NaNoWriMo Update 1: That’s Rough, Buddy

November 7, 2014 in Fantasy, Novel, On Writing


So here’s my first NaNoWriMo update, and it’s not pretty. Better than nothing, I suppose, but the progress has been admittedly slow. I have so far had two days to write and I have barely broken 2000 words, a far cry from the overly optimistic and fairly ridiculous 3000-a-day target I had set for myself.

What I have realized from this process is that writing anything at work is really really hard. There are distractions galore, and I don’t just mean actual work-related stuff that needs to get done. And all it takes is one shithouse article — just one — to screw up my entire schedule and rhythm for the day. Lately, unfortunately, I’ve gotten a few.

As for the writing itself, I’ve decided to tackle my oldest project, the classic fantasy novel that has been rewriting itself in my brain on and off for the last dozen or so years. It’s probably the most ambitious of my projects, but also the one that requires the least amount of planning and thinking through.

I have started again right from the beginning with a new intro that will introduce the protagonist in a more exciting manner so that the story hits the ground running. I’ve since gone back to work on a prologue, though I think it probably works better as a backdated chapter 2. I guess I’ll see how it goes.

The biggest take away from these last couple of days is that I still have not figured out how to just write and not self edit along the way. They always say, when writing first drafts, that you should not think too much and just let the words flow. Sure, it will probably be crap, but it is more important at this stage to just get the words down. You can always fix things up later.

On day one I started off relatively well, getting about 1500 words down, but on the way home at night I kept thinking of things I should have added. So on day two instead of continuing with the writing I spent much of my time putting in those changes, and all the other things I kept thinking would improve the narrative. Due to some of these changes, I have had to stop and think of ways to make the story logical and fit together, which took up a huge chunk of my time as well. In the end, I only had about 500 words down on the second day. And the truth is, it is still crap, so I more or less wasted my time trying to fix it now.

Still hopeful that I will be able to get into some kind of groove so that the words will come more easily. At this stage, unless I catch fire, so to speak, it seems unlikely that I will get close to reaching my goal. We’ll see.

Unofficial NaNoWriMo Update: Reboot

November 23, 2011 in Novel, On Writing

With a week to go in the official NaNoWriMo challenge, I hope everyone is on track with their target of 50,000 words.

As for me, who isn’t registered for the official version and is doing his own ‘unofficial’ version, here’s a little secret I’m going to whisper to you…I haven’t done anything!

Excuses excuses excuses.  But they are legitimate ones.   I’ve been extremely busy looking for work (both full-time and freelance), which has taken a lot of mental and physical energy out of me.  Emails, letters, updating CVs, phone calls, interviews, tests, samples, etc — on a daily basis.  Plus a family health emergency a week into the month pretty much derailed everything.  As a result, the planned epic writing sessions have not even taken off.

On the bright side, the family emergency is over and it’s all good now.  Plus I have several jobs and freelance gigs either offered or in the pipeline.  The interviews are still going on but after next week I’ll probably have to finally make a decision as to what I am going to do.  Essentially I have two options when it comes to full-time opportunities.  I can go for a traditional job that offers some challenging work that I have an interest in, with traditional hours and reasonable potential.  Or I can go for a very cruisy job with flexible hours that offers slightly less pay but affords me the time to do other things, such as work on my own stuff and freelance.  It’s a dilemma.

Back to NaNoWriMo.  I figured, since this is an unofficial thing anyway, why do I have to create arbitrary rules such as having to write 50,000 words in the month of November?  Why don’t I just reboot and start tomorrow and write 50,000 words in the next 30 days?  Why the heck not?

So that’s what I am going to do.  Not tomorrow (because I have plans…), but maybe next over the weekend or next Monday.  Yes, that’s what I am going to do.  Until I say otherwise.

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December 19, 2009 in Blogging, Indiana Pacers, On Writing

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NaNoWriMo Challenge Update!

November 11, 2009 in Novel, On Writing


As I write this post from another late night at work, it has become very clear to me that I am fighting an up-hill battle in this NaNoWriMo Challange I have set for myself.

Eleven days in my monthly word count stands at around 4,000.  Only 46,000 more words to go!  The main problem is, I just haven’t had the time.  Actually, backtrack.  I have had very little time, and to be honest I have not utilised it particularly well.  Thanks to: long book (still reading Gandhi’s autobiography), waste-of-time video games (playing a game of NBA 2K10 every night) and too many blog posts (I am currently in the middle of preparing 3 other posts on this blog, plus my regular duties at Pacers Pulse).

That said, work has been BRUTAL.  Essentially working across two time zones at the moment.  But it’s not just that.  It’s the constant tension, stress and panic that I am having trouble dealing with.  I don’t know why I signed up for this insanity a second time.  One would have thought that as lawyers, we would have come up with laws to prevent this type of abuse from happening, and yet we only seem to perpetuate it.

Things don’t look too bright right now, but surely there’s a light at the end of the tunnel?  I can fully see myself pumping out 20,000 words this weekend…if I’m not at work, that is.

Writing Update: Returning to Reality

October 5, 2009 in Blogging, Novel, On Writing

Heading back to full-time work tomorrow with a sense of fear, dread and anticipation.  What type of hours will I be working?  Will I be able to control my hours even if I wanted to?  How much time will I have to write?

It’s been so long that I can’t even remember what it’s like anymore.  I’ve had enough of a break to know that’s it time to return to the real world and put in some hard work.  The aim is to make some money while I continue to work on my writing and the novel, with the intention of completing the first draft by the end of the year.  I haven’t really done as much as I would have liked during this supposedly ‘free’ period over the last few weeks.  As I said, there’s an astounding amount lot of things to do when there’s nothing to do.

I believe the word count is currently somewhere between 130,000-150,000 words (stupid NewNovelist 2.0 program with no word count!).  Judging by present progress, it’s not looking good.  Even if I do 50,000 words a month (something I’ve never come close to accomplishing) I might still not finish the first draft by 31 December 2009.

Oh well…I’m hoping that with a return to routine, maybe I can write on a more stable basis and with more focus when I do sit down to write.  As for my blogs (this one and Pacers Pulse), I’ll just have to take things as they come.

Fingers crossed.