Saturday, November 09, 2013


UPDATE: a few hours after my original post, and I actually did a little more writing, though I'm pretty sure I won't be doing any more today. So the final total as of 11/9: 8,987. Goal per nanowrimo at this point should be 15,000. OK, I'm up to 8,764. This is more like it. Still way behind, and I haven't even really started the story proper yet. Yeah, some of this inroductory stuff is going to have to go in revision. But I've introduced my two main characters, got them way more deeply involved in their relationship that I'd originally planned to do at this point (and some of this stuff may be moved to later instead of axed), and I've introduced the murder that that will drive the plot of the early part of the book (first third? not yet sure), until it turns out to be only part of something much bigger. I am really excited about this. Fingers crossed. Last time I did this I blogged the whole book here day by day. I'm not doing that this time for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that I've since decided not to share any piece of writing with anybody until at least a first draft is finished. Precisely because that first nanowrimo novel went off the rails because of input from someone else and I've found that I can't go back and redo it. It is irretrievably and irrevocably lost because I listened to someone and changed the direction it was headed when I shouldn't have. Ah, well. Live and learn. Write another story instead. And another. And another.

Friday, November 08, 2013


Not doing very well this year. This is really, only the second day I've written, and it's the 8th of November, so the whole point of writing every day has been blown to pieces. Also, today I cheated a bit by importing some stuff I'd written earlier, although I went over every line and changed a lot of it, so it's essentially new. Anyway, my grand total is now 5,163. As of day 8 I should be at 13,333, so I'm woefully behind. On the other hand, on my second real day I writing I have gone from 863 to 5,163 - wow that's weird. I just noticed that both days end with the same "63." Weird. 63. 63. Maybe this novel should end up having about 63,000 words, instead of 50,000. Of course, then I'm even further behind ...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Day Three = One

Got a WAY late start on NaNo - didn't start writing until this evening. I'm still not really ready to start writing, and almost bagged the whole thing again this year. As it is, some of my writing time is going to be wasted in outlining and developing characters and such. I only had my two main characters named when I started tonight, and had to make up half a dozen minor characters, at least by first name, in the tiny bit I did manage to write.

Only did 863 words tonight, so I'm ... let's see ... 4,138 words behind at this point.

Wish me luck. (Not that anyone is seeing this. I'm mainly putting these here just for my own benefit. to give me a bit of discipline).