I Think I’ll Finish Early!

I really do think I’m going to be finishing NaNo early.  I’m so close to 50,000 words, and it only took me four different ideas to do it! 

I didn’t write that much yesterday- I wrote but being a little ahead, I decided to go easy on myself.  So while I just need to write 700 words, but knowing me, I’ll try to write a lot more than that.  I’m just 5,579 words away! 

I decided to pair Hermione up with Anthony Goldstein for now, but it’s very strange writing something that I know won’t get much past the beginning chapters.  But an idea is an idea, and this is something I see myself as potentially working on at some point in the future.

I’m hoping to finish either tomorrow or on Tuesday and I guess I’ll figure out what to do from there.

Why On Earth Did My Writing Mojo Come So Late?

My plan to get ahead seemed to work yesterday.  I’m a day ahead of schedule!  I wasn’t expecting it, and I was certainly going to stop after my typical 1,667 words.  But I decided to keep going, and finding a good stopping place seemed to be really hard.  I think I’m going to keep writing today, and if I keep up the 2000 to 3000 word a day pace, I’ll even finish early, which would be a miracle.  I even wrote with Christmas music in the background because I was in a Christmas music kind of mood!  I tried listening to classical music, but it didn’t work because I want something fun to sing along to, and Christmas music is definitely good for that.

I’m currently at 43,406 words, and everyone will be finding out who their match is pretty soon.  I still don’t know who I want Hermione to be matched up, but there are a few people I have in mind.  I’m going back and forth between Anthony Goldstein, which came out of absolutely nowhere, and Seamus.  I toyed with Kingsley for a while, but wasn’t in the mood to write about him paired up with Hermione.  Unless I change my mind, which I’ve been doing a lot of this month. 

That’s it for now, so have a great day!

All Caught Up!

I’ve been managing to keep up with my writing, and I’ve managed to put a pretty good dent into my word count. 

My HP fanfic is turning into a very bizarre marriage law fanfic.  It’s going pretty well, but I’m also pretty sure I won’t be visiting it again.  I might, but if I do it’ll be a while before I get around to it. 

I’m all caught up!  I can’t believe I managed to get completely caught up.  I’m even a little ahead, and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll keep up the pace and maybe even get ahead of pace!

I’m at 40,152 words, so just under 10,000 words to go, and I’ll be done.  I can’t believe it, but it figures that as November comes to a close, I would get the most excited about writing. 

There’s not much else to report, so I’ll be back tomorrow!

Feeling Good About Writing

I feel pretty good about writing right now, so that’s good right?  I’m currently having no trouble writing, and last night, I didn’t want to stop.  There is no guilt (for the moment) so that’s good, and it’s a lot easier to write when I’m not feeling distracted and stuff. 

I’m currently at 35,277 words, writing an astounding 2,495 words!  If I write around 1700 words a day, I’ll finish on time.  I still have no clue what I’m doing with it, so I’m writing whatever pops into my head right now.  Although that does seem to be working for the moment…

Yesterday was a little busy, but fun!  I made apple pie for the first time, and I think it’ll come out okay when I bake it on Thanksgiving. 

My grandma was showing me a bunch of pictures she found, and it was really cool.  They were pictures of her family and there were a few of when she married my grandpa.  It’s fun seeing pictures of her when she was little, and even though I didn’t recognize a lot of the people in the pictures, it was fun to see a part of her life.

Today’s plan is to make cookies!  I was thinking about chocolate chip, but I also want to make peanut butter cookies.  I’m more in a mood for peanut butter, so maybe that’s what I’ll do today.  I’m pretty sure the mess will be a lot smaller than the mess that followed the apple pie I made yesterday.  It’s too bad I didn’t get a picture of the kitchen…

I think that’s it for now, so I’ll try and get some sleep, since I’m going to be busy today.

Counting Down The Days

This time last year, I was in love with writing and NaNo and writing all kinds of cool and funny stuff. 

This year is the complete opposite.  I want November to be over, because I don’t really have an interest in working on anything new.  It’s a weird feeling for me, because I always look foward to NaNo, and I hate that this year, I’m struggling to muster up some feeling and energy. 

As much as I love the roller derby idea, I think I might shelve until next year and do a rewrite.  Or write a little for each day, but spend most of my energy on something else. 

I definitely feel the need to work on a few of my “old” writing projects and I might, but I don’t think I’ll include them in my word count.  I feel like I shouldn’t include anything that’s from an old project, so I’m at a crossroad.  It is all on the honor system, and I want to honor the honor system and work on brand new things for NaNo!  Not work on old stuff because I don’t feel like writing anything new.   

I could always piece it together by writing random stuff, like I did back in July when my NCIS fanfic didn’t work out. 

Speaking of fanfiction, though, I am feeling the need to write something Harry Potter related, which crossed my mind over a week ago.  I should have gone with that…but I did start up a harry potter fanfic yesterday.  That’s the most inspired I’ve been all month but I have no clue what it’s about, other than Hermione and Seamus live in the same apartment building, she’s not dating Ron and doesn’t really talk to Harry and the Weasley’s, except for George.  This should be interesting, and it couldn’t be any more vague.   

Since I have a few different novels now, I think I’m just going to do a general update on everything, and maybe mention individual projects that I’m working on. 

My grand total for the month is 32,782 words, so I’m still off pace, but I’m also feeling confident I can catch up.  Words will come, they always do!  I suppose that’s it for today, so I should get some writing done.

Writing Away

I wrote yesterday!  Not a lot, but I wrote.  Something is better than nothing, but I’m finding that it’s hard to settle in with writing after not doing it for the better part of a week.

