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Monday, November 26, 2012

NaNoWriMo - T-minus 5 Days, 30k Words, and Counting...

So, 5 days left in NaNoWriMo, and my chart looks like this:

I like how the scale goes to an optimistic 60,000 words.

Prudence: Well, that's not looking good. Lot of white space on that graph.

Me: Hey, I sent Free Souls off to the copyeditor! At least I accomplished that on time. Where's Fear anyway? I want to gloat.

Prudence: You locked him in the basement with your Internal Editor, remember?

Subconscious: Hot boys! In the basement!

Me: Fear is so not a hot boy. Although I'm pretty sure he is a boy, now that you bring it up...

Fear: *mrrruphflufffa*

Prudence: So about this NaNo thing...

Ambition: We can totally do this! We still have five days!

Me: And with Free Souls done, I can concentrate on steampunkery fun for the whole week!

Inner Spock: My calculations show that's nearly 6,000 words per day for the next five days.

Ambition: We've done 10k in a single day before!

Prudence: And lapsed into a word coma afterwards...

Me: Yeah, but I've finally found my voice with this story, and we're just getting to the good parts: kissing, political intrigue, double and triple betrayals, and steampunk dirigibles.

Subconscious: Steampunk! Dirigibles!

Me: Besides, I'd really like to get a full draft of this story done before I let it sit for a while to concentrate on other things.

Prudence: Aren't you forgetting you need to do a Mindjack trailer reveal? Oh, and maybe launch that Free Souls book you finished? And there's Christmas... your children would probably like some presents this year.

Me: Have they been good?

Prudence: That's not the point.

Me: Seems like that should be the point. Wasn't there a song about that...?

Prudence: *taps foot, folds arms* You'll have to have maniacal focus to get this done.

Me: I'm a steely-eyed writing machine, when I need to be.

Ambition: *high fives Me*

Prudence: Where is Fear when I need him?

Me: He's probably making out with the Internal Editor in the basement. Best not to disturb them...

Prudence: *rolls eyes*

Ambition: Let's get started!

So... I may be sequestered in the writing cave this week. Or I may be back with Mindjack Trailer news. Or possibly Fear will break out of the basement and strangle me for even trying to finish this book. 

Stay tuned...



16 comments:

  1. It's a nice feeling get some of the publishing aspects taken care of to focus on writing! Have fun!

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  2. This is why I don't NaNo. I'm lucky to finish 100,000 word in a year, so half that in a month isn't too likely. Not with this day job.

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  3. I was doing well until the Thanksgiving break, now I'm behind. I'm at 38k, which is pretty great in my eyes. But I "wasted" time yesterday going back to previous chapters to add more detail and change some things that affect the end of the book. I know that's a Nano violation but I consider it a win that I've made it to 38k with a fairly cohesive story. I don't want to rush into the ending and have it be a mess.

    So, if you have 15k of usable material, good for you! Even if you don't finish by the deadline, you still have something to work from, and that's success in my book :)

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  4. For me finishing is a big deal just because I said I would. I am thrilled Free Souls is on its way.

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  5. See, I always enjoy your internal dialogue--hot guys in the basement... :D *snort* And 6K/day for a week is peanuts for a seasoned pro like you! I've got faith. You can do it!!! :D (good luck~)

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  6. Is Blind Optimism back from vacation yet?

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    1. Ha! Blind Optimism is the love child of Me and Ambition. We keep her sequestered until we need to do something really brave, like push the "publish" button.

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  7. I'm shocked Despair didn't show up yet. She must be stuck in residual holiday traffic, in a location where she has no cell coverage.

    And yes, I'm quite sure Despair is a girl.

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    1. Yes, I'm sure Despair is a girl! LOL She's Fear's cousin, so she's probably out with a search party and pitchforks, looking for him.

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  8. Like you said, 'Free Souls' is out to editing. That's accomplishment enough!

    PS -- love InnerSpock's calculations. *Fascinating*

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  9. Ack! I'm afraid that mine is looking a little "whiteish" as well. I was off to a big bang, but the last few days I've been swamped with correcting student exams. I hope these next few days get back to the flow, as I'm getting caught up with all of those papers.

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  10. You can do it!!! When i saw this pin, I was reminded of the hot boys in the basement :)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/284500901431868496/

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  11. LOL! You can do it!! Shutting that damn internal editor is very hard. I wouldn't have finished if I hadn't shut it up. Even so, there's some double story telling because at some points IE just wouldn't shut up unless I fixed something. Now, I need to find a fencing expert, atomic bomb expert, look up some legends and mythical beings, read the stories about King Arthur and Merlin again, and travel to Virginia. I can see why it takes so long to write a novel! Good Luck! I know you can do it!!!

    Heaether

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    1. Thanks! And I have three fencers and a couple degrees in blowing stuff up, so let me know if you need help with those. :)

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