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.
FIRST RULE FOR THE FIRST DRAFT: Make no judgments!
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.