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NaNoWriMo Update #1

Today marks the first Saturday of NaNoWriMo 2014, and I wanted to take the opportunity to post an update on my progress. It’s been a fun first week with ups and downs. I’m feeling pretty confident where I stand now.

How many words did you write this week? 13,761
What’s your biggest accomplishment this week? Finishing the “Parasite” project. I made that part of this month’s NaNoWriMo because I’ve been working on the novel for so long and simply never sat down to finish it. While I’m not at all happy with the way that it ended, it’s a finished draft. Now I can go back in a month or two and start revisions.
Do you have a favorite scene so far?  A scene in the “Blood Tithe” project where the main character encounters a squirt gun in a ransacked supermarket.
Do you have a scene that didn’t quite meet your expectations? Pretty much the last scenes in the “Parasite” project. They ended up being very anticlimactic, and the main character had absolutely nothing to do with shaping the ending.
Are you sticking to your outline? So far. The outline is pretty basic, so I have a lot of flexibility.
What’s your writing routine? The routine is currently waiting until about 10 PM and then using the 15 minute/500 word setting of Write or Die at least four times.
Have you been keeping up with other writing commitments? All of the projects with deadlines are getting done on time.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 13,761
Words to Goal: 36,239
Days Remaining: 23

How is your November shaping up? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How many words have you written so far?

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update #1

  1. Man, I hear you… It’s so disappointing when in the end, the main character doesn’t really rise to the challenge. Props for finishing the draft, though! Definitely a productive start to the month.


    1. Thanks! It was kind of disappointing, but I’m pretty sure that it’s fixable in the next draft. She seemed to want to kick butt and take names, it just didn’t happen for some reason.


      1. You know, so many main characters fall into the ‘kick butt and take names’ category. It might be interesting to read about a different kind of hero. It might be an angle worth exploring in revisions. Just a thought 🙂


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