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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NaNo Day 25

NaNoWriMo Day 25 Word Count

I know, I haven't posted in a while. It feels like forever, but even though I haven't been blogging, I have still been writing. It was a real difficult process breaking 30,000. I was really burned out. I needed to take two days off from writing, catch up on sleep and life outside my fantasy world, in order to be able to come back to my desk ready and able. It was the best thing I could have done.

Today, I wrote my first scene where the antagonist first appears to my MC. I was nervous to write it at first, wondering if I could get in touch with a mean side. It was soooooooo much fun writing this scene! I love writing about this person readers will love to hate. Oooo, she's so wicked and evil. And my poor MC - she didn't even really know what to do. I felt scared for her. I literally held my breath the whole time I was writing.



So, where does this lead me...



Goal: I don't have any real word count goal right now, because I know I will not reach 50,000 words by Nov 1, so I just told myself to fix the previous chapter, update my outline, re-familiarize myself with where I was going, and write the next chapter. And those goals were completed.

Actual: And with that said, putting the numbers out of my head, I wrote 2,389 in one day, AND on a day when I worked in the morning with the little-uns.

Total Word Count: 31, 502



Downside: None, really... except I am trying to research information I desperately need for my antagonist and just can't seem to find what I need on the Internet. Not a huge deal - I'll just have to make it up (imagine that) until I can find what I need to support my theory. (I like to write so that my ideas are actually supported - that makes my fantasy world seem all the more possible...



Highlight: Hitting 31,502! Writing about my antagonist and really enjoying it. Still loving my book and my idea. Still feeling positive even though I won't reach 50,000 by the 30th, I still know I am forever changed by NaNo and that I WILL finish, that I CAN finish. So, I've set a new goal...



My new goal is to finish my book (50,000 words or more...) by December 31st. I want to ring in the new year with my first novel complete! (Of course I use that term loosely. I know once I am finished, my work has only just begun... but still, it will feel so darn amazing to write that last page, tears rolling down my cheek, doing a happy gig, kind of good.



Anyone want to join me in cheering each other on to the finish line by the new goal of Dec 31st? Let me know in the comments section and we can try to set something up on our own...

NaNoWriMo take II in December.

Good luck everyone! And have a happy Thanksgiving!

13 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

You're doing great! And having fun. Don't pressure yourself and have a great Thanksgiving!

Sheri said...

Thanks PJ. And you too! Enjoy your family!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Yes, Sheri, NO downsides at ALL! Just a lotta hard work on your part; something to be proud of...

Enjoy your holiday!

Sheri said...

Thanks Susan! You too!

Jeanie W said...

I love writing bad guys. Maybe because it allows me to act on darker emotions, to do things I'd never get away with in real life -- at least not without some pretty severe consequences.

Sounds to me like you really did win at NaNo. Well done! And thanks for sharing your experience.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill Wheeler said...

I have so much fun writing the bad guys! Those scenes seem to fly by so much faster!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sarah Hina said...

You're doing magnificent work, Sheri! I am so impressed by your determination and grit during this process (have still been reading your blog through bloglines, even when I don't get over here!).

I love the symbolism of your new deadline. And what a good excuse to drink!! :p

Thanks, btw, for your lovely words on my blog and Chris's. I had this strange, out-of-body experience when reading them--like, "who is this person she's talking about??" ;) But they made me feel so, so good. You're such a warm, generous person, Sheri. I really did almost cry.

Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Wow! I can even count that high! Hope your Thanksgiving was fulfilling.

cindy said...

so awesome, sheri! and i'll write with you through december! i'm gone to england and i don't think i'll be able to write when abroad--but you never know!!!

motherx said...

You are doing really well by the sounds of things!
Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sheri said...

Thanks for following my NaNo experience and for being one of my cheerleaders, Jeanie. I totally recommend it next year to all of you!

I know, Jill. It did seem to fly and felt effortless! Love a good flawed character!

It's easy to support someone as talented as you, Sarah! Three cheers!!! Sarah sold her first book, you guys!!! She is an amazing writer. Visit her blog and you can read her poems there. What's the title, Sarah? Blossoms in Paris??? I ALWAYS knew you'd get published! There was never any denying it from those of use watching you develop!

Funny JR! Thank G-d for word processors. I remember having to count the words by hand. I had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Hope you did too!

Awesome Cindy. We can cheer each other on through December maybe via email???

Thanks MotherX! It really was the best thing that ever happened to me writing wise - besides discovering my story... I'd wish you a happy Thanks too, but you don't celebrate this holiday in merry England, do you???

Rebecca said...

I love writing villains. It's fun for me to put myself in a villain's shoes and pretend to be a meanie. Plus, there's nothing like a really nasty villain to create tension in a story. Though it's funny, the villains in my nano project are more subtle (maybe that makes them more dangerous).

I'm way behind on my nano book, so count me in on the December 31st goal!

Sheri said...

Becky, love the new photo! And you're in for the Dec 31st deadline!

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