Reader Friday: NaNoWriMo Check-in

If you’re into NaNoWriMo, how’s it going? If you’re NOT into NaNoWriMo, what are you working on?

NOTE: Jeannie Leighton is the winner of our “bad first line” contest from last Friday. Jeannie,  please email me at JSB [at] jamesscottbell [dot] com for details on your prize. 

22 thoughts on “Reader Friday: NaNoWriMo Check-in

  1. Not NaNoWriMo-ing, but 14K words into my WIP, which is taking off in a very different direction than I had thought it would. Since it’s the first draft, I’m letting the story go where it will. We’ll see later who’s smarter – me or the characters. My money is on them.

  2. I’m sitting at 23k right now. I have next week off so I should be able to rock on it. My son and I got the pleasure of meeting Chris Baty this week. He was quite an inspiration.

  3. Jeannie – I bow in supplication at your stunning horribleousity.

    I am not NaNo-ing per se, as usual, November get extremely weird. But, I want to have my WIP up to 50K by 11/30, setting up the run for the border by New Year’s Day.


  4. Congrats, Jeannie! I loved your awful first-line entry! So creative!

    I’m registered for NaNoWriMo, but other things keep getting in the way! Must make some major headway this weekend!

  5. Not doing NaNo, but am about to finish the first draft of ICE HAMMER book 1, and did finish the outline of the whole 3-book series so things should go smoothly.

    In the meantime I got ambitious and started a Kickstarter Campaign for ICE HAMMER in hopes of raising funds for in depth research and to create a video documentary of said backwoods Alaska research. That in itself took a bit of creative writing as well as making a book trailer video for the project site. We’ll see how it goes.

    Hardest thing I am learning about Kickstarter is just getting the word out. So if anyone here would like to check it out and pass the word on to others who may be interested in participating I’d be forever in indebted to you and will sing songs of your great deeds in the land of my peoples, and perhaps make you cookies and even give you non-sexually harassing totally appropriate footrubs.

  6. 30,266! I’ve been able to keep up NaNoWriMo despite too many other commitments and no power at home for two days. (Big snow and rain storm up here in Fairbanks. Been told to prepare for a few more days without power. I’m at Fred Meyer now, catching up and charging my laptop.) First thing I do in the morning is get my words down.

    I’ve been love/hating NaNoWriMo. Because of too many other things going on, I’ve just been spewing. I know that a lot of what I’ve been writing is just horrible and that major things will have to be changed, but I’m writing occasional good things and I’m learning important things about my story. It’s very liberating to allow yourself to write upchuck!

  7. Not in NaNoWrMo this year. Instead I’m hard at work editing my novel “Discovering Aberration” getting it ready for it’s release. It’s my first full length novel being published, so it’s my first time going through a stringent editing process. Right now I’m working on the developmental edit, and in a few weeks (if I can make my deadline) I’ll be sending it off to the line editor.

  8. Over the moon at winning for the worst opening sentence. I’ve been practicing for the past 15 days doing NaNoWriMo. It’s shocking how much bad prose one can churn out in a short amount of time. Thanks to Mr. Bell and all for recognizing my depth of verbosity.

    I’m currently at 23K and about to head off to our region’s Night of Writing Dangerously. One day, this will grow up to be a real novel. Until then, I keep working on it.

  9. 23k. Usually I check TKZ out first thing in the morning but I’m not allowing myself any blog checking until I get my count done. I’m so tired. And it’s only 8pm. Damn day job.

  10. I finished my 50K! I scheduled myself to end early due to a trip next week and family visiting, and I am so proud to be a NaNo winner. TKZ NaNoPrep posts helped me get off to a quick and solid start. Thank you!

  11. I’m using NaNoWriMo to try and finish my latest mystery thriller. I had about 35 000 words before this month and wanted another 50 grand. It’s not going well. Here we are half way in and I am just under 10 000. Part of the problem is I’m a “pantser” which is not the best for mysteries so I’m still figuring out what has to happen. I take full blame for that one. The other problem is that they expect me to work at my job! When I wrote my first book I vollunteered to work the late pizza shifts because in 4 hours you made 1 or 2 pizzas and I spent the rest of the time leaning against the door writing in my notebook. In my new job I am supposed to work. I still have my notebook there and I hide behind some stuff, always ready to make an order (I’m a chef) but I still don’t get to write as much as before. Ah well, soldier on.

  12. Belated check-in. I’m just over 28K, writing every day. I’m working from an outline–fairly detailed, and yet, as I write I’m doing a lot of filling in the blanks. No huge surprise for many, perhaps, but the previous times I’ve done Nano I’ve pantsed it, this time I’m writing a book I did a lot of prewriting on. Somedays, it’s likes grasping at smoke to get at the story.

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