Week 1: 5906 Words
Week 2: 5438
Week 3: 5445
The long stretch into Week 4 of my version of the Na No Wri challenge…
My goal: 25,000 words in 30 days + 1.
WEEK 4 results:
Date Word Count Comment
October 22, 2012 918 Words Some research with writing, building details.
October 23, 2012 833 Need action/ suspense; began to build new scene.
October 24, 2012 893 Research stimulates ideas; wrote & expanded ideas.
October 25, 2012 719 Wrote a possible beginning; some more research.
October 26, 2012 1022 Flow,sense of adventure,suspense,cliffhanger-maybe.
October 27, 2012 873 Dialogue, suspense;new direction or new story?
October 28, 2012 _865_____ Some story, mostly diary journal memories. Week Four Total: 6123 Words Glad I kept with this challenge…..more rhythm!
TOTAL TO DATE: 22,912 WORDS
Only three days left in October and the end of this challenge is in sight. I need to write 2088 more words to reach goal.
I’ll admit I am looking forward to the end of the month. Don’t get me wrong, I needed this challenge, to get ideas swimming in my head to paper, to prove to myself I could do this.
But, I’ve paid a price. I’ve given up sleep for writing. I’ve let household things pile up. I’ve been late to work. Exercise has been nil. The extra hours of sitting and bending over a notebook has sent shooting pains to my neck. AND, my novel draft screams for major edits and rewrites. SO, the work isn’t over. FOR NOW, I will put the novel aside, in a drawer or on a shelf or under my bed (doesn’t matter), and there it will sit until some future date. BUT, I will have moments of pride that I fulfilled a commitment to myself.
Some insight. This novel is actually the back-story, stand-alone novel, of one of the characters that showed up this past summer in a completely different novel I’ve been plotting for several years.
Good writing depends on craftsmanship, but there’s mystery and surprise in the writing process.