NaNoWriMo Day 28

The Words: 125 written today.

Despite my insistence on writing every day, even if it was only 18 words, to get the badge at the end of the month, yesterday, I had a migraine that went away at suppertime. After supper, I tried to unwind from the stressful day with a video game, and next thing I knew, it was 1 am.

I’ve realized that I might have burnt out this month, and as I mentioned 2 days ago, I also felt like I was dragging out the end of the story. So I put a nice, neat cap on the end of the story with 125 words, and called it a win!

(Yes, I hit 50k words a while ago, but I decided not to validate my win until I put the finishing words into the story, because I could tell my motivation was dropping off.)

The Story: It may have been a little too easy, but Nathan was able to ease his wife’s mind, and Rogan’s brother put the final words into the story, basically saying that things were definitely going to be okay, since his brother was back.

I will likely not write more in the next 2 days, since the story is done anyway. If I do, it will be a little more brainstorming about things that should have been in this story but weren’t. But if that doesn’t happen, this will be my last word count post for the month. I will probably write a final one at the end of the month, looking back at November, as I have in the past.

Total word count: 69,878

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 28th, and since I didn’t post yesterday, make sure to read yesterday’s too: 2017 – November 27th


NaNoWriMo Day 26

The Words: 350 written today, and 18 yesterday.

Yesterday was Thanksgiving for my side of the family, and we were gone until after midnight. We generally eat our big meal in the afternoon, and then play board games all night. The 18 words were literally a 5-minutes-to-midnight, just-get-some-words-in situation.

Then we ended up going and playing more board games today, because we didn’t quite get to enough of them yesterday. (Part of that was because my sister announced that she’s pregnant, so there was a lot of talking for a while before we got to board games.) So I had my Neo with me (today and yesterday) and wrote a bit more than yesterday.

The Story: I feel a bit like I’m dragging out the ending to this story, which is strange, because normally I feel like I’m rushing the ending. But I didn’t have anything planned for after the climax, and now I’ve just got Nathan and Clark explaining to Penny why they didn’t take Vin to the authorities. She’s not happy about it. And I’m not happy that I don’t have a good way to end the story. I will probably try to just get to an ending tomorrow, so I can say it’s finished. This story will need a lot of reworking someday though. It might be the first NaNoNovel I’ve drafted where I felt like it wouldn’t just need revision, in whatever capacity, but possibly a full rewrite someday. It just didn’t really have a solid story to it in the end.

Total word count: 69,871

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 26th, and since I didn’t post yesterday, make sure to read yesterday’s too: 2017 – November 25th

Here is episode 5 of the NaNoMusical. This one has my favorite song from the entire musical! And things get real.

NaNoWriMo Day 24

The Words: 2462 written today.

I have to admit, it’s getting more and more difficult to write, after having already hit 50k, and with the story not really going a direction that feels great. But I am determined to write at least some every day, either until the story is done, or until November ends. I got to during a time of one #1k30min after another. I came late for one, so wrote about 700 while I waited for that sprint to end. Then I wrote another 1300 during the next 30-minute sprint. After that, I was into a part that was more fun to write, so I kept going until I realized it was midnight.

The Story: Though some of it was pretty unbelievable, Justin finished updating the others on what he’d learned about Vin’s doings over the last several years. Then, something happened that I’ve been looking forward to since way before I ever started planning this book. The brother of Rogan, the man who returned from the dead, finally arrived back in Pithea, after being away for a few months. His reunion with his brother was great!

Total word count: 69,503

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 24th

NaNoWriMo Day 23

The Words: 159 written today.

Thanksgiving is always a low word-count day for me. My family’s get-together is on Saturday, so it will also be a low word-count day. Though I didn’t go anywhere today, I still enjoyed a very lazy day and a lot of family time on this mid-week day off work.

The Story: Justin started to relay what had happened with Vin to Penny, Rogan, and Cathy. Though I’ve already forgotten how much detail he heard before he left. Tomorrow, I may have to read back over yesterday’s writing just a little, so I know how this should go.

Total word count: 67,041

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 23rd

NaNoWriMo Day 22

The Words: 1982 written today.

Another day getting just past par, which is great after such a slump! Not much more to say here. I also finally wrote with a sprint from @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter, which I haven’t been doing as much lately (no surprise, since I’ve barely even been writing lately). I did one #1k30min, which is where most of the words came from, and then kept going to make sure I passed 1667.

