Writing Progress October 9 – 15, 2017


October 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,029
  • Today’s word count: 726
  • Thoughts: Writing happened today. It was great. I only wish I would have done more NaNo prep, but I didn’t want to leave Inbetween once I started.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Prep. I really want to make progress with both in one day, please.

October 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,189
  • Today’s word count: 160
  • Thoughts: My word count doesn’t look too spectacular today, but I made a good bit of progress with my notes for The Dreams so I still consider today a success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revision. Writing. NaNo prep? I think I can do it all, but time will tell.

October 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,765
  • Today’s word count: 576
  • Thoughts: Writing and revision went really well today! I just wish I’d done more in the way of NaNo prep. This week that has been my greatest challenge. I want to be prepared, but that work keeps getting brushed to the side in favor of work on Inbetween and non-writing life things.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up this week’s revisions. More writing. Much more NaNo prep. I know I can do it. I just need to remain focused.

October 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,726
  • Today’s word count: -39
  • Thoughts: Revisions are taking forever. Again. Some weeks the revision process is easy, but more often than not, it’s a struggle. I didn’t get much else done today because I spent all my time fiddling with the words in this week’s chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revisions. Write! NaNo Prep!

October 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,717
  • Today’s word count: -9
  • Thoughts: Revision, revision, revision. This week has been really rough revision-wise. I’m falling behind on my other writing obligations and that’s significantly more frustrating than just dealing with a difficult chapter.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get this week’s chapter posted so I can put it behind me and switch my focus back to other writing-related tasks.

October 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,698
  • Today’s word count: -19
  • Thoughts: I was busy, busy, busy today. I didn’t do as much writing-related work as I would have liked, but I can’t complain because I had a great day. I can make up for missed writing time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More NaNo prep. I can do this!

October 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 123,808
  • Today’s word count: 110
  • Thoughts: I had a productive day. I worked through rereading more of The Dreams and took notes. Later, I wrote a bit of Inbetween. I wish I could have done more, but I just didn’t have the energy to do more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More NaNo prep. More writing. I can do it!

Writing Progress October 2 – 8, 2017


October 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,359
  • Today’s word count: 120
  • Thoughts: My word count is low, but I think I made a lot of progress today. I spent part of my writing time today reading through The Dreams and taking notes. I still haven’t found a way to quantify that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More reading. More notes. More NaNoWriMo prep!

October 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,767
  • Today’s word count: 408
  • Thoughts: Well, that’s a better word count. I think I’m on my way to building up my writing muscles for NaNoWriMo. I have a long way to go this month, though.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. More writing. More NaNoPrep.

October 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,798
  • Today’s word count: 31
  • Thoughts: Revisions always, always, always make my word count look terrible. I made it through the first two passes of revisions and partway through the third. I can’t consider that any less than a success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish revising and get back to writing! I’ll hopefully fit in some NaNoPrep time too.

October 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,894
  • Today’s word count: 96
  • Thoughts: I finished revisions! I’m thrilled! My revisions have been stretching on and on lately and getting it done on Thursday is such a relief.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: NaNoPrep and back to writing.

October 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 122,011
  • Today’s word count: 117
  • Thoughts: Today was not the best day for me writing-wise. I had a strange day overall and it really killed my ability to focus. I tried, but it wasn’t terribly successful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Post this week’s chapter, write more, prep more. I think I can make Saturday a productive day.

October 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 122,190
  • Today’s word count: 179
  • Thoughts: Well, it was a super productive day. I got the chapter posted, and I wrote a little bit, but when I went to write I froze. I don’t know what’s going on with me and this story, but my brain shuts off when I try to write lately. I need to figure this out and fast.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more than today. I think I can do it.

October 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 122,303
  • Today’s word count: 113
  • Thoughts: Today was a busy day and by the time I was able to sit down and write, I was exhausted. I’m pretty proud of what I did accomplish. Not only did I write a little bit of Inbetween, but I also managed to take some more notes for my rewrite of The Dreams.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More notes. NaNoWriMo isn’t far off and I need to be ready to dive into this new draft of The Dreams on November 1.

12 Reasons for 12 Years of NaNoWriMo


This year will be my twelfth NaNoWriMo! I can’t imagine doing anything else with my November every year.

Some people might wonder why I come back to the same challenge year after year so I made a list!

