2019 Writing Year in Review

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A lot of writing happened this past year, and a lot of good work toward my writing goals both generally and on specific projects.

I made a Get Your Words Out habit tracking pledge of 240 days for 2019, and missed it by 17.  Considering I’ve gone months without writing in previous years, I think that’s pretty fantastic.  I’ve made the same pledge for 2020, and have confidence I can push through and make it this time. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo: July 2019 Edition

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July is a Camp NaNoWriMo month, so I went in with the goal of writing at least 30 minutes a day.  I rounded up a little for a goal of 1,000 minutes of work across 31 days, which averages out to about 33 minutes per day.

My final count was 1,050 minutes, which is also the target average of 33 minutes per day.

All of those minutes were spent on the third book in the Swords and Shields series.  I’m pretty happy with book two, but have one more round of beta readers looking at it before I start contemplating the copy editing and cover design phase.  Book three needs a lot more TLC and a lot of redrafting before it will get to that point, but I made a lot of progress this month.  I have a better idea of the overarching plot, what’s important, and what’s not. Continue reading

Swords and Shields Book 2: Take 3

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So I’ve been working on the second book in the Swords and Shields series for a while now.  Most recently, I’m been doing a major rewrite (literally in most cases) of the entire book to tighten up the cast and plot.  I’m about two-thirds of the way through, and I’m much happier with the draft so far.  The last third is both the most exciting and the most work.  I’ve completely removed three characters from the book, and they played prominent roles in the last third, so I need to adjust a lot of scenes to work just as well, hopefully better, than the original versions. Continue reading

New Year, Same Goals

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In January, there’s always a lot of talk about New Year’s Resolutions.  The perennial weight loss goal being one that gets a lot of play in commercials and the media.  I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions, and don’t think I’ve made more than one or two in the past thirty years.

At the beginning of the year, I focus more on what I’m going to continue doing.  What goal that I’m already working on, am I going to focus on this month?  And it’s much more of a monthly check in than it is a New Year’s habit. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Day Seventeen

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It’s been a good week.  I crossed the 50k mark on November 13, which ties my record for fastest finish from 2012.  Though my record high word count was from 2010 and the site doesn’t have my graph, so I can’t be sure it’s a real record.  My jury duty got postponed and then canceled, so I didn’t lose valuable writing time to that.  And I’m staying at or above my goal of 3,766 words per day on average.

Stats so far:

Highest word count day was yesterday, November 16 with 7,538.

Average words per day is 3,889.

Total word count at the end of November 16 was 62,229.

And I’m looking forward to an amazing weekend full of writing.  We do a big all day writing event in my region on one of the middle Saturdays (usually the same weekend as the Night of Writing Dangerously HQ fundraising event).  It’s tomorrow this year and it’s going to be a blast.  We have write-ins planned all day, a spreadsheet to track competition over sprints and total word count, and great prizes for winners.  It’s going to be a long day full of fun, writing, and lots of great food.  I’ll be exhausted by the end, but it will have been totally worth it.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how’s your project going?  Are you keeping up with par and/or your personal goals?

NaNoWriMo Day Ten

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So we’re more than a week into this and I’m actually doing pretty well.  I haven’t quite been staying on track with my personal NaNoWriMo word count goal of 3,766 a day, but I always write more on weekends, so I expect to have caught up to that before the end of the day Sunday. I’ve been attending and hosting plenty of write-ins and my region’s on-line chat is almost always active, which is awesome.

In NaNoRDU, we have a tradition of posting tweets of the interesting things overheard at write-ins, either said by us or by random strangers.  I just wanted to share a couple fun ones we’ve had so far this year.  They can be pretty hilarious.

2017-11-10 NaNoRDU tweets

We get up to some fun shenanigans at write-ins, and I’ve been enjoying them so far this year.  Looking forward to tonight’s.

So here’s the rundown of my writing stats so far this year.

Most productive day was November 11 with 5,036 words.

Average words per day at the end of November 9 was 3,615.

Total words at end of day on November 9 was 32,543.

Looking good so far this year.

Keep those words coming, all your WriMos out there.