No Time for a real post. But I do have time for this:
50,205 words in the bag.
Yup. I “won”. And by won, they mean I completed 50k+ words in under 30 days to form a fiction novel first rough draft. A VERY rough draft, I’ll admit.
This doesn’t mean I am done working on it, rather it means that now I get to -really- dig into to what I actually wrote and massage it to make this fiction novel readable. I honestly am not even the least bit happy with what I created here, so a LOT of editing is in my future. But what I AM happy with is the fact that I was able to produce 50k+ words in under thirty days and keep them all focused on a basic story line.
I promise you all this: when I have a moment, either over the vacation days ahead or possibly into next week, I WILL post the Title, Synopsis, and Excerpt. **Edited 10-23-2013: I didn’t live up to my promise. It seems that after I went back to edit/review what I’d written, I was still so disgusted with the result that I filed it away and forgot about it. I did try and edit it in 2011 and found my disgust hadn’t decreased, so I refiled it away again. If I’m lucky, I may be able to pull out a short story from it sometime in 2028. **
For now, just revel in my joy that I’m DONE!
To try and help pump out my word count this weekend, I opted to push myself even harder with very specific set goals and limits to try and compete with myself. To that end I found Write or Die, a great website that lets you set a number of words and a time clock to countdown. If you stop writing for a few seconds, bad things happen, so you literally have to keep writing until your time is up or you hit your word count. fun stuff!
So, from http://writeordie.com/ I give you my latest count set at 1500 in 60 minutes:
Right off the bat, it seems some of my friends are still a bit confused as to what this all is. Let me explain… no, no time to explain, let me summarize:
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org for more details). The concept here is to produce a 50,000 word short fiction novel in the month of November.
That said, I am now squarely in week 3 of this challenge and am finding that at 31,034 words down I am also encountering those week 3 doubts. I am sure that this novel is utter rubbish that any 3rd grader with a mind for story telling could write. I didn’t believe thejamez when he said I’d get to that point back around the end of week one. I figured that I knew it was bad, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever written. Silly me. I am up to my eyeballs in doubt. Luckily, I have done enough reading over the course of this ‘experiment’ that I know this is exactly what –everyone– encounters during week 3, so my hope is not lost.
The words are more difficult to find now, in day 18. My daily word counts are still barely making grade, and are taking longer to obtain. I’m sticking with it none-the-less. I’m nothing if not stubborn. Still, I feel like I am reaching to push the story along. I have the deep sense that this first draft, once completed at the end of the month, will have a very short existence in its current form, and will hopefully not resemble anything close to what it is now, once I am able to focus in on editing next month.
I just need to continue trudging through the words and not pay attention to my brain; just build the count so I can move past the doubt and into week 4. Of course this weekend will be the toughest yet. Since I won’t be in a position to put down many words between the 26th and the 30th, I am hoping I can get to 50k by noon on the 26th. But, that means ending 4 days early, when I am already a day or two behind the curve.
All in all, it should be an interesting week between now and next Wednesday.