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Nanowrimo Update

I didn’t post anything last week. The only excuse I have is that I had nothing to say and I was struggling with my nanowrimo stats. I’m still struggling with that. My numbers so far don’t look that great. Here’s a look at what my progress has been:

  • Nov 1, 1530 words – a good solid start
  • Nov 6, 74 words – a slight blip in the month
  • Nov 11, 2296 words – look at this day! I was excited and on track.
  • Nov 12, 1039 words – okay, not bad but not as great as yesterday.
  • Nov 13, 193 words – nope.
  • Nov 14, 1546 words – getting there
  • Nov 16, 310 words – what was I doing?
  • Nov 18, 88 words – distracted by Facebook. Damn you Facebook!
  • Nov 19, 148 words – Bahahahaha, i’m not writing today
  • Nov 21, 935 words – wait, was this really only 935 words? It felt like so much more.

As you can see, my totals don’t amount to much and quite frankly, looking at the statistics and some of the graphics, I feel judged. This thing says I need to produce 3343 words in one day just to get back on track. Then I would have to produce 1700 words per day to meet the goal. I’m going to tell you this right now…on my best day, 3000 words is pushing it. And yes that tab is to tell me how to take a screen shot because I forgot and I’m old. Stop judging me. I’m getting enough of that from the website below.

As you can see from the below graph, I am FAR below the necessary word counts to be on track for 50,000 words by the end of November. I mean, shit, I’m not even close. The light blue line is where I should be. The dark blue line is me. The line’s color is gloomy, much like my mood.

This is the one where I really feel like the dashboard is judging me.

What the hell nanowrimo? March 8th? Really?

Can I count this blog as part of my word count total? There’s gotta be at least a hundred words here. That should count…right.

Where are my fellow writers out there? Where are you guys at? Make me feel better.

Nanowrimo

This month is Nanowrimo. For those of you who have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about, don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are a lot of people that have never heard of this.

Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. There is a website that engages the writing community to write 50,000 words in a single month: nanowrimo.org. This is supposed to be a way to give a writer a swift kick in the ass and get you back into gear. Ultimately, getting words on the page.

A lot of people think they have to be pretty words. Incorrect! They just have to be words that make sense. You can always go back and make them pretty. Fixing and editing, at least for me, is way easier than staring at a blank page.

Almost every year, I sit down and log in. I set my project – which for me has been four different books between 2011-2019. You can see by the number of projects as compared to the number of years how successful I’ve been.

The first, I finished but it wasn’t very good. So, there it sits in my dropbox, waiting for me to revisit and rework.

The second, was never finished. Again, still waiting on me to finish.

The third was Hereditary Magic. I FINISHED IT. And, like 10 of you read it, so there’s that.

The fourth is Residual Magic…here’s hoping. I’ll be honest though, I’m already behind in writing this one and nanowrimo was my plan to get back on track. For the first few days, usually, I’m good. Then life and work gets in the way. This year was no exception. Listen, I’m fucking busy.

Here are my stats from nanowrimos of years past:

201150,116/50,000 – Yay! This is me winning nanowrimo

2012 – Sike, I didn’t participate

201318,864/50,000 – EPIC FAIL!

2014 – Bahahaha!

2015 – Scarlett was like 6 months old. Nothing got done other than working, feeding, and sleeping. NOTHING. AT. ALL.

2016 – okay, this is it. This is the year I’m back to writing 3 books a year. 4,230/50,000 Okay, not so much.

201711,229/50,000 – I’m starting to see a pattern. However, this one was actually Hereditary Magic. I did eventually finish it and publish it, just not in this time frame.

2018 – Bahahahaaha again. Actually, I think I forgot.

2019 – Here we go. I’m off to a bangin’ start… 1,604/50,000 in SEVEN DAYS.

I should be putting words down on the page right now. Instead, I’m writing this blog because in seminar after seminar, they keep telling us that consistency and content are important to readers. Can I count these words toward nanowrimo? That would be cheating…I guess.