Word count: 45012 (+2128 from day 17). (However, see below for a problem with this!)
Uneventful evening. Made the 45k milestone. There’s pretty much no way I will conclude the story by 50,000. Wrote a lot of dialog / exposition today. Now that they have the necessary information, my protagonists will soon set out on their quest to save the world™.
I did note that I work better when I have a certain minimum intake of sugars. Which is really not cool, but it is something I should keep in min for the future.
In more general NaNoWriMo news (ha, I thought I’d never include that again!), they brought their word count tool online for testing. Interestingly enough, it counts only 43678 words when I paste my work into it – 1334 words less than what OpenOffice counts. I am not too concerned over this (although it is good to know now rather than on the 30th…).
It was reported to be a bug with OpenOffice. I verified it, and indeed found the issue already filed at OpenOffice.org. That’s quite annoying, but since I used the “broken” word count, I’ll probably continue to do so as there is no way I can correct the counts of the previous days. Since NaNoWriMo verifies to the correct count anyway, I’ll just have to make sure to have a good many words more than I need. Considering how much I still need to write that should hardly be a problem.
If any of you do use OpenOffice you should definitely check if this problem affects you.
Today’s writing session was much smoother again. The word count is still fairly low – I only wrote 2338 words – but at least I did not sit in front of the OpenOffice file torturing my brain for hours. Incidentally, my average is 2522.6 words per day.
My protagonists are out of harm’s way for now. They are about to receive a lot of information on what really happened; that will be tomorrow’s contribution to the novel, and will probably be one of the easiest sections to write.
I am getting very close to 50,000 now. I can almost smell victory…
No real insights or “in other news” today. Sorry 🙂
I did not feel productive during the day at all, and spent way too much time procrastinating. It became much easier to write after I took a walk (in the rain, no less) in the evening, but I became very drowsy while I was writing. I vaguely remember going to bed…
I finished the scene I was working on this morning and reached a convenient break point. In total, it was only 1783. However, I did reach the 40,000 words milestone, and will definitely reward myself for that today.
Plot-wise, things are progressing in a fairly straight forward manner. I think I will have to change one aspect of what I wrote, however. We will see. My two main protagonists should find the main objective today or tomorrow (day 17 or 18, that is) and then it’s resolution time. As there are still several things I need to work out before “The End” I am absolutely sure 50,000 words will not suffice. As a rough guess, I will say 65,000. It will be interesting to see how accurate this prediction is.
And so we reach the half-way point of NaNoWriMo. I made it to 38763 words today (yesterday, technically, as I am posting this on Sunday morning). Progress was slower than I had hoped. I am really feeling the chore of writing now. Words flow less easily. I have to pay more attention to steering towards the conclusion, and this limits my freedom. Instead of “this would be a fun obstacle to write about”, I find myself compelled to make sure than anything I add will get my protagonists closer to their goal. It does not mean they are having a free ride, of course. In fact when I left them today, they were in a life-threatening situation.
As you can see, I slowed down a lot the past two days. This is a direct result from the lessened enthusiasm and fun. I still made the minimum quota on both days, and with over two weeks remaining I am still confident that I will make the 50k goal.
These past two days have re-affirmed my respect for writers. I was never part of the crowd who thinks writer have an easy life, but to actually be forced to write something on schedule, whether you like to or not, is a new experience for me.
Now I will take a break and reward myself with breakfast, before I tackle today’s writing session. I ended on a cliffhanger, so hopefully I will have more fun writing the narrow escape than I did getting my characters into the situation in the first place.
My buddy Pedro made level 58 on World of Warcraft today, and so I ended up playing in the Outlands with him for quite a while. Yes, it was a lot of fun, but it also ate away too much time from writing.
Not that I really felt like writing today. I was tired and felt terribly ill, with headaches and the works.
As a consequence, I almost did not write, but I managed to do it. I only made the minimum word count, but that would be OK even if I was not way ahead of schedule. It does mess up my nice graph a little, but it would be silly to get upset about that.
