Monday, November 16, 2009

NaNoWriMo Week 3

Notice my wall is becoming more pink and less orange.
Also I added my cast (just in case my book ever becomes a movie... =] )

WORD COUNT: As of today, Monday November 16, I am up to 14, 475 words.

Goal For This Week: I have to write 2,960 words a day in order to reach 50,000 words by November 30th - that's with taking off on Thanksgiving and the Friday after. If I succeed at this goal, I will reach 32, 235 words by Sunday. Which means I will have to write 17,765 words the final week of November - Again, at 2960 words a day, it is plausible.

Downside: My downside is also an upside... I begin a brand new job tomorrow. My training will, however, demand a full work schedule for the last two weeks of November! But that's OK. I will have to write at night when I come home - that is, if I don't have to study for the test I have to pass at the end of training. But again, I will make time and make it work as best as I can.

NaNo was a way really of making me reach my goal of this 7th draft being ready to go so I can start querying agents Jan 1, 2010. So, not that I am giving myself an out, but I do have December to reach my personal--albeit, not NaNo--goal.

Upside: I learned something HUGE this week.
  1. I CAN outline.
  2. I love my outline
  3. My outline can grow and change as I grow and change. (It's becoming pinker by the day - pink index cards mean polished - another not-a-NaNo-goal)
  4. AND... I put a common theory of revision writing to test tonight and lo and behold, IT WORKED!

What's the theory? Some writers believe when you write a brand-new draft, you should never look back at your old draft again.

Sounds scary, right? And a little crazy like reinventing the wheel. BUT... the theory is, all the good stuff from the previous draft will stick with you, all the yucky stuff will be forgotten, and new stuff will emerge.

So, after a little "whine" while trying to merge two old chapters and add new info and yet keep to my short chapter page lengths, I decided to give it a try. I shut down the old draft and just wrote. Seriously, 15 minutes later, I had 1,097 new words, all shiny and sparkly.

Robert Olen Butler - From Where You Dream - you are becoming my new god and bible!!!! It worked, people! It really worked.


PJ Hoover said...

WTG, Sheri!

Kelly H-Y said...

You go girl!!!

Sheri said...

Thanks PJ and Kelly!

Julie Dao said...

Woo-hoo!! It's great to hear that you're making such progress. Congrats on the word count! Good luck with your writing - can't believe we've only got just over a week left of NaNoWriMo.

Anonymous said...

That wall is just getting prettier and prettier! Go, Sheri!

Keri Mikulski said...

Yay, Sheri!! ;)

Sheri said...

Thanks everyone for your support, but I'm afraid this year's NaNo was a bust... That's ok. I still have my personal goal to reach of Jan 1, 2010! Onward and upward!

Anonymous said...

haha~ funny!.thank .you for .your ..share.....

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