Saturday, November 8, 2008

End of Week One

Well, I'm still keeping at it. Here we are 1/4 of the way there, and I'm almost exactly 1/4 of the way to my goal. 12,517 words out of 50,000. I have to say this target word count thing is really working for me. I'm finding it surprisingly easy to sit down and write the 1,600+ words needed every day to meet the goal. It really makes me wonder just how much I could write if this was my full time job. I begin to understand why some authors can crank out several books a year.

I'm also pretty excited because this morning, lying in bed, I figured out the ending of the story. I'm definitely a plot as I go kind of writer, but it is a little hard for me to write the story not knowing how it will end. Now that I know, I've got something to work toward. And having the goal of writing a complete novel at 50,000 words with a beginning middle and end, I now know when I need to start reaching the climax of the story in order to come down the other side with a finished story.

My son is still reading along. It is a blast writing with him in mind. "Oh, I know that'll make him laugh. I'm sure he'll think this is cool." really makes me look forward to his reaction. So far I haven't been disappointed.

5 comments:

Pym said...

I'm also doing NaNo this year, and feel the same way. I'm finding that the word count is rather easy to pull off, and I'm getting addicted to finding the time to sit down and write. It's a wonderful feeling.

My plot also came together after sitting down and focusing on outlining it. It's not what I imagined entirely, but it's better and fits well. Can't wait until December to start polishing what I do this month.

Break a pencil!

Tamara Morning said...

Congratulations on keeping up your word count through the first week! I have discovered that writing to a word count keeps me quite motivated, so it's something I'm going to actually try to stick to next year. And I love when you have some sort of plot breakthrough. Mine usually come in the middle of the night, waking me upright in bed and wide awake, reaching for a pen and a notebook.

D. Robert Pease said...

Pym, glad you stopped by. What is your URL or Name on Nano. I think I saw a Pym256. I'd love another buddy to help keep me going. Mine is: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/440843

D. Robert Pease said...

Miss Morning, you are cranking away. I can't believe you are at 27 thousand words already. That's nuts. Keep it up.

Pym said...

Glad to keep up with your blog. Yes, I'm Pym256 there, just added you as a Nanobuddy. Having Nanobuddies has scientifically shown to cause little kicks in the brain when stuck writing...

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