NaNoWriMo Awaits!


In just a few short hours National Novel Writing Month will begin for me. I’d like to think I’m ready.

I’ve picked a project. This year I will be a rebel and continue writing The Dreams with the goal of writing 50,000 new words in November. The past two weeks I’ve tried to take a break from writing. I’m hoping that will mean I can approach the project with fresh enthusiasm at midnight.

Right now I honestly don’t know whether I will be updating this blog much during November or not. No new posts at all and at least one post a week seem to be equally likely at this point.

Either way I am very excited to see how many chapters I will have to revise and post in December.

I will be updating my progress almost constantly on Twitter so if you’d like to know how things are going be sure to check there.


Writing Progress October 12 – October 18, 2015

DailyWritingProgressOctober 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 24,181
  • Today’s word count: 81
  • Thoughts: Hey! I wrote! That’s pretty great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write some more, and try not to let this cold be a thing.

October 13

No writing progress

October 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 24,221
  • Today’s word count: 40
  • Thoughts: I wrote!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write again!

October 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 24,272
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: I wrote again!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to find time to write.

October 16-18

No writing progress made.

I had a busy weekend. I helped make 210 lbs. of sauer kraut Saturday morning. Then I went with friends to a black light 5k in Camden, NJ and stayed over night at a friend’s house in Delaware. I’m still tired, but today should get me back to a more stable routine.

This week was far from spectacular writing-wise, but I’m feeling pretty good about life right now. Hopefully the positive vibes will stick around for a while and I can just get the ball rolling with this novel again.

NaNoWriMo and my indecision

I’m doing NaNoWriMo next month!

I’ve participated every year since 2006, and I just love the positive, energetic atmosphere I can dive into every November. The community is great online and offline. Sprints, write-ins, the forums, Twitter… I love it all.

Sometimes I win. Sometimes I lose. I always have a great time.

After a number of years trying to write 50,000 words in a month I’ve notice a pattern in my successes and failures. I win two years and then I lose for the next two years. According to this pattern I’m due to win this year. I’d like to keep the pattern going. (I can worry about breaking the pattern in 2016!)

So far I have a couple characters for a novel and no idea what to do with them. With only a few weeks to go I am seriously considering being a rebel and continuing to write The Dreams. At least I have a plan with The Dreams. I’ve tried pantsing in the past and I usually do very well in the beginning, lose my momentum, and without an idea of where to go next I’m just adrift at sea for the rest of the month.

At the same time, I have a lot more invested in The Dreams than some random project I could easily turn into a train wreck without breaking my heart. I would probably write with more care if I decided to write The Dreams for NaNo. 1,667 words can take a long time to write if I want to make them count.

Then again, I can always fix the silly parts later. First drafts are supposed to be awful. First drafts can be fixed, but unwritten words can’t be fixed.

I’m all over the place with my thoughts regarding NaNo right now. I’m sure I’ll decide on something before November 1, but what do you think I should do?

Writing Progress October 5 – October 11, 2015


October 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,902
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: I spent a lot of time playing video games today. The plan had been to alternate between writing and playing, but playing took over. Sometimes this method works for me, and sometimes it fails. Today was a failure in my book.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Find a better way to bribe/reward myself for writing.

October 6 – October 10

No writing progress made. I decided to try to tackle my lack of writing enthusiasm from a different angle. For several weeks I tried showing up to write every day, and more and more days I wrote very little or nothing at all. This week I still wanted to write, but I gave myself permission to do other things. I could open my writing program at any time. There was nothing stopping me from writing if I was ready to write, but I didn’t go into the day prepared to force myself to write. Yeah. I didn’t write for five of the last seven days, but I consider this little experiment to be a success.


On October 11 I wrote because I wanted to write. I wrote with enthusiasm for my project. It was great.

October 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word¬† count: 24,100
  • Today’s word count: 198
  • Thoughts: I wrote because I wanted to write. I’m not falling out of love with my novel! I’ll write again with enthusiasm.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep the love going!

I want to make a post about this year’s NaNoWriMo, but I’m very much on the fence about what to write. This week might end up having a post about my indecision.

Writing Progress September 28 – October 4, 2015


September 28

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,989
  • Today’s word count: 107
  • Thoughts: Not a great day for writing, but not a bad day either. I might not have written much, but I finally figured out where I’m going with the scene I’ve been working on.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish this scene and get a move on with the rest of the story!

September 29

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,160
  • Today’s word count: 171
  • Thoughts: Headaches derail my writing plans far too often.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Be headache free and do the writing thing the way it should be done.

September 30

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,298
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: Still having headache troubles. I really wish I could afford to do something more about it, but at this point that isn’t really possible. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself while I’m not at 100%.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have a better day.

October 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,403
  • Today’s word count: 105
  • Thoughts: My health related issues just won’t go away! I keep trying to force myself to write, and it backfires every time. I don’t know if putting less pressure on myself would work to my benefit or not.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write!

October 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,764
  • Today’s word count: 361
  • Thoughts: This was my best writing day word count-wise since September 10! I’m thrilled. I feel like I’m finally getting back on track. Feeling very pleased with myself tonight.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Have another day like today, but with even more words!

October 3

No progress made. I had a productive non-writing day instead. I even played a game with friends.

October 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 23,813
  • Today’s word count: 49
  • Thoughts: I was in my writing groove for about three sentences and then I got distracted and lost it. I stared at the page. I tried to write more, but it just wasn’t right. If only I had gotten into the groove at a different time…
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get that groove back.

I really don’t know how I feel about this week. I’d like to think that I’m getting back into the swing of things. I’m feeling a bit less stressed than I have in previous weeks, which is great. I can feel my willingness to write coming back again, but I’m just not quite there yet with the actual writing part.

I’m starting to get a little worried about NaNoWriMo. All of my energy has been thrown into The Dreams lately, and I don’t know if I trust myself at this point to be changing gears. Usually at this time of year I’m at least working on an outline for NaNo, and more often than not the outline is almost finished by the time October rolls around. This year I have a general idea of what I will be writing, but little more than that. If I didn’t have a history of crashing and burning while pantsing I would be seriously considering that option right now.

The Dreams: Chapter Three

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

I finally have the third chapter of this story put together and posted! I don’t know what it is about this chapter that made it such a pain for me. I can’t write the chemistry between two of the characters in the chapter in a way that satisfies me so that part is rather bare-bones. Any advice about this would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully it will be more enjoyable to read than it was to write.¬† I’d love to hear your thoughts on this chapter.

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