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Day 4 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 – Hands In The Air!

Currently Listening To: Jade Catacombs, a remix by bLiNd of OCRemix.

Word Count: 8862

Just like how I pushed myself to finish my workout today, I pushed myself to keep going with writing my NaNo novel. I was pleased when I saw how much I wrote.

Today I am suppose to be at 6666 words (evil sounding, eh?) if I want to be on par for finishing. But in fact, I’m ahead! Well, you all knew that. This is good because I know tomorrow I will be out and about. I gotta be social every now and then.

I’m happy with how this is going so far. This time around, I did a lot of world building, but very little in the plot. Specifically, no outline. I do remember once writing out a very informal summary, but I barely remember it.

As a result of winging the plot, I don’t have specific endpoints where to stop. I just keep on writing until I feel satisfied with the chapter or scene.

Don’t expect an update from me tomorrow! Saturday I hope to break 10,000 words and beyond.

Day Thirty – We are glorious

Song of the Day: Glorious, by Muse

Word Count 80,052 (Validated and Final!)

Amazing.

Just absolutely amazing.

My goal was 75,000. I thought I wouldn’t have time.

After spending 6 hours on the road, trying to find gas and some food, I came home and decided to take my rage out on writing.

However, being exhausted from the heat, I wasn’t at 100%. But I powered through the final phase. At this point I was writing mini chapters of chapters. I couldn’t do walls of text anymore.

Here’s a final look at the word count chart.

Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count Page

I wish this is how fast my bank account grew.

So when I first started Camp NaNoWriMo I had a moderate start. I figured I was going to hit 50,000 for sure, but not 60,000.

Day 9 was big, as I crossed the halfway mark of 50,000. Here I began wondering if I could really hit 60,000.

Day 20 I began thinking of ways to celebrate my word count goals. However, at this point I really didn’t have a reward in mind. All I want is to get this thing published. So I figured to put my ego to the test and make a health challenge out of it. After all I hate to fall short on the Internet.

Day 23 was the biggest push of words I had ever done. 20,000 words. It was just the thing I needed  to get over my hump of stopping at just over 50,000 words. Since this was a big accomplishment for me, I went to announce it in places I frequently visit. It was a goal I thought I could never make. However in most cases I was just shot down (some people said writing 20,000 words was the norm for them. I was also mostly ignored). Really, I wasn’t trying to brag. I wasn’t like “har har I can write 20,000 words. Suck it!” It hurt a little, to feel so insignificant. However I soon tossed aside that notion and focused on hitting my next milestone: 70,000.

On Day 25, things at work were getting hectic so I had to face the reality that 75,000 or even 70,000 words was not going to be hit this month.

Pushing through some rage, I end Day 29 at just above 73,000. The word counter I use is a bit on the conservative side so I expected NaNoWriMo’s word counter to give me a few extra hundred words…but not 3,000 words!

Then today…because of the weather whatever plans I had were canceled. It took me a while to get back home, but once I did (and I made sure to eat and hydrate myself first), I sat down and tore through scenes, trying to hit 80,000. I wanted to stop, but I always was in the habit of giving up. Not today.

It feels good to hit goals. And it’s good when you have fun doing it!

As I said some time before – in the end you have to have some fun doing this. Yes it’s a challenge and yes it’s good to win. But if you don’t look forward to coming home and writing a few scenes or a chapter for this, or you flip out because you didn’t win a word war…I don’t know, but I just feel the point of these things is to have fun making some progress on a story or trying out a new plot idea. It’s really hard to “lose” at NaNoWriMo. Just my opinion. Everyone’s free to participate in NaNoWriMo as they see fit! 😀

Speaking of goals – I managed to actually write a post every day. Admittedly some were more interesting but others but…it got me into a habit!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. There’s still time folks, so squeeze out those last few hundred (or thousand) words!

THANKS TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE CHEERING AND AWESOME SUPPORT!

Day Twenty-Nine – How I spend Fridays

Song of the Day: Stealing Peoples’ Mail, by Dead Kennedys

Word Count: 73,626 (validated)

Let me first state that  I don’t steal people’s mail on a Friday night. I usually get some crab legs and alcohol to cool down after a rough work week.

Now, when I originally updated my word count, it was 70,250. Upon using the validation tool on Camp NaNoWriMo’s site, I got about 3,000 extra words. Woohoo!

I might try and hit 75,000 tomorrow if I have time. I have to be up by 5AM tomorrow and I’ll be out in the heat for most of the day.

I will write a reflection piece tomorrow as the final entry. I’m impressed with two things:

  • I broke my goal of 60,000 words.
  • I managed to make a blog entry for every day of the month.

I know some people are a few thousand shy of their goals. Remember – if I can write 20,000 words in one day (and some people have written 50,000 in a day!) then you can hit your goals in the next 27 hours (if my math is correct).

Cheering my NaNo friends on!

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner's Badge

I wish there were real badges of this. I’d wear it on days I had to wear a suit to work.

Day Two – I’ve gone loose!

Song of the Day: The Wolf Is Loose, by Mastodon

Current Word Count: 5758

After a rocking start, I’ve kept up the momentum and wrote over three thousand words.

Before I got to writing however, I treated myself for at least getting a good start:

A big burger.

Breakfast and Lunch!

That, my readers, is a turkey burger with a fried egg, crispy onion strips, olives and mixed organic greens. The sauce is a chipotle aioli.

Since I got up just past breakfast, I figured I would make it a brunch. The bartender provided some chuckles as well. Apparently a little spider was hiding on my hat. She encouraged me to spared the little critter. We made sure it got out safely.

Once I was full, I came back home and got straight to writing (along with laundry).   The weather is just perfect right now so I’m more relaxed when I write.

This year, I want to try and limit the use of Write or Die. It’s useful, but I don’t want to rely on it too much. However, if you find yourself constantly hitting that back button or freezing up while writing, this tool might be for you!

I think I can hit fifty thousand for sure. I just want to break past sixty thousand this time around. Let’s see what happens.

I need a shower, and some dinner.