Na No Wri: Week One Results

October 2012: Week One Results
My Version of  the Na No Wri Mo novel-writing challenge.

Date:                        Word Count:                          Comment

October 1, 2012           822               Woke up from excitement way too early, 3:30 a.m.
October 2nd                 683               Wrote same # of pages but wrote bigger OOPS!
October 3rd                 892                Wrote, counted words, had to write more.
October 4th                 857                First draft: more telling, passive verbs/don’t judge!
October 5th                 995                Felt forced/must add conflict and action
October 6th                 925                1st scene ran out of ideas, 2nd scene:just keep writing
October 7th                  732                Felt forced/ needed a day off but still wrote.
WEEKLY TOTAL:    5906 Words   WOW!  I’m surprised and delighted!  Watch out world!

I don’t think I mentioned what type of story I am working on.  Fiction, children’s’ adventures and misadventures, coming of age, for ages 7-10.
Disclaimer:  Subject to Change.  Still organically growing.
The story may be fiction but I am recapturing memories of actual experiences.  This helps with the writing.   And brainstorming chapter titles before starting this challenge, a tremendous help too.   Writing begins between 5 and 5:30 a.m.  I’ve always been a morning person so I don’t set an alarm.  The night before I decide on what my focus will be the next day and jot down a few ideas.  Then upon waking , after making must-have coffee, I just write.

Honestly, this first draft is crap!  So many tenses changes, POV shifts, ramblings.
SECOND RULE:  Just Write!

Don’t know who said this bit of wisdom:  “All good writing is in the rewriting.”
This is where I am hanging my pen.

My version of Na No Wri Mo is: 25,000 words in 30 days = 833 words/day = 5831/week
Week One wrote 5906 words.

About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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8 Responses to Na No Wri: Week One Results

  1. robin says:

    Wow, Linda, you are amazing! I’ve been thinking of you and wondered how the writing went this week. You exceeded your expectations!! And thanks for sharing tips on how you are keeping yourself going with this :).

  2. marilynscottwaters says:

    You are mighty! And your comment, “Woke up from excitement, way too early.” Totally cracked me up. 🙂

  3. Sounds like a great start to the month! Good luck over the next few weeks. 🙂

  4. You are awesome! You’ve done an incredible job. 🙂

    The first draft is always crap no matter how long it takes to write. Keep going forward and don’t look back. 🙂

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