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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Writing Progress November 14 – 20, 2016


November 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 10,491
  • Today’s word count: 321

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,083 (I figured out why it wasn’t counting new words!)
  • Today’s word count: 1,376

  • Thoughts: I’m pretty happy with my writing progress today. I managed to figure out the ending of The Dreams scene by scene so I know exactly how much more I need to write! My only real regret was that I needed to sleep a couple hours earlier than I expected and that cut into my nighttime writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same, but less needing to sleep early.

November 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 11,389
  • Today’s word count: 898
  • Thoughts: So much for pulling ahead in week 3. I’m not sure what happened today. I do know that I’m not the greatest at making up bs fantasy political stuff so maybe that was the problem.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the writing thing. Just keep typing.

November 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 13,407
  • Today’s word count: 2,018
  • Thoughts: I wrote. I wrote and wrote! I may have stayed up later that I would have liked getting to word in, but I did it. If it keeps working I’d do it again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I want to keep this up and maybe even build on it.

November 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 15,227
  • Today’s word count: 1,820
  • Thoughts: Another decent writing day! I’m pretty happy with this trend. Week 3 seems to be treating me well.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. All the writing. And maybe some anime if I finish writing early (yes this is me bribing myself not to procrastinate).

November 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 17,085
  • Today’s word count: 1,858
  • Thoughts: Yay! I’m over par for NaNoWriMo again today. Every word over 1,667 closes the gap between my word count and my ideal target for the month.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the writing things. Just keep writing!

November 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,143
  • Today’s word count: 60

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 17,296
  • Today’s word count: 211

  • Thoughts: Today was not a great writing day. Pretty much any day I spend too much time outside doing stuff drains my energy and I need to recharge before I can write coherently. I’m still learning about why I struggle to write some days. I’m pretty sure going outside and doing stuff gives me too much to process and after that I don’t have a lot of creative energy to put into my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get back to writing lots of words. I might not be able to get back on track, but I can get back to slowly moving closer to par.

November 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,160
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: Today’s word count is pitiful, but I have an excuse! After I did a bunch of errands early in the day I came home and discovered my lovely, wonderful desktop computer was throwing a fit. I could’ve ignored it and written on my laptop since I had been very careful about syncing my projects through Dropbox, but I’m not the sort of person to leave something alone when I think I can fix it. I spent most of the day ironing out the kinks caused by some program updates that didn’t agree with my computer. That meant fewer words for me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! Write so much. I’m falling behind again.

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap: Over the Slump?


Goodbye, Week 2!

I think the slump is over! Thank goodness!

Week 2 is always the hardest. Once Week 3 starts the only potential hurdle left is the 20k doldrums. If you’re lucky you might already have 30k or more. If you’re like me and fell behind, the entire stretch from 20k to 30k is still ahead of you.

This month I’ve been juggling writing the final pieces of The Dreams and writing Inbetween. I still haven’t decided whether juggling two projects makes NaNoWriMo easier or not. I guess we’ll see if I end the month with 50k and decide that way.

Yesterday I finally figured out scene by scene the very end of The Dreams. Up until then, even just a few chapters away from the intended ending, those final scenes were snippets of dialog, ideas, and locations with no concrete structure to hold all those ideas together. Now I have it and before the end of the month, I’m going to use it.

Looking at Inbetween I can already see that I’m going to have a lot of work to do when I go to revise. The Dreams had structure. That isn’t to say that Inbetween lacks structure, but it isn’t as obvious where the boundaries between chapters would be. I’m trying not to worry about it while I’m writing. It’s the first draft and just writing the story is the most important part of the first draft, but I’d be lying if I said the later structure of the novel isn’t always in the back of my head.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of this month. Last week was extremely stressful and I could not see myself winning, but all of that has changed. I won’t give all the credit to the shift from week 2 to 3. At least part of it came from seeing the light at the end of The Dreams tunnel. That was the high point of my month so far.

Did week 2 treat you well? Are you looking forward to week 3? How’s your word count looking?

Writing Progress November 7 – 13, 2016


November 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 6,533
  • Today’s word count: 646
  • Thoughts: Better, but not NaNoWriMo good. I need to pick up my pace. Falling behind is never good during a race like NaNoWriMo. Every time this happens I end up just about breaking my hands during the final few days of the month and needing the first week of December to physically recover. I can’t let that happen again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to get back on track. I need 13,333 words for the month by the end of the day to be caught up. I can do it!

November 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 7,039
  • Today’s word count: 506
  • Thoughts: I tried to write. I really did. Then I got caught up in trying to reassure a lot of panicking people and keep order in the spaces I moderate. I know it’s not halfway over and I’m already drained.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Escape into my writing as much as possible. As much as I want to be there for my friends that are as terrified as me, if not even more, I need to take care of myself and recharge.

November 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 9,058
  • Today’s word count: 2,019
  • Thoughts: Lots of progress! I’m really happy with the amount I wrote, but I’m still behind.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I still have catching up to do!

November 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 9,310
  • Today’s word count: 252
  • Thoughts: I wanted to keep the word counts high this week, but I crashed emotionally today. It’s really important to take care of yourself emotionally while writing and I failed to do that this week. I can’t stop making this mistake.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Self-care. Lots of good stuff.

November 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 202,597
  • Today’s word count: 527

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 9,826
  • Today’s word count: 516

  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. And I managed to get some work on The Dreams in. I can’t believe how much work is left to do on this project. It’s a little scary. Novels are scary.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. I’m helping to make several large batches of salsa tomorrow, but I should still have plenty of time to work on my writing projects.

November 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 10,011
  • Today’s word count: 185
  • Thoughts: This is what happens when I’m gone for most of the day and my hands are kept busy. I can’t write and when I do get home I’m too tired to make much progress.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Catching up. I really, really need a couple of good catch up days right now.

November 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: I’m not sure. Project targets in Scrivener for The Dreams stopped counting at 202,597. I don’t know if it is a fixable bug or I’ve just messed it up with my ridiculously huge project.
  • Today’s word count: 559

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 10,170
  • Today’s word count: 159

  • Thoughts: Headachy, confusing writing day. I may have found a bug/upper limit for manuscript word counts in Scrivener. I didn’t write as much as I would have liked.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write, write, write some more. This is NaNoWriMo. Writing is the only acceptable option.

You may have noticed a new chapter of The Dreams did not go up over the weekend. I’m really struggling with wrapping this story up and NaNoWriMo is only compounding that issue. I don’t have a chapter I’m remotely happy with at the moment. I do hope to have a chapter out on Saturday. I want to wrap this story up!

At this point, all I know for sure is there is more than one chapter left of The Dreams. Once the last chapter is posted I’ll be switching gears and start revising  Inbetween and posting the second draft chapter by chapter here. If you want to read the first draft as I write it, you can do that by becoming my patron. So far I’ve enjoyed sharing my first draft so I hope to continue doing this with Inbetween beyond NaNoWriMo and hopefully with future projects as well.