NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 30

I feel so sad right now. IT’S OVER. The fun and insanity of November is over. 😦

So, yes, again, I didn’t write yesterday. But I’m happy to report that I didn’t waste my whole day looking at cute kitty pictures on the internet. The weather was really nice, and I spent a long time editing Secrets outside. However, I can’t count what I did towards my editing goal for the month, since I was going back over the same scenes I’ve already gone over. (I’m preparing to print stuff out for Mom to read, so I’m becoming obsessed with getting everything just right.)

As for today, I spent just as much time editing, which has really made me happy. I’m so excited with these chapters, and I can’t wait to show them to people. In fact, I was so focused on editing that I almost forgot about my NaNo novel before I realized IT WAS THE LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER AND OH MY GOODNESS I DIDN’T FINISH MY NANO NOVEL HELP ME I’M GOING TO DIE.

To add to my growing panic, I HAD NO INTERWEBZ. Which I guess was a good thing, but it meant that I had no word wars. Thankfully, I have found that timing myself is just as motivating and competitive as doing the same thing but with other people.

9:39 PM-11:10 PM: My 10 minute wars against myself were a bit goofy, because I found that, without the internet, five minute breaks felt like an eternity. I mean, what was I supposed to do? I couldn’t compulsively update my word count, I couldn’t distract myself on the forums, and I couldn’t look at cute kitty pictures. I was stuck with my novel.

So, I basically did six 10 minute word wars with myself, with anywhere from 45 second to 3 minute breaks. On the last war, I went over 10 minutes, so I just counted it as a 13 minute session.

There wasn’t as much nonsense and talking amongst my characters as I thought there would be. There was a really happy/sad moment, then some more happy/sad moments that weren’t as happy/sad as the first moment, and then finally a really sad moment. But the really sad moment had a tiny little happy twist at the end, so I was happy.

I was sad, though, when I realized that the novel, the journey, and NaNo were all over. Well, NaNo is still going on in other parts of the world, but it’s just about over where I live.

Good luck to those still writing, and congrats to those who have written during NaNoWriMo, no matter how many words you’ve written!

Words written today: 3,456

Total words written: 71,950

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 15

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 18

This has probably been the craziest noveling day in the history of NaNoWriMo.

2:50 PM-3:40 PM: Before I go jumping into the craziness, I first must say that I edited 2 scenes today. While still behind on this goal, I’m happy with the way Secrets is coming along, and I’d rather go slowly and do a better job than rush through it and make more of a mess.

8:46 PM-11:59 PM: Okay, now for the craziness. So, if you remember last year, I broke 50k on Day 19. Now, knowing me, I always like to beat records, right? The last thing I wanted to do was get to 50k again on Day 19 this year. It just seemed too repetitive, like I wasn’t trying hard enough to do something awesome. Besides, it just so happens that my biology class falls on the 19th, which means that probably no writing will get done. That would have meant I would have reached 50k on Day 20.

I was not going to let that happen.

However, I procrastinated with writing, like I always do. But unlike the usual writing days, instead of needing 2.5k, I needed 5,460 words to make 50k before midnight. When I did the math, that equated to about twelve 10 minute word wars. I do four of them in an hour, so I needed three hours.

If I started at 9:00 PM, I would make it. Just to be safe, though, I planned on starting at about 8:45 PM to get an extra word war in.

As you can see by the time indicated above, I started one minute late. Not too bad, except that I had a little problem.

I totally forgot that I needed Dad to help me with something when he got home. Something that was most likely going to eat about a half hour or more out of my writing schedule. And suddenly, just like that, I wasn’t going to have enough time to get to 50k before midnight.

For once in my life, word wars were actually going to slow me down. I didn’t have the time for the five minute breaks in between wars.

I wrote for 20 minutes, then 6, and then 11. I couldn’t keep going at a steady pace. The TV was on, I was waiting for Dad to get home, and I was just too worried about not making the goal. I had written 1,139 words at this point, with two and a half hours to go.

The pressure was on.

I got a 10 minute war in and then wrote for 2 more minutes before Dad got home. Word count: 1,684. Words to go: 3,776.

He helped me for about an hour, and the clock was ticking. I got in bed a bit after 10:30 and jumped in late on a word war at 10:35. Then, I wrote for 4 minutes during the break, did another 10 minute word war, then wrote for another 2 minutes during the break.

But this wasn’t working. It was 11:05, my word count was at 2,870, and I still needed to write 2,590 more words in under an hour.

Boy, you have no idea how much I was panicking.

I did one more 10 minute word war, and I beat my all time record with 552 words! I only paused to post it on the forums and compulsively update my word count before I completely ditched the wars. This was my night. I was not going to stop writing until midnight, whether I had 50k or not. Even the small breaks I allowed myself for brief posting and compulsive updating had been slowing me down. I needed to keep my face in the story and not look away.

So, from 11:06 to 11:59, I kept my face in the story. I even stopped myself from correcting typos, or trying to spell bigger words that kept tripping up my fingers. There just wasn’t time.

When I paused to glance down at my session count, I wrote 2,066 words! In just 53 minutes, I wrote over 2k! That has to be some kind of record for me.

And when you do the math, here is what it all comes to: 5,488 words for the day. Meaning I got to 50,028 words one minute before midnight! πŸ˜€ I did it, despite the fact that I thought it was going to be impossible.

