Finishing NaNoWriMo

It was just past 6 p.m. on November 28th, and my fingers were on fire. They had typed another 5k word day and it was time to finish. I only needed 40 more words, and Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” was blaring from my Sony stereo system. It was already dark outside, already close to freezing (it actually snowed! First snow of the season, and it has already melted away), but I was on fire.

I took a big sigh of relief when I pasted my novel into the word count validator and the National Novel Writing Month webpage sent me to a YouTube video of congratulations and a print-out Winner’s certificate. I had finished my second NaNoWriMo, and it felt good. 2-0 baby, 2-0.

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I took the rest of the night off from writing. I watched the newest episode of NBC’s “Grimm” and farted around on YouTube and decided to purge my computer of some older files I didn’t need anymore.

I also sat down with my brother’s wife, Jackie, and spoke with her about my future plans. I had just received my newest SAT scores, which are 1740 something, and I am preparing to apply for college. I am looking into doing IT work, and that is what Jackie is currently employed with at Green Mountain Coffee’s big facility in a nearby town.

I am thinking about applying to Pierce Community College to get my AA in programming, and then transfer to University of Washington – Tacoma to get my BA/BS in IT Systems. My brother’s friend also followed this exact path and he now works for Boeing.

So, to sum all of that up, I basically got my life back. Curse you NaNo, curse you and your attention grabbing…anyway. If you didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo this year, you missed out.

Now a day after winning, I find myself in a predicament. My novel isn’t done! I wanted to take a break, but I’m not sure that I can. I just want to finish it, to write THE END, and then begin the editing stages. I probably have five or six chapters to go, but I’m really not in the mood to write. But then again, I sat around all day wondering what I’m supposed to do with all of this extra time.

Homework? I don’t want to start until tomorrow, but I may find myself heading in that direction…after I try to force myself to puke out another chapter.

It’s not that I don’t like my novel, because I do. I love it. It needs some heavy editing and reworking, but the plot is amazing. My problem is that I am currently stuck on a travelling chapter. I HATE travelling chapters. I try to throw in as much action as I can, such as wolf attacks or hunting or stories around the fire, but it gets tiresome. How did the fantasy greats do it? How did they manage to write entire novels about travelling?

If someone knows, please tell me before I kill a character or do something stupid…

I will leave you all with a chart of my NaNoWriMo totals, which you can read into or just skip over.


  1. 3756
  2. 7760
  3. 7760
  4. 7760
  5. 7760
  6. 7760
  7. 8902
  8. 10653
  9. 14871
  10. 15513
  11. 20729
  12. 20729
  13. 20729
  14. 20729
  15. 23699
  16. 26741
  17. 26741
  18. 26741
  19. 26741
  20. 26741
  21. 28307
  22. 29534
  23. 35037
  24. 38532
  25. 39777
  26. 43642
  27. 45002
  28. 50064

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NaNoWriMo updates: the halfway point

It’s day 16 of the 30-day writing challenge, National Novel Writing Month. And guess what? I am actually on track for once.

Today I started at 23,699 words, and as of the time I am writing this post I have reached 26,741 words. At this time last year, I was at only 23,050 words, but at this time during the July Camp NaNo I was at 39,288 words. Now, I can justify why I am not writing quite to what I did in July.

1. In July I was on summer vacation from school. I am really only writing in my novel on the weekend because there is just so much that I have to do for school. Every week I am balancing being at school for 7 hours Monday-Friday, then doing notes for AP U.S. Government & Politics and completing homework for my AP Statistics class.

2. Newspaper. JagWire takes all of my time, but it is really worth it. Our issue that came out Nov. 7 was probably the best one in many years, and its because of the amount of attention that my fellow editors and I are giving to it. Plus the first week of November was deadline week, so I was at school until 9:00 p.m. each night.

3. Its November. November is a busy month: my brothers birthday, multiple rock concerts to attend, Thanksgiving, Christmas decorating time, etc.

That being said, today has been very successful. I have broken through a minor case of writer’s block and I am going full-speed ahead. And, I’ve managed to listen to 92 Judas Priest songs in one day. That alone is an accomplishment.

And then there’s my cat. This is what she does while I write…

My 13-year-old cat, Maize. She loves to be in my way all of the time.
My 13-year-old cat, Maize. She loves to be in my way all of the time.

I love her, but goodness, does she have to block the keyboard so that I have to be all ninja with my arms?

I will leave you all with a chart of my total word count by day so far this month.

  1. 3756
  2. 7760
  3. 7760
  4. 7760
  5. 7760
  6. 7760
  7. 8902
  8. 10653
  9. 14871
  10. 15513
  11. 20729
  12. 20729
  13. 20729
  14. 20729
  15. 23699
  16. So far: 26741

NaNoWriMo updates

Well, I have to make this short because I am heading off to a Wednesday 13 concert in a few minutes. As I have mentioned before, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month for the second time.

I fell behind in my word count after a successful first two days, where I wrote 7760 words. I stayed at that word count for multiple days while I worked on getting our first full length edition of JagWire out. After working hard yesterday, when I reached 10653 words, and today, where I have successfully reached 14871 words, I am now pretty much caught up (to be on track I needed to reach 15000 today, which I could have done if I didn’t write this blog post [extra love would be nice.])

In comparison, at this time last year I was only at 10531 words.The words are just coming out smoothly this year, which is a good thing.

Also, during my first week of NaNo, I came up with an idea for another novel. I wrote down everything I thought of for it and have shelved it for either the April Camp NaNo or for a project that I just work on every now and then. This new idea isn’t fantasy like usual (it has kind of a tinge of contemporary fantasy), but is leaning more towards an action/thriller with various themes.I think it will be a lot of fun to write.

I would leave you with an excerpt of what I wrote today, but I’m just out of time right now. Until next time, then.

NaNoWriMo ’14: day one

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Today was the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and boy as it exciting! 363 days after starting my journey with NaNoWriMo, I have now started on the second part of my novel. It was scary when the Halloween celebrations came to an end and the 260 something trick or treaters that I got went home after filling their bags with candy. Why? Because I knew NaNo was lurking just around the corner.

As midnight approached I logged in to the Tacoma/Pierce County NaNo chat and participated in my first ever Word War, where I wrote the first 700 words to my novel before 1 a.m. It’s not very normal sounding for the start of a novel, but then again, it isn’t a normal novel. It’s just a second half that I will be attaching to my NaNo ’13 novel when completed. And yes, my novel this year actually starts out with Chapter Ten: Machines of War.

After participating in NaNo Word Sprints all day, I have a total of 3756 words at the end of the first day. This is my best ever first day word count, counting last year’s NaNo and my two attempts at Camp NaNoWriMo.

It’s late, so I’m probably going to get ready for bed. I have to start some AP Government notes and then I will be free to write away all day tomorrow. Happy writing!

Who else is participating in NaNoWriMo this year? How did your first day go?