NaNoWriMo Check In

How is everyone doing? Managing to get your words done?

If not, don’t worry – I always find hitting the daily word targets is always harder mid-week than it is at weekends, usually because mid-week we’ve all got work and other commitments demanding our attention.

Writing little and often works a charm sometimes – 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there. They all add up in the long run, and a month of intense writing is certainly a long run!

For myself, I’m happy with what I’ve got so far – 6517 words at the moment. I had the 1st day of NaNoWriMo off work, or else I’d be way behind. I’m hoping to get a little further ahead with a few sprints tonight as I’ve got family visiting over the weekend so opportunities to sneak away and get some writing done will be few and far between.

I have to say, too, that Write or Die – both the online version for when I’m sneakily writing in lunch breaks at work and the paid for version I use when I’m at home – is a Godsend when it comes to NaNoWriMo and keeping track of the time during sprints.

Good luck, everyone, and remember to try and enjoy the experience – there’s no point doing it if you don’t!

Well, back to the writing I go… I don’t think these 200+ words count! 😉

Prepping for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is just days away and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

Today, I finished the first draft of book 3 of my contemporary romance series, which means I’ve hit my first writing goal of the year. The ambitious stretch goal was to finish the entire series and that’s where NaNoWriMo comes in.

Book 4, the final, here I come!

I love NaNoWriMo, even the years I don’t hit the 50k goal. If nothing else, it’s a way to motivate myself to try and write every day – and a way I can explain to family and friends why I’m shutting myself away for a while to get my thoughts on paper. For some reason, I find they accept my writing time a lot easier when it’s part of an internationally recognised event.

Good luck to my fellow NaNoWriMo’s, and I’ll see you during/after November for an update!

Small writing update..

Didn’t hit 50k for NaNoWriMo.

Managed to get the work in progress to 30k yesterday, which by my estimation is just under halfway. Yay. There’s still a thin hope it’ll be finished by New Year’s Eve, which is my new goal but Christmas does tend to derail things like that.

Congratulations to my fellow writers who achieved your NaNo goals! *sprinkles confetti*

And to those who didn’t – you can do it, keep going! *waves Pom Poms*

NaNoWriMo is a bust.

… Because I’ve successfully read three novels during the course of this month, plus Gilmore Girls.

Because, hello, Gilmore Girls. It was the show of my not-so-youth, (I’m about the same age as Rory Gilmore, go figure), and it was a TV show that served as a sort of bonding experience between me and some of my closest friends, one of which is no longer with us and the others who aren’t as close as they used to be. (Which, if you’ve seen it, are you Team Jess? Logan? Dean? Paul?!)

Kind of sad. But never mind. That’s this thing called life for you.

The books I’ve been busy procrastinating with reading are the two Ilona Andrews ‘Edge’ series books I’ve mentioned beforehand and another random novel I had on my Kindle.

Now, I really enjoyed the ‘Edge’ series books, as expected, but the third book… I don’t know. I’m not going to list the title or author, just say it wasn’t quite as expected. To be honest, I don’t know if I enjoyed it or not.

There was this whole subplot set in the future – parts of the book were written in the past, too, but I got those – that seemed to me it’d been added as an afterthought, and amended at the instruction of someone other than the author.

The future scenes were interspersed between the rest of it, conversations between the lead character and her future child (a son, we learn towards the end of the story.) They don’t seem to be in any sort of chronological order and seem to be just kind of thrown in there to ensure a happy ending. In fact, I can almost imagine the below conversation taking place:

Author: There! It’s all done! What do you think?
Editor/Publisher: It’s great! Well, there’s this one thing..
A: What thing?
E/P: It needs a little something more, you know? It’s not really a happy ending.
A: But it is happy! She’s on her own and she realised she just needs to be confident in who she is to be happy!
E/P: Yeah, no, I get that but.. Maybe there needs to be a kid?
A: A kid?
E/P: Yeah! Yeah, do some future scenes. Her and the kid. Make her a mother and she’ll be happy.
A: But she’s never eluded to the fact she likes kids, let alone wants one..?
E/P: Hmm, you’re right. Hey, how about we add a scene in the present time where she’s thinking about kids? She can see someone with them and think that hey, yes, that’s something she wants someday? Then hey presto, in the future, she’s a mum and she’s happy!
A: Um. Okay. I guess. [Obediently adds said scene, and writes dialogue-only conversations between mother and child, though eludes to the fact mother is on her own with child but is okay because a man does not equal everything.] There! What do you think?
E/P: Excellent! Brilliant! Love the kid… But…
A: But…?
E/P: It’s not very happy ending-ish, is it?
A: What do you mean? She has a home, a job, a child? She’s happy.
E/P: She doesn’t have a husband, though, does she? You had the kid ask where Daddy is but didn’t answer, just kind of avoided it?
A: Well, yes. Because she doesn’t need a man to make her whole. You see, that was the point of relationships X, Y and Z. To prove being in a relationship might be what’s expected of women these days but it doesn’t necessary lead to happiness.
E/P: Yeah, yeah. We get that. Girl power, feminism. All that jazz. But… you know… it’s not very happy. A happy marriage would make her happy.
A: But I’ve not mentioned anywhere that she’s married…?
E/P: No. No, but you did mention Bloke P in a scene once. Maybe throw his name into a couple more scenes, the ones where she’s back home and he could be on her mind? Then have him be the dad?
A: … Okay?
E/P: And have the last two sentences… The bedtime story. It can end with the mum telling the kid that she has to go because Daddy’s home. That would work.
A: [Resigned sigh] Okay.

And that basically sums up what went through my head when I finished the story. It didn’t feel like a natural end, nor like the one the author spent so long building up towards.

So there we go. Part of the reason my NaNoWriMo project currently stands at a measly 23065 words instead of the 40+ it should be right about now. And now I’ve spent ten minutes writing 700+ words on this blog, I’ll get back to the actual novel I’m supposed to be writing on.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US, Happy Gilmore Girls Day to those of you everywhere who enjoy the series!

(And Happy NaNoWriMo end is in sight to those who’ve successfully kept with it this month!)

Short post..

Word count update: 19,072.

Book update: Book three in Ilona Andrews ‘Edge’ series is finished; the fourth and final book is in progress.

In summary: Will power, what will power…?

(Silver lining: It’s nearly the weekend. Once the 4th book is read and finished, I’ve got nothing to distract me – other than the Christmas Fayre I’m going to on Saturday and the family lunch I’m hosting on Sunday – so maybe I can do a little writing on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.)

(Silver lining #2: I have the office to myself for an hour tomorrow. It’s sneaky, but what’s to say I don’t accidentally do some writing during that hour? Accidentally… )