NaNoWriMo Progress, Week 4 (And Wrap Up)

NaNoWriMo LogoNational Novel Writing Month 2015 is officially over. I didn’t hit 50,000 words, though I didn’t expect to reach that goal. Neither did I meet my 30,000 word goal. That’s okay, though. The 11,000 words I wrote in the month are 11,000 more words than I had written for this story on October 31st.

The plan going forward is to keep working on Bay View Outbreak until it’s finished. Hopefully that’ll be before the end of the year, and I can start editing it by the end of January.

Here’s how the last week of NaNo went:

How many words did you write this week? 707
What’s your biggest accomplishment this week? Since I didn’t get all that much writing done, I think the biggest accomplishment is that I’ve written at all. A few hundred words is a whole lot better than no words.
Do you have a favorite scene so far?  I still really like the exposition about my main character’s fear of darkness.
Do you have a scene that didn’t quite meet your expectations? I mean, there are quite a few scenes that are going to need extensive revision when the time comes. So many that I can’t pinpoint one off the top of my head.
Are you sticking to your outline? I am, and I have an inkling that this project is going to come in closer to 20,000 words.
What’s your writing routine? Routine?
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 11,018
Words to Goal: 18,982
Days Remaining: 0

How was your NaNo? What did you accomplish?

NaNoWriMo Progress, Week 3

NaNoWriMo LogoPerseverance is the name of the game this November. I may not be writing every day or getting more than a few hundred words written each session, but I’m sticking with it.

Due to my day job in retail and continuing freelance projects, I’m probably not going to be getting all that many more words written this month. I will still be on the lookout for snippets of time I can steal to write.

Here’s how the past week went:

How many words did you write this week? 3,857
What’s your biggest accomplishment this week? Sitting down to write break 10,000 words total and write over 2,000 words in the same session. It took me a whole lot longer than I planned, but it was the most fun writing that I’d had in a long time.
Do you have a favorite scene so far?  It’s not so much a scene as exposition detailing the main character’s fear of the dark. It’s directly inspired by my own fear, and I had a lot of fun putting words to the feeling.
Do you have a scene that didn’t quite meet your expectations? The scene where the characters move from their “home base” to the possible escape route. I think it’ll improve (or even be cut) during revision.
Are you sticking to your outline? Yes, there’s no change on that front. I’m starting to think that the final length will be less than the projected 30,000 words.
What’s your writing routine? The only routine I have right now relates to my dogs, not my writing. I pretty much decide five minutes before I start working on NaNo that I’m going to work on it.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 10,311
Words to Goal: 19,689
Days Remaining: 4

NaNoWriMo Progress, Week 2

NaNoWriMo LogoFinding time to write has been a struggle again this week. I’d love to just pick a specific hour each day and make that my regular routine. But my schedule changes so much that such thing isn’t possible. So I’m trying a new plan where I carve out an hour a day to write. I’ll let you know how well that works next week.

Here’s how the past week went:

How many words did you write this week? 3,082
What’s your biggest accomplishment this week? It’s not directly related to this novella, but I finished the (very) basic outline of the entire Bay View Outbreak series. The current ending is a lot more depressing than I originally planned.
Do you have a favorite scene so far?  The one I’m writing now is shaping up to be my favorite. It’s basically where one character is coming back to life as a zombie and no one notices until it’s too late.
Do you have a scene that didn’t quite meet your expectations? Yes, it’s a scene where the main character and another character secured part of the building from zombies.
Are you sticking to your outline? Yes, and I can’t see that changing at the moment.
What’s your writing routine? There’s no such thing as a routine. I’m planning on changing that by giving myself an hour to write each day and then doing something else. That way I’ll start training my brain to get to work during that time rather than dragging the whole process out for hours.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 6,454
Words to Goal: 23,546
Days Remaining: 13

NaNoWriMo Progress, Week 1

NaNoWriMo LogoThe lateness of this post (it should’ve been up on Sunday) pretty much sums up my NaNoWriMo so far: not enough time for all the things in my life so things get put off for later. That includes NaNo.

But I still see NaNo so far as a success. It’s gotten me working on a longer project, something I haven’t done since finishing a novel way back in June. Plus I’m writing more per sitting than I have in a long time. I’d like to get to the point where I can write 1,667 words in a sitting, and it looks like I’ll be getting there eventually.

