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Friday, 25 November 2011

Failing NaNoWriMo But Thats Ok!

It is now heading towards the end of week four of the life consuming NaNoWriMo.
Today is day 25 and I should be (cough, cough) at 41, 675 words. Should be but I am sorry to say my word count does not even look close. I have been trying, really. If I keep working at it I will even finish this year!
Week one I had lots of enthusiasm and ideas and the writing flowed easily. Week Two worries about my three year old sons health made it hard for me to concentrate and to stay committed to my writing. I had to put my son first.
From week three I swapped quality for quantity and tried to write furiously to catch up.  Previously I was pleased with what I was writing and how the story was progressing but from this point my story was turning into something that even I would not want to read. I know that the point of NaNoWriMo is to put quantity before the quality of your writing. And that if your story is stalling you are advised to throw anything such as aliens or murder into the mix just to up the word count. But I find that by writing silly pointless twists and turns makes be feel like a totally rubbish writer. As I said before it then ends up like a story even I dislike. What is the point? I have started to feel like I am killing a story I was proud of.
Plus I don`t know if it is because I am of a much lower intelligence than those people who reach 50,000 words during week 2 but I just can not write fast. I am not a fast thinker or writer, sorry. But does that make me a failure as a writer? Does that mean I will never succeed? I don`t think so. I am just happier working at my own pace. 
NaNoWriMo works for some people and not for others.
Anyone else who has had their confidence knocked by NaNoWriMo please read this

Are You A NaNoWriMo Failure ?

Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Rollercoaster Ride That Is NaNoWriMo Week 2


Now we are all at the end of the second week of our mad writing dash. The finishing line is so close yet so far *sigh*.
This week the " not good enough" doubts crept in and I started to lose my motivation. Last week I had lots of ideas and was loving every minute of it. But this week the trying to juggle my busy week around writing took some of the fun out of it. I have had a couple of nights where I really meant to write but ended up falling asleep instead.
My 3yr old son has not been sleeping well this week and has also been wanting to get up at 5.30am every day which is not nice. Also this week he was diagnosed with asthma ( refer to previous post). 
Wednesday I had a very naughty day. I sat on my backside all day and read Sherrilyn Kenyon's new book The Guardian.
OMG !!! If you are a fan of this type of fiction you have to read it!!! It is one of her best and amazing. She creates so much emotion and empathy in her book that you are gripped. I really, really loved it.  I have a soft spot for hero`s who are emotionally broken and beat down at the start but gains enough inner strength and courage by the end to be there for his true love.
I am glad I spent the time to read this book because it has reminded me of the type of writer I want to be. Sherrilyn Kenyon inspires me.

The Guardian By Sherriyln Kenyon

If you are a Kenyon fan and you enjoyed Wren`s story in Unleash The Night ( my favourite, well joint favourite now) you will really love this one. 

Unleash The Night By Sherrilyn Kenyon 

 Go on treat yourself  :)

Yesterday I managed to do about 80% of my Christmas shopping. Nothing like a bit of retail therapy to make you feel better.

Today I am feeling refreshed and recharged and am ready to take on week 3.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Your NaNoWriMo Daily Word Count Target

If you were writing the minimum daily number of words every day in order to pass the finishing line on 30th November this is what your word count score should be looking like

DAY 1 : 1,667 WORDS

DAY 2 : 3,334 WORDS

DAY 3 : 5,001 WORDS

DAY 4 : 6,668 WORDS

DAY 5 : 8,335 WORDS

DAY 6 : 10,002 WORDS

DAY 7 : 11,669 WORDS

DAY 8 : 13,336 WORDS

DAY 9 : 15,003 WORDS

DAY 10 : 16,670 WORDS

DAY 11 : 18,337 WORDS

DAY 12 : 20,004 WORDS

DAY 13 : 21,671 WORDS

DAY 14 : 23,338 WORDS

DAY 15 : 25,005 WORDS

DAY 16 : 26,672 WORDS

DAY 17 : 28,339 WORDS

DAY 18 : 30,006 WORDS

DAY 19 : 31,673 WORDS

DAY 20 : 33,340 WORDS

DAY 21 : 35,007 WORDS

DAY 22 : 36,674 WORDS

DAY 23 : 38,341 WORDS

DAY 24 : 40,008 WORDS

DAY 25 : 41,675 WORDS

DAY 26 : 43,342 WORDS

DAY 27 : 45,009 WORDS

DAY 28 : 46,676 WORDS

DAY 29 : 48,343 WORDS

****DAY  30**** : 50,000 WORDS 

Friday, 4 November 2011

NaNoWriMo Week 1

 It is nearly the end of week one of the writing madness and my word count is on target, yay!!! I know its is early days so it is not really anything to shout about but this time last year I was already falling behind so I am happy. Last year I fell so behind on my word count that I could not catch up. I think I reached the end of the month at about 38,000 words. I really want to break through that mad writing finishing line this year.
Here is an interesting post about other fellow NaNo writers experiences

Writers discuss their speedwritten novels as NaNoWriMo begins

This week has also been a busy week for me because of another reason. My little girl had her 5th birthday on tuesday. Wow,  has it really been five years since my screaming, funny looking baby came into the world?
Last weekend we had a fancy dress halloween party for her at a village hall. Twentyfour kids plus parents , and family ! But it turned out to be alot of fun.

Tuesday, on  her birthday, we had more family at our house after school for a special dinner.
She had a great time and got so many presents. I now don`t know what to get her for christmas.
And this coming weekend is yet another busy weekend. We are going to a Guy Faulks fireworks display Saturday night and then taking my children to the theatre Sunday to see Roary the Racing Car . But I will at some point find time to keep writing. I will not fall behind! :)

To all UK followers, I hope you have a fun and safe Guy Faulks Night tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!