Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WiP Wednesday: NaNo Update


First of all I want to thank my math teacher, Mr. Martin, for teaching me to type in tenth grade.

Because, you know, if I weren't such a freakishly fast typer, I probably wouldn't be able to announce:

I'M A NANO WINNER!

Which sounds really cool and is really cool, but actually only means I managed to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

As of today, the last day in November, I've written 56,518 words and am probably three or four chapters away from the end of the book. (Can you tell I'm not a plotter?)

Which is great!

But it's possibly even greater that I met a personal goal, too. I wrote every single day this month.

Even if I couldn't  pull off the full 1,667-word goal, I sat down and wrote SOMETHING. And usually that SOMETHING turned into more than I expected.

My other personal goal is to actually finish the novel this month, which would mean finishing it TODAY. Whether I'll reach that goal remains to be seen, but I'm feeling good. Time to stretch these fingers and get back to work.

Here's where I'm going to go out on a limb and say I think this is one of the best first drafts I've ever written. Not to toot my own horn or try to make you think I'm incredibly awesome or anything. It should be this way, right? With persistence and hard work, people improve at what they love. Forward momentum and all that. But I guess we'll see if my critique partners are as tickled with this baby as I am. LOTS remains to be seen. And of course, there's still lots of editing in my future.


How has your month of November been? Even if you didn't attempt NaNo, are you proud of something you accomplished this month? 

*By the way, tomorrow is Vicki Rocho's Well I Never blogfest! 
Which means I'll be posting two days in a row. Crazy, I know!*

17 comments:

  1. It's been so fun going around seeing the word counts and success reports on NaNo. Congrats on yours!

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  2. Congratulations!!! I have a mini goal to type 'The End' by tonight on my manuscript as well. So far I have no plans other than to write, so fingers crossed.

    It was great to follow you on your journey! Good luck with finishing your WIP!

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  3. you go, Amy. seriously, I'm so impressed--even if you are a freakishly fast typist!

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  4. Way to go, Amy! Do you normally not write every day, then? I write pretty much every day (although I always take Sundays off). I think I'd go crazy if I didn't... :)

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  5. Huzzah! :)
    Well, I, um, wrote an outline for my new ms this month, about 12,000 words of the story...and read about 2,000 pages of research. And I wrote every day, too. (That last part is definitely the biggest accomplishment!)

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  6. Congratulations! Good news for you, especially because you wrote every day! That's a real accomplishment! Nano is the "frosting!"

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  7. awesomely awesome news there! so glad you finished! way to be dedicated to the writing cause. i'm sure your book is just as good as you think it is--i know when it's not going the right way, we know it somewhere deep down. sounds like a winner!

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  8. Huge Congratulations!!! You are amazing. Now go finish that book.

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  9. Congratulations, Amy! I'm so impressed that you cranked out a book in 30 days!

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  10. Woohoo!!! congrats on the nano win! It's such a thrill to see that graph go past the 50k! :)

    I'm happy with my draft as well, although I probably have another 40k to go before it's done.

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  11. Yay, congratulations on the NaNo win! And best of luck with finishing the novel today. :)

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  12. YAY! I'm so happy for you!!!

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  13. Congrats, Amy! I remember the thrill of NaNoWriMo and how amazing it felt to get that story DOWN! Good for you that your first drafts are getting stronger! That's skill, practice, and hard work, sister. You've earned it. Can't wait to hear more about the destiny of this book.

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  14. Do I hear 60,000 words?
    60,000!
    60,000!
    60,000!
    Going, going...
    Gone to the little lady with the totally awesome hair.
    Sincerely
    Yowling Yelper

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  15. Congratulations!

    I think my query for Star Swans is just about there. In November, it evolved from the "Query of Suck" to "my query." I'm still floundering through the revision though.

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  16. Amy, that's AMAZING. You are my hero more and more every. single. day! Congrats!!

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