The Story: The climax is definitely over, though I struggled to find the resolution to it that I had planned. I don’t think I’m very good at this kind of thing, which I chalk up mostly to having a decent, tragedy-lite life myself.

Vin talked about watching both his dad and his mom die, both at different times, and feels a lot of guilt, which is where some of his violence has come from. For now, I think I will leave the messy resolution to the climax and move on to the wrap-up. Tomorrow I’ll head back to where Penny, Rogan, and Cathy have been waiting while the fighting went down.

Total word count: 66,882

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 22nd

I have been remiss in sharing the NaNoMusical as the month has progressed! Here is episode 4!

NaNoWriMo Day 21

The Words: 1829 written today.

I was determined to reach at least par today, despite yet again not getting to writing until after 10pm. I’m amazed by how much I wrote early in the month, and how hard the words are now. It’s partly because I’ve been busier, but even in the time I have, I’m not writing as many words as I could be. But before the month started, I knew this story would be a difficult one to write, given the nature of it. The only reason it went so well earlier in the month is because I did so much fluff writing (characters telling stories about events that had happened in earlier books).

The Story: Vin seemed to be getting talked down, but then had one final surprise for everyone. Right at the end of my writing for the day, Vin was given a surprise of his own, as he was suddenly transported from the cave this scene took place in to a grassy field.

Total word count: 64,900

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 21st

NaNoWriMo Day 20

The Words: 937 written today.

This is my 5th day in a row of not writing at least par. It’s getting to a point where I almost feel it’s not worth continuing to post about my writing. However, I’m still writing, and considering the times in the last 5 days I’ve thought about just not writing that day, I think it’s worth sharing that I still have written something.

We had a company meeting at work this evening, from which I got home after my daughter’s bed time. I was yet again happy to have enough time to write what I did.

The Story: I finished Vin’s last letter to the pastor. He basically told the pastor that he was luring Clark and Nathan to his lair so that they could have an epic showdown. However, Vin no longer wants to destroy, but to be destroyed.

Total word count: 63,071

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 20th

NaNoWriMo Day 19

The Words: 1133 written today.

I don’t have much to say about the words today. I wrote some, played a game with my daughter, and relaxed the rest of the evening. I do have a back-up plan for if the story ends with more than a day or 2 left of November, but at this point, I doubt that will happen. And that’s okay.

The Story: I started on Vin’s final letter to the pastor. He’s decided to come clean about why he started all of this in the first place, and share a secret that he doesn’t actually expect the pastor to believe. I’m trying to decide if there’s anything that he’ll hold back, or if he’ll really tell the pastor everything about himself and who he is.

Total word count: 62,134

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already: 2017 – November 19th

NaNoWriMo Day 18

The Words: 668 written today.

It’s been a rough few days for writing recently. I worked this evening and got home around 10. Then I still had about an hour’s worth of work to do, and supper to eat. I wrote for a bit after 11pm and was happy to get this many (again).

I know I’ve hit the 50k words…and that I’m almost out of story. But I’d rather finish the story early and decide what I want to write about for the rest of the month (if anything), or I’d rather decide for myself to continue slowly, rather than be forced into it by having so many long days or late evenings of work.

The Story: I started to continue where I left off during the climax yesterday, and realized that I needed to write the rest of Vin’s letters first. I want to be sure I know what he has told the pastor before I continue the climax. So I wrote 1 of his last 2. I’ll write the other one tomorrow (or at least start it).

Total word count: 61,001

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already (I haven’t yet!): 2017 – November 18th

NaNoWriMo Day 17

The Words: 124 written today.

I didn’t expect to beat yesterday for how few words I’d written so soon, but I shouldn’t have been surprised.

I was gone from 11 this morning until after midnight. I was able to write a little in a notebook while I was out, and it came to 124 words. I have a difficult time letting a day of NaNoWriMo go by without writing something, so it counts.

The Story: The climax of the story took an unexpected turn when someone new showed up. And considering the way that the rest of them go to this underground lair, they certainly weren’t expecting to be joined by anyone.

Total word count: 60,333

Don’t forget to check out today’s NaNoToons if you haven’t already (I haven’t yet!): 2017 – November 17th