‘NaNoWriMo Report’ Category

  1. There is always next year…

    December 13, 2011 by edotgdot

    NaNoWriMo No-Go.

    The NaNoWriMo exercise proved to be valuable in that I wrote some 30,000 words that I could use as a foundation for my memoir. I have been avoiding publishing this post because I did not finish or complete the goal. But hey, I gave it my best shot and as a lifelong Cubs fan I will stand by the hackneyed statement of “there is always next year.” This was a formidable undertaking, but one that is a good exercise in getting out of your head and getting words on to the page. So long NaNoWriMo, may you fuel the energy into completing this work. If I finish a draft, then I will be satisfied and true success will only be achieved if I keep writing. Congratulations to all of the fellow writers who stuck with it.

  2. November 17 – Are we there yet?

    November 18, 2011 by edotgdot

    It’s not that I thought writing an almost-novel in merely a month was going to be an easy task, but week three has proven to be almost as difficult as week two. I haven’t met my daily goal of words and I am falling behind…and quickly. The 50,000 mark seems almost impossible at this point unless I make it to 30,000 words by the end of the weekend. It is the point in a race with no end in sight, too far to go back and too late too stop now; I have made it this far so must push forward. My inner three-year-old is whining, “Are we there yet?”

    NaNoWriMo Progress Report
    November 17, 9:27pm
    18,595 words


  3. November 11th – The Slump

    November 11, 2011 by edotgdot

    Day 11 of NaNoWriMo and I am in the “Second Week Slump,” according to my more experienced peers. Tempted to give up and unable to see the light, having 20-30 pages is quite an accomplishment when starting with nothing. The book so far is a mess, words hastily thrown at the page, and I was deluded to think that it would come out right the first time even though I know that first drafts are usually crap. So I am working hard to restrain my inner editor and continue to get the sentences down. Rewriting seems like an even more difficult task and I am wondering why I started in the first place. Finding more excuses not to write including: reading, TV, online research, more online research, cleaning, working out, cooking, and napping. Still, something is urging me to go forward with this project.

    NaNoWriMo Progress Report
    November 11, 11:37am
    13,055 words  


  4. Day Three – NaNoWriMo

    November 3, 2011 by edotgdot

    Off to a decent start after all. If I followed my minimum daily goal, I calculated that I needed 5,001 words by today, November 3, 2011. I am happy to report that I have surpassed my goal on just day three and the words are pouring out of me like water. But because I am basing my story on a real experience, the ideas are already there. The difficulty lies in trying to capture the essence of the story, or rather showing more and telling less. But I am reminding myself that this is only a draft and there are months and months to rewrite whatever I get down on the page in November. One step at a time…


    NaNoWriMo Progress Report
    November 3, 5:41pm
    6,315 words 



  5. 50,000 Words in November

    November 1, 2011 by edotgdot

    November is National Novel Writing Month, an online race to write 50,000 words in 30 days. In order to accomplish this feat, each NaNoWrimo participant must write at least 1,667 words per day for 30 days, which comes to about six pages each day. Instead of always writing about grammar, usage, and other relevant topics, I have decided to track my progress (or lack thereof) here.

    This is my first year to participate and the goal is to create a draft based on my experience working somewhere truly unique, a dark period in my life. To the outsider, this story seems humorous and I have been encouraged to write it down. As a NaNoWriMo newbie, this project seems daunting (or insane) and I have already spent a majority of the day proscrastinating by reading about goldfish and jade plants. Then I reorganized a few shelves and chatted with my friend over G-mail. Now, I need to eat lunch. Enough delaying. There is no time like the present. On your mark, get set, go! Off to a slow start here.

    NaNoWriMo Progress Report
    November 1, 2:33pm
    0 words, 0 pages



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