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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo update

Today was the first day of the writing challenge of 1667 words per day, every day in November. I wrote 1927 words today, so I am well on track.

After the mamoth weekend I had of writing (over 10,000 words in less than 24 hours) I decided not to push my luck too far by trying to write too much on the first day. So, once my daily words were complete I then got 30 pieces of paper (1 for each day in November) and outlined a scene to write each day, just in case I get writer's block again.

The theme of NaNoWriMo is "quantity over quality". The idea is to get as many words written as you can, but don't do any editing, just get as many words down on paper as you can. This is really hard for me because I usually edit as I go. I'll write a scene/chapter and then go back over it several times before I move on to something new. Now, I am being foreced to write my little heart out without reviewing and it is a little stressful, but I am enjoying the process.

I feel so free by just writing. I know that once the challenge is over, I will have as much time as I need to edit everything that I have written, so that is keeping me sane.

Before this writing challenge I had over 40,000 words written. If I can maintain about 2000 words a day, every day for the month, then by December 1st I'll have 100,000 words. That's almost the entire novel's draft done in a month.

Wish me luck!

Also, I want to thank everyone who has been sending me names for my "name a character" contest. You all had such wonderful options and I am having a hard time choosing one that fits the character perfectly. I had people reply on my blog, on Twitter and on Facebook - (as well as some of my friends giving me names in person) - so thank you ALL for the support. I am trialing a name at the moment but once I choose one for sure I will let you all know and declare the winner of the contest!!

On a personal note, I went looking through some boxes I had stored in my closet last night while I couldn't sleep and I came across some wonderful memories and some things I thought I had lost. I encourage you all to look through those old boxes and remember who you used to be so you can see how much you have grown and how far you have come to be the person that you are now. There is no harm in looking back, as long as you remember that your focus is in front.

Until next time...

Hannah xx

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on that getting that much writing done! I wish you limitless creativity during November!

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  2. I found the same thing when I was sorting through all my things to start packing for my move last week. I found so many memories I had forgotten about! I've still got a few more boxes to go through, so I'm excited about what else I'll rediscover!
    Keep up the awesome writing, Han. You're doing awesome! =) xoxo

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