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Wednesday's Word Count

NaNoWriMo, day the eighteenth!

It's kind of funny. Yesterday felt like the longest day ever while it was happening, and now I'm wondering where it went! Here's my word count update...

Current word count:

Goal last week:


Words 'til finish: 34,730/2,894 words a day until Nov 30th.

Goal this week: 20k? Gulp.

Comments: I think I did pretty good. I wrote several, though not all, days this week and feel like I'm finally letting go. I've settled into the story and I'm finally loving the great reveal that happens with each paragraph, sentence, word. I think I need to write about 20k this week if I want to get back on track, and you know, I'm kind of up for the challenge. Let's see what I can do! Anyone else want to buckle down and try to catch up this week?

And on that note, how are you doing? What are your word counts up to? How is the week going? Do share!


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm on track, but I get nervous anyway just thinking about keeping up this pace. It's daunting. I'm over 29K currently, so if don't slip I'll make it.
I'm going to write a post when I finish about what it taught me. But one thing I know is working for me is to just write the scenes showing the character development and not to worry about the details. I can do research and insert that later, I realized. I think this will be important to me outside of NaNo. I tend to think I have to know all the details as I go, which slows me down or even stops me completely. So what is happening (I hope) is the emotional story is flowing and I will go back in later to flesh-out settings and check information accuracy.
I like your attitude, Casey. Loving the story is all that really matters. Go for it!

Kristi Faith said...

Tricia: Wow-are you in my world, or what? I'm learning the same thing you are!

Casey: As always, your posts do inspire me and help me along my path to this daunting task of writing novels...err good novels.

I'm on target, but my goal for this week is to try and get a couple of days ahead. This way I won't have to worry and stress that I've completely given up Thanksgiving tradition for my writing. :)

Renee Pinner said...

I am between 18 and 19K...pretty close to you. I'll buckle down if you do!

Casey Something said...

You're both doing awesome Tricia and Kristi. I have absolute faith you'll both make it! You're doing too good not to. Just hang in there and show us what you've got!

Let's do it, Renee! Let's buckle down and see what we can do.

: )

Keri Mikulski said...

Yay!! Great stuff!! :) Congrats. :)

I'm on track and resisting the holiday slump so far. :)


You are working a perfect job effort!

..me I gave up straight out of the gate, realizing it was all way over my status. I froze with every attempt.

I will start again, on my own slower time line, with a better game plan.

Carradee said...

24k. That's 4k words behind, per my schedule, and not including my 2k words for today. *gulp*

My brain seems to have taken working on NaNo as permission to have epiphanies in other projects, as well as the epiphany that I have a LOT of research to do on the NaNo story before I can write a decent draft of it.

It's not a matter of being able to insert detail and setting later. Whatever I find about the setting and such will shape the story, like it did that slaughtering of "Romeo and Juliet" that I wrote. Most of the story came from what I found out about 1200s Italy.

So what I've learned is: do my foundational research first, chica. Details like language translations and how to bake bread with a wood-burning stove can be easily worked in later. Things like on what grounds women could inherit property of their own—if they could inherit property, not so much, because much of the story assumes that women could and did.


If I hadn't told a friend about NaNoWriMo and gotten her involved, I might've given up already. As things stand, if she wins and I don't, I'll have too many people nagging me about it.

Goal for tonight:
1. Fold laundry and put it away.

2. Clean workspace.

3. Write 3k words in the NaNo project, not in the novel idea that's been stuck for years that is finally starting to piece together, nor in the novelette I want to complete by Christmas, nor in the novel I want to finish revising by the end of the year.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm pretty much on track, but terrified of hitting a wall. What is it about nano that makes me batty? :)

PJ Hoover said...

WTG on your awesome progress!

I've been revising and really making great progress with it!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

WTG! I'm way off and with Thanksgiving and company coming I'm very doubtful I will not make it. :(

kathrynjankowski said...

"I'm loving the great reveal that happens with each paragraph, sentence, word."


I've finished two more chapter revisions. Five left. Feeling great.

Keep up the good work, Casey.

Christina Farley said...

Yeah! You go girl! I hit it hard today trying to keep up with my 1,000 words a day in November. So I'm at 18,000. Only 1,000 words behind now!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Last week was full of roadblocks, so I'm playing catch-up this week. As of last night, I'm up to 24825 for the month, when I should be at 30K. Time to buckle down, keep my nose to the grindstone, etc.

:shakes pompoms: "You can do it. You can do it. You can. You can." (Okay, so I was never a cheerleader, but you get the point.) ;o)

Sherrie Petersen said...

I'm at 17190 but I never planned to go all the way to 50k. I just want to finish this book. It's a MG so I'm aiming for about 30k. We'll see...

Heather Kelly said...

I'm at 33,000. I wanted to be at 50,000 by this weekend, since I want to finish this novel in the month, and I think it'll take some extra words. But, I'm not sure. This week I've really slacked off, and I think it's because I realize that the last couple of days I flew through some passages that I want to add some finesse and detail to. We'll see what prevails--my urge to do rolling revisions, or my urge to get to the end.

Casey--you'r doing great, it sounds like you are hitting your stride. Keep up the momentum and you should be great. (And check out the ubber-cool Neil Gaiman quote on my blog--I don't normally plug my blog in comments, but it's inspirational and applies to NaNo.)


Unknown said...

I'm at 28,641 and I'm hoping to pick up the slack today. I tried to do it last night but couldn't keep my eyes open. The 50,000 is definetly in my grasp if I can keep pace to the end. I'm super excited because this will be the first year out of the last three that I actually have completion in my grasp, so I'm determined to do it.

cleemckenzie said...

Always admire you NaNo peeps. Good luck on that word count and that story.

Lisa Nowak said...

I'm glad to hear you're making progress, Casey. The important thing is that you're getting into the story and feeling inspired. Good luck with your goals!