Sunday, November 02, 2008

NaNoWriMo

I vow this is the first and last time I'm posting on my progress, because I remember from last year how little NaNo news mattered to non-NaNo-ers. But.

As of midnight, I wrote 6,732 words (I'm not doing another word count until Sunday at midnight, otherwise there is just too much temptation to erode all daylight boundaries and taboos). I knew I needed to crank out everything possible this weekend, because Monday is Monday of Doom for various job-related deadline-oriented reasons. However, I've used up all my carefully planned notes, and can't imagine how I am going to plow forward from this point.

Also. The veins on the tops of my hands are twitching and spasming. When I look away from my computer screen, I see nothing but silver and purple swirls. My eyes ache and my mouth tastes like aluminum foil. How do you survive a whole month of this, seriously?! And... I KNOW I need to come back to this tomorrow, in a way I can't even really explain on a blog. But HOW DO I MAKE MYSELF?!?! How will I even get out of bed?!

Hmm. Probably too late to be blogging. Good night and good luck, as they say.

43 comments:

acpaul said...

You're ahead of me, I'm only at 4171 words. But then, I've a huge presentation/paper due in class on Tuesday and another novel under revision.

The point is, we've all got things that can prevent us from writing.

The point of NaNo is to make us turn off the the internal editor and just write.

writeidea said...

Wow, that is just great. You can do it, we are rooting for you.

Ruth said...

Ooh, I saw your blog title and figured you were going to be dissing on NaNoWriMo like I've heard several other literary-type people do... but you're doing it too! That makes me all happy. :) I'm at 7434 words at the mo (although I'm in NZ so we do start a lot earlier than you guys), but I'm aiming for 100,000 words this month so we'll see.... *crosses fingers*

Cory said...

Woo! That's awesome! I got completely caught up in it the first day as well and ended up at a surprising 11189 words. I have no idea how it's going to go this second day...

Ruth said...

Oh, NOW I'm jealous....

fairyhedgehog said...

Wow, well done! I'm not up to 2k yet so I'm very impressed.

angelle said...

good job for day 1 progress!! yeah i should get started on that...

Kate Lord Brown said...

Good going Moonrat! And the rest of you guys - amazing word counts. If you want to buddy up I'm on there as Kate Lord Brown ... could do with all the encouragement/ass kicking possible!

Justus said...

Wow! I wasn't sure many people would be interested in NaNoWriMo. Now I have to write more than I intended this month just to stay hip.

Cory said...

Kate: With the author search offline to speed up the servers, I think if we all want to buddy up (and I'm always in for more writerly friends!) we should link to our profiles instead.

I'm TheCory. Add at will!

Ian said...

That's fantastic, Moonrat. I hit a personal record of 6481 words in one day yesterday myself.

Great job!

Sheila Lee said...

Yeah, I saw your word count when I posted mine this morning, and I was a tiny bit jealous. Don't be so hard on yourself. If you can write all that, and blog on Saturdy, AND blog on Sunday, you are going to do just fine.

Heather said...

Dude.

*jealous*

Aerin said...

Okay, I was totally impressed with my 2011 words yesterday. *sigh* No one warns NaNo Newbies about this kind of thing.....

So my profile is AerinRose if anyone wants to friend me.

Karen K. Kennedy said...

Wow! Here I am at 3,500 words on Sunday morning and was feeling rather proud of myself.

Congrats on the hard work. And blogging as well! Keep up the good work. It's inspirational!

Katherine said...

I think anything over 5K is brilliant. I did 13K in one weekend (due to bad planning, not choice!), and found it brutal.

This is my second NaNo, and I have a theory that it's really a blend of "Carpe diem!" with "Slow and steady wins the race." For me, anyhow.

I'm registered as eyrea if people want to friend.

Pamala Knight said...

Woohoo! I'm going to live vicariously through you and cheer you and 'our' 6K plus words in a single bound, on to victory. Great stuff, girl!

moonrat said...

Go us!!

Kerry said...

I'm sorry about your hands! Being a writer sucketh big time.

but feel free to update on your progress. I'm not a nano'er, but I still find it interesting.

Anna C. Morrison said...

I applaud you! The only reason I haven't tried this is because I'm in grad school and pretty much this is how every day has been for the past couple years. Good luck!

Charles Gramlich said...

Seems like a lot of agony to put yourself through there.

cindy said...

yay moonie! you'll have a novel before you know it! i wrote 1632 words and i'm quite proud. it's slow going for me...i dont' know if i can rough draft for more than an hour and a half at most. must increase stamina!

