Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo - Day 3

Today's word count: 895
Current manuscript total: 54,529

It was a pretty good day of writing today.  I had a slow start - too many days at 4am really starts to wear on me - but I did it regardless.  Forgot to eat breakfast again, though, so was starving by the time I got to work.

Today, I brought my own laptop in, instead of copying the chapter into Yarny.  While the online program works great - I am finding I need to get away from my desk to write.  Too many people ignore the headphones and try to engage me in conversation when I need to focus on the story and getting my words in.  Since I needed to buy lunch, I hauled my laptop down to the cafe in my building and set up shop there.  Much more productive.

I am finding it a challenge to get the time in.  I really only get a half hour in the morning to write and I end up being forced to wrap it up just as I am getting into it.   Lunch works ok, but somedays there are other things I need to get done.

So, I didn't get in 2000 words today, like I'd hoped, but came in just shy of 900 words added to Chapter three.  I will try to make up extra words on the weekends when there is more time to write.

For all you fellow Wrimos, I thought I would share a couple of resources I found to help me on my way :)

1) A word count chart. 
Chris Baty lists one in his NaNo guide "No Plot, No Problem" (an excellent read, btw, with great inspiration to keep you going).  I gave away my copy this summer but still needed the chart so I needed to re-create the chart for my own purposes.  Thought I'd share in case it can help some of you as well:


Day
Word Count Total
1
1667
2
3334
3
5001
4
6668
5
8335
6
10,002
7
11,669
8
13,336
9
15,003
10
16,670
11
18,337
12
20,004
13
21,271
14
23,338
15
25,005
16
26,672
17
28,339
18
30,006
19
31,673
20
33,340
21
35,007
22
36,674
23
38,341
24
40,008
25
41,675
26
43,342
27
45,009
28
46,676
29
48,343
30
50,000


2) Name generators
I had most of the names done in my book, but was lacking on a name for the "world" I write about.  Especially since I changed veins with that halfway through last year.   Today, I was faced with needing that name before I could go any further and stumbled upon the first little generator which is awesome for inspiration.  I didn't really care for the names it presented me, but it gave me a jumping off point to the name I ended up choosing.  There are several different name generators in there so, if you're stuck, give it a whirl.  There are several other online resources so I've listed a couple of others, as well.


http://nine.frenchboys.net/
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php
http://online-generator.com/name-generator/fantasy-name-generator.php



Happy NaNo-ing!

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