Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday's Writing Update: Ready, Set, NaNoWriMo

Happy Wednesday!

Click here to check out my review of Jessica Bell's String Bridge.

I do have October's stats.
Submissions: 0
Rejections: 0
Acceptances: 0
Submissions Still Out: 2
Total Word Count: 2963
Total Pages Edited: 316

Of course, everything else is on pause now because of NaNoWriMo. My November goal is to write two novels (Starred and The Last Prophetess) and to end up with at least 100,000 words.

If you want to read excerpts and synopses of Starred and The Last Prophetess, click here.

So far, NaNoWriMo is going well. Random.org chose my first two "scenes" to write for Starred. Act I, Scene 8 and Act I, Scene 10. I'm using "scenes" instead of chapters, but it's still standard novel writing. I finished both scenes and used Random.org to chose the next two: Act II, Scene 7 and Act III, Scene 2. I wrote Act II, Scene 7 yesterday as well, but I'm saving Act II, Scene 2 until today and picking two more random scenes.

It's only the start of NaNoWriMo, but I love the randomness of the scene picking. It's like having writing prompts, especially since I already wrote the first line for each scene with my outline. Day 1's total word count was 5,625. That's almost what I wrote in all September and October combined!

My goal for Starred is to write at least two scenes a day and have it be at least 50,000 words. So far, I'm a little ahead. I hope I can keep it up. My planning for novel two needs a lot more work, so a few days ahead of schedule will help me. A lot.

If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, how's it going? If you aren't, what are you up to?

11 comments:

Aubrie said...

I'm writing like NaNoWriMo to get my book done on time! Yesterday I wrote 2K and the day before I wrote 2K as well, so I'm on a roll this week!

Good luck with your word count today!

C D Meetens said...

I love how you have the scenes worked out, and the first line of each written as a prompt. I think that must really get the creative juices flowing - such as good idea!

My rewrites have crawled to a halt, due to lack of time, but I have a break coming up, so I hope to get a lot of writing done soon.

Milo James Fowler said...

100K? Holy cow! No NaNo for me, but my students are participating, and I'm finishing up the first year of Write1Sub1: 43 new submisssions out, 9 more to go. I wish you well!

Misha said...

Wow! You're burning through the words! Keep it up. :-)

Cherie Reich said...

Milo - That's awesome your students are participating in NaNo. Good luck with your Write1Sub1!

Terri Talley Venters said...

Way to go, Cherie! I've been swamped editing my first 3 books and haven't written much lately. Hope to get back soon! Your blog rocks, btw =)

Christine Rains said...

It's so neat about your random scene picking and I'm glad it's going well for you. I had a good first day. Would have been better if I could shut off my inner editor! Keep writing. You're doing wonderfully!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I wrote a little over 1.2k yesterday. Not quite as much as I would have liked but with the power going out and not having it for days, my life has been very hectic this past week.

Sarah Pearson said...

I knew you were planning on writing two stories, but somehow the word count didn't filter through my brain. 100k? Wow, best of luck.

J.L. Campbell said...

Doing NaNo too, but haven't passed one day's target yet. :(

100k is a lot of words for a month, but I suppose you have a plan.

Margo Kelly said...

WOW! I'm impressed with your goals! Best of luck to you. Me? I'm not doing NaNo, but I am busy sending out query letters. :0)