It’s another NaNoWriMo check in…

How’s everyone doing?

After falling behind my own target earlier in the week (but still, somehow, hitting the daily NaNoWriMo total), I’ve hit 25,000 words today so am taking a moment to breathe and get myself a fresh cup of tea since the one I made this morning went cold a long time ago.

I hope everyone who’s taking part in NaNoWriMo is remembering to enjoy themselves and not stressing too much about word counts – if you fall behind at some point, don’t stress about it. You’ll catch up one day when inspiration strikes and leaves you with no choice but to write, write, write!

Happy writing, everyone – and don’t forget to drink your tea/coffee before it goes cold!

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*

So. 2016 word count so far.

The novel is progressing well. Maybe not 50000-words-in-a-month well, but hey ho. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

I’m happy with the development. It doesn’t feel rushed. I’m building up to the big ‘turning point’ moment but it’s not quite there yet.

That’s okay.

So far this year, I’ve written somewhere between 74,198 (the first LWL story) and 175,224 words (LWL1, LWL2 so far & the original third story in a dust-gathering trilogy that spawned the whole thing back in March) this year.

That’s quite a lot.

Maybe not for someone who can write full-time, who doesn’t have a full-time job, family commitments and other silly life factors that get in the way.

For me, though? 175,000+ words over the course of an almost year is good.

There’ll be more before the end of the year, obviously, as there’s still some of November and all of December to go, but even if there wasn’t?

I can live with that.

It’s 175,000+ words more than any of my non-writer friends has written.

It’s 175,000+ words more than any of my colleagues, who think I’m odd for preferring nights in to nights out getting spending my hard earned money on extortionately priced alcohol, have written. 

I may not hit my NaNoWriMo target this year, but I’m still happy with what I’ve achieved. My writing may not pay the bills yet (to be fair, I’d kind of have to let someone else read it first for it to do that…) but it’s something I’ve kept doing through thick and thin, something I need to do in order to cope with everything else that’s going on, and I’m happy with that.

I hope my fellow writers out there are happy with their word count achievements, too.