This just goes to show that even when you think you can’t make your word count (and you even have the math to prove you won’t make it), you can still prove yourself wrong. Never ever give up, because if you work hard enough to reach your goal, you will make it. πŸ™‚

Words written today: 5,488

Total words written: 50,028

Scenes edited today: 2

Total scenes edited: 15

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 15

Halfway mark of NaNoWriMo! This month is going by way too fast. 😦

I need to keep this post brief, because I have stayed up way too late tonight. I’ve gotta get up super early tomorrow, and staying up close to midnight was a bad idea.

4:05 PM-4:20 PM: I started editing outside, but it rained on me, and I had to pack up early. So, yeah, I never did finish editing that scene when I got back into the house…oh well. If I get back home early enough tomorrow, I may try to finish it.

10:00 PM-11:25 PM: I wanted to write up till midnight, but like I said above, doing so is a pretty stupid idea when I need to be up before 5:30 AM. Ugh, I hate getting up early, but it’ll all turn out good. I’m excited about the time I’m going to get to spend with my dad and a bunch of good friends tomorrow. Just wish the drive wasn’t going to be so long (and that I didn’t have to get up so early).

Anyway, six 10 minute word wars, 2,795 words, and a story that has stayed on track (meaning no characters misbehaved on me). It was a good writing day, and I hope I’ll have more time tomorrow to add to it!

Words written today: 2,795

Total words written: 41,455

Scenes edited today: 0

Total scenes edited: 13

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 14

I talked yesterday about being a bit disappointed with myself about my novel’s progress.

Today, I completely turned all that disappointment into utter excitement. πŸ˜€

2:40 PM-3:20 PM: It was so beautiful outside. I spent most of my time just walking around in our fields, but I did manage to sit down with my editing project and polish up a scene. After all the word vomiting I’ve been doing with NaNo, it’s nice to see some of my writing in a more, shall we say, elegant form. πŸ™‚

9:30 PM-11:48 PM: I participated in ten 10 minute word wars, but the last one was more like a three minute session. I realized that I was just all worded out for the night, and I had reached the perfect stopping point. Not to mention that my word count ended on a nice even number, and I like it when that happens.

Oh, did I mention that I’ve passed the halfway mark to 75k? And that I wrote over 4k today? πŸ˜€

So, today was the day that my characters finally got out of hand. They’re about fourteen days late in doing that, but it was a fun scene to write nonetheless. I actually may leave it in subsequent drafts because it’s not all that bad. It’s weird, but the weirdness can be fixed later.

And speaking of weirdness, I have learned today that, despite all the romance I’ve read in books, I cannot write a romantic scene to save my life. I tried, really, but it just felt so awkward. Awkward for me, awkward for them…the whole scene was just awkward. I didn’t delete it, but I made a note to do so when November is over.

I then wrote the same scene again, but instead of using the outline, I let the characters decide how they wanted the scene to go. It turned out a lot better. While neither passionate nor sappy, they were really cute together, preferring closeness and laughter to all the awkwardness I tried forcing on them. Which is perfectly fine by me! πŸ™‚ Changing the outline is much easier than changing their personalities.

Words written today: 4,206

Total words written: 38,660

Scenes edited today: 1

Total scenes edited: 13

NaNoWriMo 2013: Day 13

Yes, I didn’t do any writing yesterday. I studied all day and took notes. Then came class, and I was totally focused on studying and acing the test that I didn’t even think about writing between breaks. Oh, and we got home really late, so I didn’t have a lot of time before midnight to get any words in.

And today, I almost skipped writing. I just wasn’t in the mood. I thought long and hard about the pleasure of going to bed early and getting a good night’s rest. But, oh, the guilt! Sure, I wouldn’t have been that behind if I skipped today, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of wasting another November day doing no writing at all. November comes only once a year, so I better make the most of it (and my novel). πŸ™‚

4:35 PM-4:50 PM: I did do a little editing, and, surprisingly, it was enough to get one scene finished. I’ve fallen behind again with this goal, but that’s okay! I still have plenty of time left to catch back up. And, unlike word count, which takes a bit of time to build up, editing isn’t that bad. Of course, my novel is in, what, it’s third or fourth draft? so it makes editing go by a lot quicker.

10:40 PM-11:50 PM: Like I said before, I missed yesterday. I really wanted to make 5k today (for yesterday’s and today’s word count), but the time got away from me. Long story short, I had a panic attack with regard to the health of my computer (antivirus software said everything is okay, though, so I’m fine now). This was the tipping point for me not wanting to write today. I wasn’t in the mood all day, and this took the wind out of my sails.

But look, I wrote despite how I felt! πŸ™‚ I participated in five 10 minute word wars, but, unfortunately, it was not enough to even reach 2.5k. Still, I’m on track to reach 75k by the end of the month, so I should be happy. (And, don’t get me wrong, I am happy about being on track, but my averages are down (according to the spreadsheet I made), and I do not like it when my averages are down. Must fix them. Soon. Which means lots of writing.)

Not a lot to say about my story. My characters managed to get next to nothing done, thus further delaying me from getting to the exciting parts of the novel. I could slap them all silly. Or kill them. With a shovel. πŸ˜‰

Words written today: 2,284

Total words written: 34.454

Scenes edited today: 1

Total scenes edited: 12