I again went back to an earlier point and added some things in that I needed. It further shows that a decent outline would have saved me a lot of trouble, and did I mention that the whole thing will need an urgent rewrite / editing process – in December?
I am off to bed now, and hope that tomorrow will be more productive again.
My two main protagonists are now on their way to finally tackling the main objective of the novel. And I do not mean that in a meta novel plot type sense; they are actually on their way to the location. The group of shelter survivors shattered today, as the character I do not like basically took control of it. What can I say, he is a jerk and an egomaniac.
I really did not want to write today. I had to force myself to do it. It was very awkward at first. Then I went back and expanded a scene much earlier by a short bit, and this laid the groundwork for a conflict I wanted to include today. After I had done that, those 3250 words came fairly quickly. Listening to good music helped too: I have several hours of DJ Risc’s now defunct Eve Radio show recorded. It’s really good music to listen to while working, in my opinion – not too aggressive, but energetic enough to keep you going, if that is the right term.
With 35000 (thirty five thousand!) words written in less than two weeks, I am starting to feel a little proud of myself. Sure, this ain’t gonna be a best-seller, and had I not promised at least one person that he could read it, I’d probably hide it forever. But it’s going to get done, and it’s going to get done in November, unless an Act of God prevents it.
Woke up at 4am today, after I had gone to bed early, and so I did what any responsible NaNoWriMo participant would do… I began to write. Or so I tried. I failed miserably. I was stuck! I did not know how to proceed. I spent some time planning the future progress of the novel, and tortured my poor head all day. I finally began to actually write in the evening, and once I had gotten past 500 words, the rest of today’s output followed quite easily.
I am at a fairly convenient breaking point, so I decided to stop for today. I have a few more things I want to settle, before I approach the “grand finale”, so to speak. That is, where the protagonists tackle the main objective of the novel. I know I will hate the novel as I write it, and I know I will put a lot of garbage in it, but that’s okay. It will get done, it will have the two magic words on the last line: “The End.”
And then, in December, I will read it again, try hard not to throw up, and fix it.
In more general news, I think I have an idea for a fun project to follow NaNoWriMo up with. I’ll have to mull it over a little more, but I’ll post about it in due time.
I added that other scene I was talking about yesterday. It probably needs some work… but that’s for later. It added 1300 words to the story. I then continued to write the novel. My protagonists are now getting confronted with the main object of the novel. Naturally, there are more obstacles in their way, but from this point on things should develop towards a resolution instead of getting more confusing.
I was tempted, for a little while, to attempt to reach 30,000 today, but in the end I was too tired to do so. As I said before, I shouldn’t force myself just to try and get a higher word count and then risk burn-out.
I am now past the point where I even worry about criticizing myself anymore. I have accepted, no, even embraced the idea that it’s OK to write crap, that is is more important to progress and “get it done”, because you can always rewrite and edit later. (It’s just important not to forget that, yes, rewrites and edits must be done as well. It’s a matter of prioritizing and scheduling.)
No “in general news” today, because I found nothing NaNoWriMo related worth sharing. I did however discover that it’s trivial to export graphs from OpenOffice, so here’s my word count as a graph:
I made the 25k milestone. I am half-way to “winning” NaNoWriMo 2008, with twenty days to go.
Writing was hard again today. Not so much because the words wouldn’t flow, but because I think I need “something else”. That is, I think the part I am writing on now should be preceded by another scene. Now, that is not a catastrophe, really. Inserting something can only be good, as it means more words, deleting is what’s not allowed. However, it makes me spend a lot of time thinking about it. I know roughly what is needed, I just need to mull it over a little.
I also created another CD cover for a band I mention in the novel. There’s no real point to doing that, but remember that I am, at heart, a world-builder, and building up a wealth of detail for my world is something I enjoy doing.
The daily word counts do not match mine because NaNoWriMo seems to cut over to the next day at midnight Pacific time, while I cut over at the end of my day, that is, when I post my daily NaNoWriMo update.