Friday, November 30, 2012

Set for Success

Four thousand measly words is all that separates me from total and complete NaNoWriMo success!

Can I bang out another four thousand words today? I think so. But, now that I think about it . . . all I really get if I complete it is a "winner button" on my NaNoWriMo webpage and an email that says good job. Hardly seems worth it.

On a positive note I'll have one more rough draft novel to add to the other six I have stored somewhere on my computer. Still, it does seem to get easier each year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Almost There

I'm worried that with the dead line looming, Friday, that it's going to take a marathon session to reach 50K before the weekend. I've made some fairly decent moves in the past couple of days and am now a little over 10K away from the finish line.

However when I look at the graph, I can only think of this snippet from my sons new favorite movie, Star Wars, where the rebel pilot keeps up the mantra "Almost there . . ." over and over.

Savvy Star Wars fans will note that Jon "Dutch" Vander  was unsuccessful in his mission. Let's hope that I don't follow suit.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Snowman to Bandit, You Got Your Ears On?

Gotta long way to go and short time to get there based on the graph below. I'd like to say that I've been eschewing updating this blog to work on my novel, sadly the evidence doesn't support that.

Will I make it? I think so. I have a week left and 20K words to go. I'm going to power through these next few days and make a big dent in this sucker. The problem? I'm not sure how the mystery ends yet. That's never a good thing. The good news? The characters seem intriguing  I'd rather have compelling characters and a weak idea of the plot than the alternative.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hanging On By a Thread

Well, I reached my goal but I don't think I was aggressive enough when I made it. I actually hit the goal during the plane ride Monday. The rest was done on today's plane ride and over the course of the last two days.

I should be at 25K (halfway) by the end of the week and be ahead of schedule.

Monday, November 12, 2012

This Has the Potential to Get Out of Hand

The past few NaNo's I've kept up by working on a daily basis and grinding out 1600 or so words a day. This is the first NaNo where I've been working in fits and starts. Could be due to the family, could be due to my travel schedule, could be lots of things, but looking at the chart on my dashboard it looks grim for our hero.

But, I'm off to San Jose again. I have some prime writing time starting right now and ending on Wednesday. The goal is 20K by Wednesday.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Keeping Up?

I'm barely keeping up if I look at that little line that supposed to show the pace I should be meeting and the little bars that show my writing.

Still what's really important are the words not the numbers. The words are . . . I'm happy to say . . . are not too bad. They're coming together to form plots I hadn't thought of, characters that are somewhat intriguing  and a story that was somewhat planned but still spontaneous. I have to go to California again next week, I'm hoping that that helps me break this novels back and get past 25K.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Still Behind But Made My Goal

Hard going in novel writing land so I was depressed until about two minutes ago. The other day I wrote that my goal by the end of this trip was to get to 10K. I looked down at my word count just moments ago and saw that yep, I was over 10K.

So eventhough I'm still behind the pace I'm hanging in there. Maybe with a few solid days of writing and a couple more trips I can get in front of the pack.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Behind the Power Curve

There are a few "widgets" out there that I could potentially put on this blog, in the margins or at the bottom, that will automatically show how I am doing in my quest for 50K words, but not only do I not like the look of them (a tad clunky and 1970's looking) but I've always had trouble adding them. Ergo, I'll do the same thing I did last year, and Just add pictures of my progress.

I'm a tad behind the pace, but I'm still tracking. My story has already gone through several iterations, and I'm   on basically my third main character. It's fun to see how things change so quickly in the rough draft phase. Even more interesting how much it changes from this draft to the end.

More updates will follow as events merit.