Sunday, November 25, 2007

NaNoWriMo Update #3

Here is where we stand: I just broke the 24,ooo mark today. So that means, instead of averaging 1,667 words a day like I was supposed to, I've averaged 1,000 words a day. So that means I've got to do 26,000 more words in the next six days, or 4,334 words a day. So that means I've got a crazy-ass pile of work sitting in front of me, seemingly impossible, you'll say, considering my track record over the past three weeks.

I am not throwing in the towel. I'm still hammering away at that count, day after day. Thursday the 29th is the day of reckoning, a day off right near the end. It may prove to be one of the most miserable days of my life. Throwing down 1,ooo original words isn't that hard and really, that's all that I have to do.

Twenty-six times.

Twenty-six times in the next six days. Seems easy. Hasn't been so far. But how could I let all of you people down?

Monday, November 12, 2007

NaNoWriMo Update #2

Not a lot to report on except for the definite lack of progress. I delivered two big fat goose eggs this weekend so, on top of my already lagging wordcount, I'm now over 6,000 words behind where I want to be. Egad! No matter, the toughest happenings of the month, I think, are now behind me and I hope to get back on track.

I have to admit, I'm trying a little to hard to make decent stuff come out of me and that is not really in the true spirit of NaNoWriMo. However, I'm sure there will come a day this month where I need to catch up so badly, I'll just throw down thousands of words worth of whatever dreck pops into my head, so don't count me out yet.

Friday, November 09, 2007

NaNoWriMo Update #1

Well, we're a little over a week into it and things are going okay. They say week two is the hardest, but I started tripping up a couple of days ago. My drive fell off and so went my word counts. As of this moment, I'm about twenty-five hundred words behind where I want to be. I'm currently sitting on 10,804 words.

The story is shaping up to be a science fiction tale set in India about a hundred years from now. It features a group of adventurers who set out to turn the social injustices of the cities on their heads. That's mostly all I know so far, other than the fact that I've come up with a few ideas that really interest me. I have an idea of what's happening, but being only about one-fifth into the first draft I understand that things could turn out very different from where I think I'm going.

So, that's all for now, except for this tip for my fellow National Novel Writing Month participants: Utilize your space bar. I can't stress this enough. If you ignore this you'll find yourself working your ass off for an entire month and only having one word to show for it.