NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 10 19,171/50,000

NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 10 19,171/50,000


It’s been about 6 days since an update to the blog. I apologize, but I had trouble with things real life that I had to tend to. My wife is across the country at a funeral, and I’ve been home with the kids.

Also had a few job interviews, and had a friend come over from the UK. It was busy time, but I loved all of it. I’ve managed to hit the NaNo goal (1,667) every day, and have managed to hit my personal goal (2,200) words a few times, but it’s been a challenge. Hence why the blog updates didn’t come, I had to carve out time to do the things that needed doing, on top of my NaNo commitment.

I’m on the precipice of 20,000 words 10 days in. So if I maintain this pace, my work will come in at just around 60,000 words, and I hope I can do it.

I seem to have written myself into a corner, I’m afraid. I feel like I’ve reached the point in the book where the character realizes something is gone wrong, that he’s settled for one thing, and then found the true thing he wants, and has to unravel everything before he becomes unraveled himself and is pinned with things that he doesn’t deserve. Or does he? He was responsible for at least one bad thing, and almost was for a second really bad thing – I’m trying to be vague to avoid spoilers, bear with me if this is not the most descriptive entry in the history of my works.

A lot of people are hurt by his actions, he’s a laser beam to Alderaan, and he needs to understand how much his actions can hurt those around him. I know in this genre people need to suffer, it’s about wrenching out the emotion from readers based on the experiences of the MC, not the villain necessarily, but I am not sure if I want to go for a bleak ending where he loses it all, and the story becomes a testament to always try and live a good life, or if there can be any redemption for anyone in the story.


I call to you, dark gods of writing, (and light if you’re there too) HALP.

NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 4 8,306/50,000 Words

NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 4 8,306/50,000 Words

Today was difficult. I couldn’t make the words go, and I honestly considered not writing today because I have a slight lead above the average. Things that kept me going were knowing that I’m ML, and that someone out there may be looking to me and saying “If they can do it, so can I.”

There’s also the darker fantasy that somebody in the world I’m creating doesn’t want me to finish my story today. So I had to do it to squash their foul plan.

I wrote just above the minimum of 1,667 words for today, at about 1,740 or so? I’m not sure. But I did it. I maintained. It wasn’t the 2,200 goal I’ve set for myself, but at least I met NaNo goal. This scene was required to show Character for my MC, and it was kinda boring to write, but necessary. It’s probably a bad scene, but you know that a bad scene can always be edited to be good- a blank page can’t be edited that way.

Tomorrow I think I’m going to write more about nice things happening to my MC, because he needs a few nice things before I take those nice things and start putting cracks in them. Damnation doesn’t happen all at once, it’s a slow build.


#NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 2: 4,315/50,000

#NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 2: 4,315/50,000

Day 2 was a little AHHHHHH for me. I didn’t do any writing until 7 PM, which is super late. I usually prioritize my day better, don’t do any gaming, don’t do anything leisurely until I’ve got my words done. But there were also factors in play that I couldn’t ultimately control. Sickness. Unexpected discussions to have with the new apartment complex we’re moving into.

But! I learned about the scary part of my book today with the introduction of a character by the name of Bert. I like Bert, he seems unconventional, and almost maniacally metrosexual, not that I intended for him to be, he was more like “Yo, check it – this is who I am, let’s bang out this story right quick’, I was quick to comply, he was highly persuasive.

I think Bert was also highly persuasive to my MC. I don’t know if Bert is evil, I feel like he’s ultimately trying to do the right thing, but people could view him as not a nice person. But I’m also thinking he’s like a sword, it can cut both ways.

I’m pleased overall. I feel like the characters are starting to show me who they are, which is very organic to me, I don’t like making them fit into molds that they mayn’t want to fit into.

Day 2, overall a good day. I met my minimum word count of 1,667 – not my personal goal of 2,200, but I wasn’t far off either. There’s a point in the writing where it’s like Okay this has to stop right here, to add more would dilute it, and that’s what happened today.

What challenges are you facing? Anything good? Anything exciting? Did you find a Bert too?

NaNoWriMo Survival Journal Day 1 – 2,227 / 50,000

Another year of NaNo has arrived. I stand on the first day at 2,227 / 50,000 words. I’ve departed from the Natalsa series for a year, intending to finish the third book by around 2020 if all goes well. Earlier if I can manage.

I’m writing about a person named Craig Brummett, and he’s delightfully unsure of himself, and is going to get himself into a whole heap of trouble. I won’t go into details yet, but I do feel sorry for him.

A lot of things going on in my personal life I think will find their way into this novel, and I think it’s going to be very emotional, and relatable to a lot of people.

I’m shooting for 2,200 words a day. Now, the norm is 1,667 for a goal of 50. But if I end up close to 65,000 I’ll be happy.

How is your season going, if you’re participating in this 30 day insanity? My morning consisted of one cup of coffee, a breakfast biscuit, a soda, and four pieces of candy from Halloween last night. Sugar and caffeine are what will get me through this. Some people use wine if they write at night; I am one of them.

I am still Municipal Liason for Kentucky’s Elsewhere Region on the NaNo site. I’ve got an event on the 17th at Grant County Public Library from 9 AM – 9 PM. They were super to work with in the past.

I realize now as I write this that I also have Boone County Public Library’s Local Author fair that day from Noon — Four PM.

I am double booked. I will do both.

I will collapse.