My 12 Reasons for Coming Back to NaNoWriMo (in no particular order)

  1. community
    You can find people doing NaNoWriMo almost anywhere online. It’s great! You can make new friends, and the excitement of discovering old friends who also do NaNoWriMo can’t be beat.
  2.  some years it was the only time I wrote consistently
    I feel like I owe NaNoWriMo a debt of gratitude for the years I couldn’t manage a consistent, year-round writing routine for at least getting me to write every day for a month.
  3. excuse to write with joyful, reckless abandon
    Nothing gets me to just write like NaNoWriMo. Moments of doubt and hesitation are met by writer friends encouraging me to just write it out and deal with problems with my writing after I actually have something written.
  4. forums
    I’m mostly a lurker on the forums, but it’s a great source of inspiration or procrastination… whichever I’m looking for at the moment.
  5. word wars
    Word wars are one of the best ways to toss myself headfirst into writing for the day and NaNoWriMo makes it possible to find people to war with at any time.
  6. write-ins
    The days I go to write-ins are my most productive days of all. The change of scenery and the motivation I get from writing around other writers really gives me a boost. It’s easy to forget to go out and socialize during a massive writing marathon so having write-ins to blend the writing and the socializing really helps.
  7. trying to beat my personal best
    50,000 words in a month is still a challenge for me, but I start every NaNo trying to write more than I’ve ever done before. The years I do manage to accomplish something I’ve never done before are always extra memorable.
  8. statistics
    NaNoWriMo has been adding more personal statistics over the last few years and I love them! Having charts to track my progress and lists to tell me how many words per day I need to finish on time make me a very happy writer.
  9. friendly competition
    I’m not ashamed to admit it. I check on my writing buddies and when one of them has more words than me, I make it my mission to get my word count higher than theirs.
  10. learning new ways to plan and write
    With all the new writer friends I make through NaNoWriMo, it is almost impossible to not pick up some new tips and tricks along the way. Everyone has their own way of doing things that works for them, and if I think it would work for me, I’m going to give it a try.
  11. finding new writers to follow and new books I want to read
    NaNoWriMo gets a lot of people to try writing novels that never thought they could. Odds are, I’ll never read most of them (there are too many and most people never share/publish their work from NaNoWriMo) but I do discover a few new authors and books every year.
  12. remembering why I love writing so much
    Some years I get down in the dumps and find myself hating writing. Then NaNoWriMo rolls around again and the collective joy for the craft is infectious. It’s impossible for me not to love writing at this time of year.

How many years have you been doing NaNoWriMo? What are you reasons for coming back year after year?

Writing Progress September 25 – October 1, 2017


September 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 120,437
  • Today’s word count: 343
  • Thoughts: I wrote, but the amount I wrote isn’t enough to make me happy. A couple hundred more words and I’d be pretty pleased, but this word count is just a bit too low in my opinion. I struggled to figure out how to write what was in my head today so it doesn’t surprise me that my word count reflects that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get out of my own head and get the words written.

September 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,045
  • Today’s word count: 608
  • Thoughts: I feel like I’m getting back on track. Even though most of what I’ve been writing has been character exploration, I’m still really happen with the words I’ve committed to paper. I hope they’ll help me keep everyone in character later.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising. Maybe some writing. I know I’ll be busy tomorrow because I’m going to a show in the evening. I’ll revise before I go and hopefully write when I get back.

September 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,041
  • Today’s word count: -4
  • Thoughts: As you can see from my word count, I didn’t do much in the way of writing after the show. I revised during the day, but when I got home late last night, I was wound up but in no way in the right mindset to write new words.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. More writing. I’m not going anywhere so I should have a productive day.

September 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,026
  • Today’s word count: -15
  • Thoughts: More revisions today. I really want to write, but I know I need to get this chapter into shape before I switch gears.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up revision and get back to writing!

September 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 120,922
  • Today’s word count: -104
  • Thoughts: Ugh. Revising is hard this week. I want to go back to easy weeks with one day of revising.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get this chapter posted!

September 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 120,927
  • Today’s word count: 5
  • Thoughts: I got the chapter posted! I wrote a bit, even if my word count doesn’t appear to support that story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Sundays are either great or terrible for writing. I’m hoping to make this one a great Sunday.

October 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 121,239
  • Today’s word count: 312
  • Thoughts: It was struggle to get started today. I’m not sure what is making writing so hard lately. I want to blame it on my overly long revision times. Those days are forced breaks from writing new words and jumping forward again has been extremely difficult.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. I want to orchestrate a day of writing with reckless abandon. I’m not sure it will happen, but the start of October, with the NaNoWriMo forums getting reset seems like the perfect time to try.