,700 words yesterday, which leaves me at 30,720 words for the month. I’m low on energy, even lower on ideas, but still standing.

I see a few obstacles on the horizon that may very well keep me from 50,000. I’ll be away from home at least two days due to Thanksgiving. That’s not very conductive to writing. Also, there is evening ice hockey. I have a game Monday night.

So my game plan is to keep writing as much as possible, as many days as possible and get as close as I can to 50,000 on the last day. Then I’ll try to beg my wife to let me write that day until I reach the goal. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

NaNoWriMo – I Quit Every Day

Still writing. Still on pace. I wrote 1,800 words yesterday and am at 29,000 for the month. Not sure this thing will be any good, but I know I’m learning a lot. I’m about ready to “level up” I think.

The funny thing is I’ve quit NaNoWriMo at least once every day this month in my mind. Sitting at word zero and looking up at word two thousand can be a scary thing.

Thanks to everybody that has been hanging in there with me and stopping by here every day. I promise things will be better next month. Who knows, I might even catch up on my sleep and my reading next month. Wouldn’t that be nice?

The Towel Remains Unthrown – For Now

#nanowrimo moment of truth for me tonight. If I can’t get close to my goal for today, I’m throwing in the towel.

That was a tweet I posted last night through rapidly blinking eyes, just after we got everybody in bed and I settled down at the computer to begin my NaNoWriMo writing for the day, 0 out of 2,000 words written. This wasn’t one of those woe is me posts. I really meant it.

I’m just feeling really exhausted lately. It’s throwing me off a bit. Yes, I quit drinking pop. However, I’m still drinking coffee, so I don’t think it’s a lack of caffeine. Maybe it’s just the 15 days in a row of staying up until midnight. Or maybe it’s the baby waking us at 5:30 AM every morning and the hockey game at 6:30 AM. Whatever it is, I’m running on fumes. Again, that’s just weird because I have conditioned my body to function on very little sleep now that we have kids.

Take the events before I wrote that tweet. Gave the son a bath, played a little wii fit, fought with the daughter over what clothes she would sleep in (she HAS to choose), and then finally I read to my daughter in her bed to get her to sleep. The night’s literary masterpiece was Garfield the Easter Bunny.

I love reading to my daughter, but last night was a struggle. In fact, I fell asleep while reading and wound up dreaming and speaking words that weren’t in the text. I can only imagine what she thought of this, though she must not have noticed because she would have corrected me. Anyhow, once I finished reading, she rolled over and closed her eyes, meaning she was ready to sleep. And I closed my eyes just for a moment, to rest them of course. Eventually, I drug myself out of her bed and trudged to the computer, that word count taunting me.

The only thing keeping me writing right now is my competitive spirit and all of you. I mean I spent the whole of last month talking about NaNoWriMo and getting you all worked up for writing in November. I couldn’t very well give up, not halfway through the month.

I wound up writing 1,700 words somehow. Maybe it was the popsicle power boost. I’d didn’t make it to my daily goal of 2,000, but I got close enough to keep going for another day.

And so it is. I write on. One day at a time. Anticipating the day when I face reality and just give up, but also pushing that fateful day back each time I meet my goal.

NaNoWriMo – 0 for 2

What’s that sound? Oh, that’s just the sound of the wheels coming off. Nothing to see here. *hurl*

So, yeah, I did absolutely no writing the past two days. Zero words. That leaves me with 11,634 words written for the month. About 1,702 words behind.

What happened? Well, we drove to Pittsburgh on Saturday morning and returned on Sunday. I was too exhausted to write either night.

Now, I did build in five days of no writing into my play before the month started. So technically, if I average 2,000 words a day for the remaining days, I can still miss three more days and still hit 50,000 words. That said, being this far behind is a scary thing.

Let’s not think about that. Instead, why not check out this amazing animated short: Pigeon Impossible.

NaNoWriMo Day 5 – 9,731

As of last night I’m at 9,731 words, less than 300 words off my goal of 10,000 (to average 2,000 words a day). Last night was a struggle for sure. Yes, I wrote 2,000 words, but I nearly fell asleep while writing and was up until midnight.

Right now I wish I really was Mario, because I’d eat a flower or mushroom or leaf and power-up. Unfortunately, I’m not Mario and if I eat at least one of those things I could get arrested.

I will know by the end of the weekend if the wheels have come off or if I pull out a miracle. It really is 50/50 at this point.

Still, I’ve written a lot and I feel good.