#NaNoWriMo 2013 Final Results

Well, I know I posted my “I did it!” post at the end of last month…but for my records (& frankly so I can throw away the little Post-it note that kept my running total word count that bothers my husband since it’s still by the computer), I’m posting my NaNoWriMo 2013 progress here:

Fri, 11/1 – 3,443
Mon, 11/4 – 7,359 (+3,916)
Tues, 11/5 – 10,228 (+2,929)
Wed, 11/6 – 14,006 (+3,718)
Thurs, 11/7 – 17,779 (+3,773)
Fri, 11/8 – 18,873 (+1,094)
Sat, 11/9 – 20,572 (+1,699)
Mon, 11/11 – 25,038 (+4,466)
Tues, 11/12 – 26,814 (+1,776)
Wed, 11/13 – 30,506 (+3,692)
Fri, 11/15 – 34,091 (+3,585)
Sat, 11/16 – 35,562 (+1,471)
Mon, 11/18 – 40,105 (+4,543)
Tues, 11/19 – 42,529 (+2,424)
Wed, 11/20 – 43,672 (+1,143)
Mon, 11/25 – 46,838 (+3,166)
Tues, 11/26 – 50,497 (+3,659)

I have a difficult time taking credit for what I can do. Frankly, I was supremely happy and generally amazed that I could write so many words each day. I felt blessed by progress on days I applied myself to writing, and I had more than enough “days off” to balance kiddos and homework and appointments and date night and church (& all the other stuff I do in my non-spare time…)! I feel blessed to have been able to accomplish this goal, and I am eternally grateful for each of you for supporting me! I couldn’t have done this without you!!!

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Sending you all the best!!!!

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Here is my word count by day.

Fri, 11/1 – 3,443
Mon, 11/4 – 7,359 (+3,916)
Tues, 11/5 – 10,228 (+2,929)
Wed, 11/6 – 14,006 (+3,718)
Thurs, 11/7 – 17,779 (+3,773)
Fri, 11/8 – 18,873 (+1,094)
Sat, 11/9 – 20,572 (+1,699)
Mon, 11/11 – 25,038 (+4,466)
Tues, 11/12 – 26,814 (+1,776)
Wed, 11/13 – 30,506 (+3,692)

I’m amazed that I have been blessed to write so much in one day…& I’m still taking breaks and doing some minimal research while I write. I’m trying to find a pattern or two in all this madness. Do you notice any?

Today is the half-way point in NaNoWriMo (I skipped writing yesterday), but I have yet to work much on it today. I’ll post today’s word count another time.


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FEELING GRATEFUL!!!!!

Thank YOU for all the support you have given through comments, FB posts and likes, tweeting, etc. Feeling loved, as well!!!!

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Catching up…

So, I’ve been a bit of a hermit lately in the blogosphere. Sorry! I have been working to edit my novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2012…it’s the deal I made with myself that I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo 2013 if I didn’t have my 2012 project in the next phase of pre-publishing–at least somewhat. I’m happy to say that it is getting close, and I am trying to figure out what friends love me enough to tell me the truth about if what I wrote last year is worth anything–yes, I want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about it–honestly–so I can re-work what is necessary to get it into a publishable state. 🙂

I’m grateful for the time of reflection during the editing process…and I’m grateful for the patience of the manuscript. It quietly waits for me through screaming children, dinner prep, and even my own thoughts wandering, pondering, and praying through some recent sad experiences of loved ones.

I have cried with my character’s losses again, as I did while writing it (which has been healing to my soul as I’ve allowed myself to shed tears for what is going on in my present life as well). And, I wonder if the power of the story will speak to others as it does to me. I am hopeful.

So, please pardon my absence. I am juggling life right now, continuing to celebrate gratitude, eating lots and lots of Skittles, and editing…so I can do it all over again!

And, mostly, I am happy! 🙂

Prayers that you are, too…and sending love and light your way…!

Writing a Scholarship Essay
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Hey All You Writers Out There!

One of the bookstores I “like” on Facebook shared a contest from Black Balloon Publishing, and I thought I would pass along a link with some info.  🙂

http://blackballoonpublishing.com/contest.html

Sounds like a fun contest!  The NaNoWriMo novel I wrote doesn’t fit into their genres, but I might be able to enter one that is.

Good luck, my dear friends!  Happy writing!

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Relief and Writing

As many of you may well know, I completed my goal to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days for NaNoWriMo last November.  And, up until this week, I had edited about 20 pages of my (so far) 198 page manuscript.  I have been devoting more time to working on it as of late…and I am continually reminded of what I learned last November 30.

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO END A NOVEL.

Thank goodness I have plenty of editing to do before I get to revisit that ending endeavor I performed toward the end of last year.  As NaNoWriMo is a purely creative effort, I have found that minor characters have different names throughout the text as I reread it, and I’ve found some continuity issues with which I am dealing…and some character development…and so on…and so forth.  🙂  But, as I work on it, I am reminded of the energy I feel when I am writing as well as the happiness I feel when I am typing away at my screen, figuratively painting words onto a page…sillouhettes of lives and stories.

Also, I would like to say HUZZAH as I think I have made it through the enormous stress bubbles which have been clouding my vision and invading my ability to see clearly (and I am BEYOND THANKFUL).  I want to give each of you a shout-out for all your support and help through these past couple months (which have been anything but easy for me).  After some events and visitors this past weekend, I came home from errands Monday morning, cuddled with my preschooler on the couch, and we slept for a glorious two hours.  Upon waking, my head was clear, my vision was focused, and my energy was tangible.  As I have continued through this week, I am still feeling happy (mostly) and satisfied.  My perspective has enlarged, and I am moving forward (after a quite stagnant several weeks).  I am feeling relief!  And I am writing!  And…guess what?  I am oh-so-happy!!!!

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NaNoWriMo

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? Well, it is upon us!!! November 1st through 30th…! Will you be participating?

I’ve always been enamoured of the concept…a book in a month…but I try not to force too much creativity…I’m more of a free-spirit/let-the-creative-flow-happen-for-itself kinda gal. I still have a few hours left to decide if I’m in or not. 🙂

But I’m afraid my kiddos and house and marriage might all suffer from the neglect. Maybe next year, when the preschooler isn’t a preschooler anymore….

What do you think? Should I throw caution to the wind (along with fear of not accomplishing, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of laundry piles higher than my twelve-foot ceilings…among other things)?