2016 – November 30th — Nanotoons

This is it! Last day! Instead of panic like I’ve had in the last few years, today’s nanotoons is of quiet resolve. You can do it!

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Writing Progress November 21 – 27, 2016


November 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,364
  • Today’s word count: 204
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write nearly as much as I would like to or should during NaNoWriMo. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I thought I got over this slump back during week 2, but it seems to be back again. Maybe I’m just not good at writing on the weekends and need a day or two to get back into it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. A lot more writing. I will need a lot of extra words per day to catch up now.

November 22

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,015
  • Today’s word count: 1,679
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a perfect writing day, but I did manage to get my daily minimum for NaNoWriMo written. It took forever. I was writing something I really didn’t want to write (and had been putting off for months if I’m honest). Now it is written and I can finally move on.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I still have a lot of catching up to do. I need to at least make 1,667 words every day for the rest of the month.

November 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,106
  • Today’s word count: 91
  • Thoughts: Well, I got a chapter posted, but it killed my ability to write for the day. That might just be an excuse, but I’m sticking to it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Thanksgiving! We’ll see how much writing I get done. I am going to eat with family at my aunt’s house, but I’ll be home in the morning and I’ll have all evening to write if I have the energy.

November 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,145
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: Thanksgiving. I wanted to write, but after eating and spending time with my family I needed the rest of the day to just rest and decompress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I don’t have anywhere I need to be so I should be able to write lots of words.

November 25

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 207,308
  • Today’s word count: 163
  • Thoughts: I’m so frustrated with myself and with my health. I can’t seem to coordinate free time, motivation and physical well being this month. If I’m lucky I have two out of three, but I need all three to get stuff done. Short version: migraine.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Kick the migraine. Write!

November 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,119
  • Today’s word count: 811
  • Thoughts: The migraine continues. I tried to push through it and write anyway, but I was only partially successful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue battling the migraine and hopefully write even more. I’m falling further behind and I need to cushion the blow as much as possible in the final days since my health has decided to be less than perfect.

November 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 208,847
  • Today’s word count: 728
  • Thoughts: End of migraine + computer problems = less writing than I’d like.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I have so much writing left to do for NaNoWriMo and only 3 days to fit it in. This is pretty much the same story as every year, but I can only pull off a win about 50% of the time. We’ll see what happens this year. I’m still fairly optimistic.

The Dreams: Chapter Fifty

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter took a while. I’m not 100% sure I like the way this chapter was executed, but it told the story it needed to tell. NaNoWriMo is not the best time to try to clean up a draft. It’s hard to get my brain on the right track for creating something readable. I hope this chapter was worth the wait!

With this chapter like every other chapter, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters.

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NaNoWriMo: Week 3 Recap


Week 3 was a roller coaster ride. I’m going to keep this brief because I need to get back to my novel writing.

I had a few great writing days and a couple terrible ones. Overall, week 2 was worse, but week 3 now holds the distinction of having my lowest word count day so far in NaNoWriMo 2016.

I’m still juggling two projects. The Dreams is almost done. I think I’ll finish it before the month is over. Inbetween is coming along nicely as well. Thanksgiving is going to be a plot point, so I’m looking forward to writing that over Thanksgiving.

How’s your word count? Are you ahead? Behind? Did you win already? Are you incorporating any holidays into your novel this year?

The Single Largest Secret to Success

This is great advice. It is so very important to protect that part of us that makes it possible to do the amazing things we do.

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All of us start out writing for different reasons. Perhaps we have dreams of seeing New York Times Best Seller or USA Today Best Seller in front of our names. Perhaps we long to be a household name like Stephen King or even a legend like J.K Rowling.

Some of you might want to see Winner of the Pulitzer Prize on the cover of your books or see your books made into television or major motion pictures. Some writers simply want to finish that one novel and publish it so they can say they wrote a novel.

Every dream is equally noble. There are no right or wrong goals only your goals (and goals evolve as we do). Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the level of sacrifice and self-discipline required to Write a Novel in…

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