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NaNoWriMo is over for me, although the actual event continues until 11:59:59 on November 30th. I finished the first 50,117 words of my novel, Raven’s Wings. I’m not done telling the story I wanted to tell so I’ll continue typing away day after day, that’s the nature of writing. When that’s finally done the editing will start. As far as I’m concerned editing is more work than the writing is. When you write you create, when you edit you mercilessly cut out extraneous scenes, even if you loved them because they just don’t work quite right with your story. I won’t be as obsessed with writing as I’ve been during NaNoWriMo. There’s no pressure to turn out 50,000 words a month, thank goodness.  My goal is 15,000 words a month. I should finish the rough draft by the end of January. I’ll post occasional excerpts here. Some of them may not make it into the final draft, but I’ll post them anyway.

NaNoWriMo is an incredible ego booster. You push yourself incredibly hard. I read a post I had written but not published just four days before I finished NaNoWriMo. At that point I had just over ten thousand words to go and it seemed as though I would never finish the 50,000 word goal by November 30th. I had had it. I was ready to give up, throw in the towel and forget the prior 21 days of work. I was sick with a gastrointestinal bug that definitely hadn’t been part of my writing schedule. The holidays were right around the corner. How was I going to finish a book when I was going to lose at least two days, one to the holiday and the other because I was too sick to write.

Then, on the 22nd I hit my stride. I turned out over four thousand words that day alone. I had suddenly gone from needing just over ten thousand words to needing five thousand nine hundred and nine words. It seemed not only manageable, but doable now. I set a goal of 2,500 words for the next two days. Thanksgiving day, after we had returned home from the festivities at my parent’s house I came into my bedroom, which doubles as my office and I typed out the final words to put me over the edge mark at the 50,117.

As I said, 50,000 words didn’t finish my story. I still have work to do, but the majority of the writing is finished. I have a workable schedule for the rest of the book and I hope to edit it and begin submissions before next year’s NaNoWriMo comes around. I will do NaNoWriMo next year and each year thereafter. I can’t work on any existing project, only on new work that doesn’t start until November 1, 2010, but I can plot it out to my little heart’s content and believe me, I will. I winged it too much this year and got lost in the weeds a few times. I have extra garbage I know I have to edit out, but it doesn’t matter I did it.

Hey VISA internet $50, computer $500,  writing and verifying a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days, PRICELESS.


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Twenty-five days. 50,117 words. The badge says it all. More to follow after I’ve slept. For now I’m happy, very happy.

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Okay, its Friday of the first full “work” week on NaNoWriMo. Fact is NaNo is a seven-days-a-week  event, but there are five days in the average work week so allow me some poetic license.

At the end of day five I’m about 500 words ahead of the required word count. Tomorrow’s word count will break 10,000. If I stay on goal my word count will end up somewhere between 10,484 and 10,584 words or more than 20% of my NaNoWriMo goal. Of course this is only 10% of my actual goal for the completed novel, but the goal of NaNoWriMo is a 50,ooo word first draft or approximately 175 pages.  I think I must work with verbose authors because other than Stephenie Meyer’s novella and one children’s book nothing I’ve read in the past eight months has come in under 200 pages and most are in the 300-400 page range, which is the goal I have for my finished novel. That means I have to write about 125,000 words to finish my book.

I’m big on character driven storylines. I’m a terrible plotter. I’ve plotted my beginning, my middle, my end and a few key scenes, other than this what I do is I look at what my characters have done that day and before I go to sleep I plot out what I think they should do the next day. Sometimes they surprise me and go off on tangents. Had a character do this yesterday, but it turned out to be a nice tangent so I think it’ll probably survive the revisions and editing, at least I hope so.

I know I promised excerpts but its a bit early in the process for that, the characters and I are still getting acquainted with each other. We’ve shaken hands but now we’re on opposite sides of the dance floor waiting for the other party to make the first move. When we get to actual dancing you’ll get excerpts. I hope they’ll light up your world.

Until then dream big and write with joyous abandon,


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NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month which runs all of November, this year I’m participating. The goal is to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. December will be used to edit the novel.

I’m going to try to post weekly updates of my word count and excerpts of my work-in-progress. This way, I add you to all of the people I chose to make myself accountable to for finishing this project. The public humiliation would be overwhelming. I’m asking one thing in return though. I would like you offer me comments to encourage me as the month goes on.

NaNoWriMo novels are rough. They’re off the top of your head crazy writing. Raw. Unedited. I may change something about a character part way through because it just feels better, or it may be a mistake, feel free to point it out if you catch it in my WIP excerpts – another reason to tune in to my posts; you may be the one person who catches an important change in my novel.

At any rate, expect to hear from me sometime between Friday and Sunday of each week for updates. The month starts next Monday so lets hope it starts with a bang. I have to put out 2,500 words a day if I want to be able to take the weekends off. A tall order to say the least. I think with your support I’m up to it.


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