Not much is going on with the roller derby novel, but I decided to forgo setting things up (for now) and just jump right in with some of the action.  Timmy’s blackmailing people and bribing them and leaking their secrets to the public! 

I’m at 4,408 for the roller derby novel, which brings me up to 31,675.  I just need to write 1,667 a day, and I’m good to go!  Writing is still a little hard for me right now, but I’m still pretty excited about it, so that all balances out in my book.  Although part of that excitment might be because I’m slowly getting closer to 50,000 words…

Either way, though, it’s been a really interesting NaNo this year.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some kind of update!

Good Word Day

Yesterday was a pretty good day for writing.  It turns out that I’m almost 900 words behind schedule, but I’m confident in my ability to make that up.  Especially if I have a really good writing day or if I add a few hundred words a day.  Maybe both would be a good idea!

So the roller derby novel is working out pretty well so far, but that’s probably because I’m excited about a new project.  Yesterday was the first time I felt really excited about writing and NaNo since the 1st, and I hope I can keep it up until the 30th. 

My roller derby novel is at 3,541 words, and with my other 2 novels, I’m at 30,802 words.  So I have around 19,200 words left!  That’s exciting and if I can get to 40,000 words, then the last 10,000 will be easy-peasy! 

I know this is a short post, but I’ll be back tomorrow with an update!

A Little Funny Amongst A Sea Of Uninspiring Words

This year, I’m feeling really uninspired.  So what is my plan?  Blow up both of my novels and start over!  Instead of writing about mermaids and being mistaken for an assassin, I will be writing about a gang war based on roller derby!

Yes, you read that properly.  I need a new idea, and I found one yesterday.  A friend got this great idea yesterday, based on how some gangs have taken on Raider’s colors.  But since I know nothing about football, I decided to adapt it…for roller derby!  I wanted to go with gymnastics or ice-skating, but that wouldn’t work very well, so I went with roller derby! 

My total wordcount is a few hundred words over 26,000, so I’ll be working on a plot and the characters the next few days, so that’ll give me some time to work on it and feel inspired. 

After that update, let’s go on to the funny!

  • “I open my words and my mouth comes out.” (Um, I’d really like to see this happen)
  • It was completely ridiculous, and poor planning on the part planner’s part.  (I honestly don’t know what to say about this.  There are no words)
  • “So we have to let more fridges die in the hopes we will catch the assassin?” (Um…okay)
  • No common factors at all, they’ve never even walked in the same side of the street.”  (Again, I have no words)
  • “We dion’t know,” said agent blue.  “We’re still trying to figure that out, because their very good at figuring out their tracks.” (Good lord)

I’m feeling pretty good about my decision to just dump my 2 ideas and start over.  They weren’t going anywhere, and when in doubt, blow things up!

Is It Really About The Word Count?

I’ve been talking (mostly complaining) about how I’m behind on my wordcount and how I can’t seem to focus on writing. 

But I’ve decided that I need to worry less about wordcount and how far behind I am.  I’ve realized I seem to do better when I know random details about my characters and what motivates them, and when I have more than a vague plot.  But since those are things I don’t really have this year, I just need to keep writing.  Do I need to write the 1667 everyday?  No,  but that is my goal.  Would I like to be all caught up with both novels?  Yes.  But the words will come.  I’m hoping to work on my characters a little, and think about things that need to happen, and I’m hoping that will help me out. 

I’ve been worrying too much about how I’m not writing, so I’ll do my best to write more and worry less.  I’ve been much further behind than a few days, and still managed to get to my goals, so the words will come.  I may be struggling now, but I just need to trust the NaNo ninjas and believe that it will all work out in the end.  I’ll get some cool idea and then lots of words will come!

  • The Mermaid One: I’m at 13,025 words.  It’s going okay, and I’ve written about a witch and an old man who are arguing about whether to take sides in the mermaid war.  At least I found an interesting path, and it’s one that’s working right now, so that’s what I’ll go with.
  • The Mistaken Identity One: I’m at 13,180 words.  For something that’s supposed to be about a mistaken identity, it’s barely come up.  In fact, it’s mostly about…nothing.  Just Kaylee chatting with the coworker who wears purple a lot.  Why name characters when you can give them colors?  Something interesting needs to happen…and when in doubt, add ninjas.  I need to find my ninjas for this one.

The grand total: 26,205.  Tomorrow, I’ll be posting more funny typos!


Yay For Write-Ins!

I had a productive day yesterday, and feel very glad I went to a write-in yesterday. 

I managed to write a lot more than I have been (at least since the weekend), and I’m definitely at the same point for both of them now, so that’s always good.  I’m roughly 3 days behind for both novels, so catching up completely and ending up with a combined 100,000 is not out of the question.  I just need to write a little more everyday and hope that I can have a couple days where I write an insane number of words. 

  • The Mermaid One: 11,689 words!  I’ve been focusing a lot on the other mermaids in the world, and the different clans they have, which has been a big help.  I think I’m going to be writing more about the magical sanctuaries too, so that’ll be fun, and I get to write about fairies and stuff!
  • The Mistaken Identity one: I’m at 11,670.  I think my problem with this one is that I didn’t do enough planning for it.  I didn’t have a clear idea of it before I started, and I’m really starting to feel that.  I’ll give it another week, and if it’s something I’m still struggling with, I’ll drop it.

I’m at 23,359 right now, and I’m aiming to be 2 days behind by the end of the weekend.  There isn’t that much to report, but I think I’ll be posting some of my funny typos this weekend.