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NaNoWriMo’s nearly over! Can I complete the challenge?

Another day has ended, a day of little writing for me. I simply was stuck … no words sprawled themselves over my paper (remember, I write longhand) until late in the evening. Not a good sign.

Here is it November 25 already and I have not made it to the halfway point yet in my NaNo Novel writing for this year. My word count stands at 43%. This does not look good for me.

Let’s see now … comparing my totals at this stage of the NaNoWriMo challenge, by the end of DAY 24:

  • in 2010 I had written 32,179 words
  • in 2011 I had written 8,722 words
  • in 2012 I have written 21,651 words

Looking at it this way, I could make it! If I take the next six days and write like crazy, that is. Six days to go to midnight of November 30.

(And I am grateful!)

My goal is to find the end of this novel by then, too, so my questions to you are:

Do you think I can write 50,000 words by the deadline?

If you think I can, do you think I will?

And, do you think I will finish writing my novel in this challenge?

Let me know your opinion about this. Send me a little encouragement if you want, I can use it!  🙂

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂





Nolfi book giveaway reminder & NaNoWriMo updates

Hi everyone!  Just a quick post today —

Because I’m posting between my interview (<– click here to read it) with author Christine Nolfi and her book giveaway here on November 10, I’m tempting you with a reminder of what her book looks like. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.


I want to update you on my NaNoWriMo progress. On the right of this page you can see the percentage graph showing my total words written. To see the whole list of daily reports please check out my updates page here.

What you will find is that I got off to a rough start, but not as slow as last year’s. Even so, I am far behind what the suggested total of words is for day 7. They suggest 11,669 words by midnight tonight and at this moment in time (4:15 PM AST) I have the big total of 2330! Okay, so it’s not a big total, but it’s something. I have a LOT of writing to do. I’m trying to steal time out of my days for it.

What I found is that when I started with NOTHING for NaNo 2010, once I began writing it was easier to let the story happen than it was to later pick up where I’d left off and keep writing and adding to it. In 2011 I had such a slow start because it was hard to get back into the story. This month I read it all again right before beginning to add to it, and saw my struggle at the end of November last year. It was a mess. It lacks flow and uniformity. It is choppy, and obviously I was grasping for vision.

Now I am again adding to my novel, ignoring the confusion and hoping for a completion during this NaNo. I don’t know if it will take another 50,000 words, but it’s okay if it doesn’t. I have a feeling I will be writing the whole month anyway. And I don’t even want to think about revisions once I find the end of my first fiction novel. That is going to be even more of a challenge to plow through.

I hope you will join me by following my progress in this writing challenge. I won’t be posting updates  this way daily, but I will be keeping track on my NaNoWriMo updates (2012) page. I invite you to please follow along. If you want to leave me a comment, please do – here or on my updates page.

Do you enter writing challenges or contests?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

NaNoWriMo – am I crazy to try it again?

It’s National Novel Writing Month again!  And the question is:

Am I crazy to try it again?

Let’s see …

reading reading reading, reviews,  interviews, Caregiving, two homes to keep up, other family concerns, blog posts, emails, more writing …

sounds like a year ago this time! Only it’s more stressful as time goes on.

NaNoWriMo should either keep me going forward or push me over the edge of sound mind. 

I do have this novel I want to finish. I started it in NaNo 2010, at 50265 words I put it away for a year; in 2011 I picked up where I left off, at 32150 words I put it away for another year. (You can see that info on my NaNo pages update here and here.) It would be exciting to write my way to a great ending this time. The characters haven’t revealed to me how that ending will transpire, but it was all starting to come together to the resolving of a few critical issues leading to it.

All year the story and characters have been playing on my mind – not enough to write more but enough to keep it alive in my memory. I think it is a story waiting to be told.

So, what do YOU think? Am I crazy to try it again?  (I’m nodding YES!)

Should I do it anyway?  (I’m nodding YES!)

Will I do it?  (I’m nodding YES!)

Will you join me? OR will you support me? I am going to keep track here on my blog again, the same as I did the previous two times. Hopefully, I will have something good to report each day. I have installed two fun NaNoWriMo widgets on the right side of this page so you can watch my progress (of lack of) through this month.

Wish me well?

(Now I’m excited! even with 0 words for day one. 🙂 )

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂



I’m a NaNo Rebel

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m a NaNo Rebel.

Last year, November 2010, I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and met the goal of 50,000 words, going over by about 265 or so.  I started with nothing and got the main part of a novel written .. if it can be edited to be suitable as one, that is. I even kept track here on my blog by making daily reports.  This year, although my available time has changed considerably, I decided to try again – but as a Rebel.

What’s a NaNo Rebel, you ask? Someone who is participating in NaNoWriMo and bending the rules a bit. (There is actually a category for rebels, so it’s not considered cheating.) Instead of starting from scratch I am picking up where I stopped last year with the purpose of finishing the story I left unfinished. I ‘won’ last year by writing over 50000 words, but the story itself has not been completed. I would like to finish it during this year’s challenge, otherwise I may never get back to it.

You also may wonder how I am doing this time. Not well, I’m sorry to say. I got off to a slow start, not writing anything until day 7, and then I wrote less than 500 words. That is not good at all, seeing as by that time I should have had over 11000 words down. The ideal is to write 1667 words a day, so for day 22 (today) I should have over 36600 words written, but .. you guessed it! I’m nowhere near that number. I have over 5000 words written but much less than where it should be at this late date in the 30 days allotted.  I’m in big trouble if I want to ‘win’ NaNoWriMo this time. Or should I see it as a HUGE challenge and try to get ‘er done anyway?

I also am again participating in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) and have several more than the 22 ideas needed by this date. I’m not worried there, but I believe that I have fewer really good ideas this year. A scarce few of those may make good picture books, but I’m sort of pulling them from the bottom of the barrel, it seems.

I’m wondering if the way I have to divide my life now is what’s making the difference. My muse is not sure when to come out to play anymore. 🙂

Oh, well, I will keep plugging away at it.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Do you try any other writing challenges?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