Here’s a quick roundup of my NaNoWriMo so far:

How many words did you write this week? 3,372
What’s your biggest accomplishment this week? Not giving in to numerous other plot bunnies bouncing around in my head and tempting me to plan a shiny new story.
Do you have a favorite scene so far?  Not really. I haven’t written enough to have a favorite scene yet; I’m still feeling out my characters.
Do you have a scene that didn’t quite meet your expectations? So far, the first big “fight scene” was less spectacular than I expected. It may look better during editing.
Are you sticking to your outline? I am. It’s feeling a bit small, but it’s working for now.
What’s your writing routine? Routine? What’s that? I write whenever I have the time to sit down without other deadlines poking me to work on other projects.
Total NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 3,372
Words to Goal: 26,628
Days Remaining: 20

National Novel Writing Month, 2015

Since finishing the rough draft of a novel back in the spring, I haven’t worked on another major writing project. I wrote a couple of short stories, but that’s about it. So there doesn’t seem like a better time to embark on a new story than National Novel Writing Month.

I’ve been prepping a novella series over the past few weeks. It focuses on the first seven days of a zombie outbreak in suburban Massachusetts, and I should have all my pre-writing work done before November 1st. There’s no official title yet. Just an unofficial one, Overrun.

The difference between Overrun and the other novels that I’ve worked on for NaNoWriMo is how I’m preparing this time around. I’ve been using the steps outlined in 2,000 to 10,000 to get the world, characters, and plot of this novel in shape. Despite being only about halfway through the prep work, I feel like I know this story better than any other story I’ve written.

I don’t plan on holding myself to the NaNo timeline of 50,000 words in 30 days. Partially because I’m not sure how many words this novella will be when finished, and partially because my most successful NaNos have been where I give myself permission to work beyond the November 30th deadline. (I’ve finished two rough drafts that way, usually six months after NaNo.)

Are you planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing?NaNoWriMo Logo

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 16 hours

Day 26: Calm before the storm

In a few hours, Camp will officially begin. I can’t wait. I’m excited to start writing, and I’m ready to see the shape that this story takes. This is going to be a crazy month.

I’ve tried to post daily updates in the past, and that always ended up being more of a hassle than anything else. My good friend Emily over at More Than One Page did a “What I’m Doing Monday” post where she included her Camp NaNo update, and I think that would work pretty well for me. It would mean that I’m not cursing myself because I procrastinated on getting my word count done and now I have to write a blog update at midnight.

I’m going to spend these next few hours getting a couple other projects squared away from the month and figuring out my schedule to get all of my projects done while working on my Camp novel. And I’ll be counting down the hours until midnight.

Are you ready for Camp? Are you excited?

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 1 day

Day 25: Registration Day

Today’s exercise isn’t really an exercise. It’s more of getting my act together with something that I should have done days ago. Namely, registering my novel for Camp NaNo. I’ve put it off because I wanted to decide on a title. While I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to call this novel, I’ve run out of time if I want to put the info up on the Camp NaNo website.

Here are my goals for Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2014:

Title:Untitled Parasite Soldier
Genre:Young Adult
Type: Novel
Word Count Goal: 40,000
Daily Word Goal: 1,334

Have you put your novel on the website yet? How many words are you planning to write? What genre will your story be?


Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 2 days

Day 24: Get me interested!

Exercise: Write the teaser summary of your story that you would want on the inside jacket of your book. Make sure to peak interest while not giving away too much.

My name is Ophelia Lawrence. You can call me Lia. For all you know, I’m a normal seventeen year old enrolled in the student worker program here in Wyne. I have friends that I love, a mentor I tolerate, and the cutest puppy in the city. The resistance taught me well.

Right now, I wish I wasn’t so good at being anonymous. Because the Warriors of Rizer have made me one of their soldiers, and I am at the beck and call of a parasite implanted at the base of my skull. It can dictate my speech. It can make me sabotage my new life. But it can’t control my thoughts or my heart. I just hope that’s enough to stop what’s coming.

Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 3 days

Day 23: Scene List and Outline

Exercise: Create a list of your scenes and fit them into an outline.

This post is a bit late because this exercise took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I usually write out the outline in order, but the problem with that method is that it’s a lot harder to insert scenes without rewriting the whole outline. So I tried something different this time.

I wrote out every scene that I wanted to include on small index cards before arranging them in order on the floor (I made sure to vacuum ahead of time). While changing up the order to add new scenes was still a bit difficult because there were so many index cards, it was so much easier than writing the outline on paper. I did have one scene that ended up not fitting, but I have it handy in case I find a place for it when I actually start writing.

How do you outline? Do you have a way to insert scenes into it after the outline is completed?



Camp NaNoWriMo: T-minus 4 days

Day 22: The Map

Exercise: In order to keep yourself–and your characters–from getting lost in the land/city where they live, create a map of the area. Make sure to mark where your main character will be living, working, and spending most of their time. Don’t neglect other important landmarks such as government buildings, a hospital, and the police station. Make it as detailed as you would like.

Here is the map I drew for the as of now unnamed city.

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