Colorado Writer said...

AWESOME JOB, Moonie.
My word count for Nano stands at 0 for now.

Tracy Marchini said...

6.7K - that's awesome!

Go Moonrat!

Jeanie W said...

Wow. Great job, everyone. These are some amazing wordcounts for the first day. Now y'all be sure to get up and stretch now and again. We don't want you to turn into a bunch of big muscle knots before the end of the month.

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Well, if you're already that far, you're almost 1/10 of the way there, right? The pace might slow later, but you're on your way.

I have the same problem, but I'm not on NaNo. I have a December 15th deadline for 50K words and I'm 6100 words in. No plot to speak of, only the premise.

Good Luck!

Di Francis said...

Oh, do do updates every so often. I'm not nanowrimoing, but I certainly like to hear about other people's progress. And congrats on the progress so far and now the story has you and will drag you back. (cue evil laughter of story).

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

Awesome job, Moonrat! I can't do NaNo because I'm in the middle of a novel project (against the rules) but I so envy the cool little word counters, the buddy system etc. So I am going to do my own mini-NaNo of trying to reach a 30,000 wordcount in November, keeping an eye on all the rest of you for inspiration. (Chumplet -- could you do the same thing as a way to get closer to your deadline?)

I'll be like one of those marathon walkers behind the actual runners, enjoying the festival atmosphere.

I'm also attempting a November email detoxication intervention, during which I refuse to check emails on weekdays before I write 2000 words. Ouch. It's gonna hurt.

Janet said...

"How do you survive a whole month of this, seriously?!"

Seriously, you don't try to write 6,000+ words every day, that's how. It's called pacing yourself...

Ello said...

Holy cr*P! I only have 2000 - and I cheated!!!!! (started working on it earlier this week, hee hee!)

jalexissmith said...

aluminum foil? ew.

Linda said...

Damn, you're good! I'm late to this post because, well, I'm NaNoing myself. I just clocked in at 3606, slow and steady. The 1.6k is my daily vit. My November looms as insanely crazy, possibly the most intense month of my life in over a decade, but I look at NaNo as a way to blow off steam, get some serious 'voice' down on the page, and empty my head of all the little details plaguing me on PURE.

Notes? Pshaw - just write. Even if every word ends up being prewriting, it counts - the words still get you closer to the end.

Have fun... Peace, Linda

Unfocused Me said...

Good luck! Sounds like you're on the right track - from everything I read about NaNo when I was thinking about doing it, if it doesn't hurt, you're doing it wrong.

James Klousia said...

I can't believe some of the word counts! You guys are machines...

I've set myself the goal of 1,167 words per day, or 11,167 words per week, and so far I've been able to stick to it. I think I'm about 2 words in front - woo!

BTW, I'm Tasmerican, if anyone wants to add me.

writtenwyrdd said...

I'm just going to finish the novella Im working on. I don't dare start something new, because I still have the really cool 37K piece I did for my non-completed NaNo three years ago, lingering in the pile of started projects.

But isn't it amazing just how much you can get on the page when you don't let the inner editor out to play but just write a story? (In my case it means editing a bunch out later, but still...)

kj said...

hello, i'm visiting from lavender's. i did nanowrimo two years ago. you'll be proud of yourself. go for it.

Precie said...

WOOOOOOOO!!!

NO idea how people keep it up all month. And avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

You go, moonie!!!!!!

I also have no idea what to do when the outline is exhausted, except maybe embellish scenes...and start throwing in curve balls.

Crimogenic said...

Pre-congrats to Moonie and all the writers who are participating in NanoWrimo... I'm proud of you.... I'm going to live vicariously through you. Meanwhile, I'll concentrate on writing my query letter...and continue on with my second novel without thinking of this being NanoWrimo time. oh, the pressure :)

Melanie Avila said...

I buddied you (I'm melaniehoo) and your word count motivated me to hit 6000 in TWO days. Thank you!

Precie said...

Sidenote: {cough} You may have already seen this posted but {ahem} since you live in NYC and are presumably registered to vote, this might {cough cough} be of interest to you.

ggwritespoetry said...

WOW! I'm only at 3500, but I'm telling myself that 1250 a day would be my goal. Sat. I didn't hit it, but I made up for it on Sunday. Today? Well, I should really get offline, if I want to get started... he he he

Joe Iriarte said...

You're doing Nano?
Crap! Guess I'll hold my MS
until December.

writtenwyrdd said...

What's your handle for NaNo, Moonie? I will 'friend' you, lol.