Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nanowrimo Day 1

The day dawned early here on the first day of National Novel Writing Month.  I was up at 4am and, with coffee in my hands, I started the first day of overhauling my novel - The Loracian Stone.

Last year, I wrote 51,675 words for the win.  This year, my goal is to hopefully bring it to 100,000 words and clean it up a helluva lot as I go  Technically, I'm a big ol' NaNo cheater by continuing on with the novel I wrote last year, instead of starting a fresh and new one.  I don't care.  I don't intend to "win" and take advantage of the winner goodies this year - I just want to use the structure of NaNo to get me writing again.

So, how did day one go?  Not too bad.   I am going to need to reign in my morning routine a bit.  I need to be in the shower by 5am so that hour is important for getting in writing time.  I found that by the time I stumbled from the bed and found my way to the coffeemaker, it was 4:05 and then I sat down to write but I hadn't really gotten the file configured so that took me a few minutes to get going.  By the time I got into the writing, it was 4:30 and I was just hitting my stride by 5.   I copied the rest of the chapter into Yarny so I could work on it from the office on my lunch break.

At lunch, I put on the headphones and got to work - plowing through the rest of the chapter in that hour (less eating time, of course).

Word count for the day?  818.  Half of what I actually need to meet the daily goal, but not bad for adding to the shortest chapter in the book that I had already edited during my lame attempt at NaNoEdMo in March.   Chapter two scares me...but that is where I am headed tomorrow...it needs major work and I will definitely see some pretty big leaps to the ol' word count there...

Manuscript word count as of tonight: 52, 493

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