21 Days of NaNoWriMo and a Box full of Books

Twenty-one days into National Novel Writing Month, I have written over 35K words and reached Chapter 13. There are 9 days and 15K words remaining to reach the goal.
I really enjoy the way the novel is going so far. It is very unusual for me that I didn’t plot or plan the novel the way I usually do. Usually, I would plan months in advance every detail for every chapter, outline all of the plot’s twists and turns, write character sketches, etc., but not this time. There just wasn’t enough time to get that done before NaNoWriMo started on November 1st. So now, I’m winging it. What I did know though is how the third book starts and how it must end. In the mean time, I’m discovering the details of the story from here to there as I make it up. It’s fun. I like it. Well, you’ve got to try something different once in a while. There will still be the edits, lots of edits, after the first draft is done.

Besides working on Book 3, I am taking care of Book 2. I received the whole box filled with Book 2 on Thursday. Those books are contributor copies, copyright application copies, and friends and family copies. I very much enjoy this part, when the book is all done and published, to give several of copies away as gifts. I also brought two copies to the local library that took my first book as well. Hopefully, the readers will like and enjoy this second story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

NaNoWriMo – Day 15 – Halfway there

November 1st started the 2020 National Novel Writing Month. My second novel, Sophie and the Magic Seeds, began with NaNoWriMo and lots of notes and planning before hand. Trying to be quicker about my novel writing, I’ve decided to start Novel 3 this way, hoping I’ll be finishing this last book of the trilogy a bit faster than the first two.
It is now Day 15, and I’ve made it past the halfway mark, totaling 25,624 words. This time, I’m doing something different though, at least different for me: I haven’t planned the whole novel, and I only know how it starts and how it’s going to end. So, everything that happens in between, I’ll find out along the way. This is cool because normally I’m a planner and a control freak. But with precious little time to prepare, I just dived into it. Sink or swim. So far, I’m swimming.

Life after NaNoWriMo

Quite frankly, I needed a break after that marathon. My plan was to keep going, but it all didn’t turn out that way. Yesterday, I finally wrote about 300 words. Maybe the four-day break was good, because I had lost one important character in the shuffle, and he started complaining. Then I had a great idea yesterday to put him back in. He’s happy. I’m happy.

I saw that one writer had a final word count of over 170K. He must have written through the whole month without sleep or food; he probably didn’t even go outside. Amazing!

Oh, and my original NaNoWriMo t-shirt has shrunk so much that maybe twelve-year-old Sophie can wear it now. I might display it like a trophy beside the winner’s certificate. Or, I’ll put it away until next year together with the official NaNoWriMo shirts. They’ll be waiting there for me when I get ready for the next writing marathon.

Final Day of NaNoWriMo

Been writing all weekend ’til my fingers started to fray, and I’m finishing NaNoWriMo with 60,815 words. Woohoo!!! When I validated the word count on the official site, it came to 61,034 words though. Fine with me, too. Got my winner’s certificate, and the winner’s t-shirt is on order.

My novel Seed Keeper is more than halfway done. I got as far as Chapter 8 and know already that it won’t be as long as Sophie and the Magic Flower, but that’s okay. Now we’ll see if I can complete it by December 31st.

Happy Thanksgiving

A Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving to all

Thanks to everyone who has shown support for my journey of 50,000 words and beyond.

Today’s word count is 2,166.

Enjoy the day and eat lots of good food. I will. It’s snowing again and just the perfect day to enjoy a good book or movie, if I’m not too full and sleepy after dinner.

NaNoWriMo Day 23

Did an even 1,800 words today. Seven days left and a bit more than 1,000 words.

The deeper I get into the story, the more great ideas are bubbling up. Although I feel like I’m running out of steam (especially at 4:45 am when that alarm goes off), I’m also getting more immersed and entangled. There are moments when I think I’ll be happy when it’s over, but the momentum is great right now, and I know I’ll keep going.

NaNoWriMo Day 22

Today’s word count is 2,638.

It’s Sunday, and I woke up this morning feeling rested and relaxed. As a result of feeling good, I started day dreaming about the novel. While drinking my coffee, the story around the finale played in my mind like a movie, and I watched how it all ends. I kind of knew how I want wrap up the story, but seeing it was even better.

So instead of continuing with Chapter Six where I had left off yesterday, I jumped ahead to the third act and wrote down what I saw in my mind. I don’t know exactly what chapter it’s going to be in, but I know it’s in the last part of the third act. I find it easier now to stir the story toward the end since I saw it so vividly and wish I had more days like this.