Ohhh, we’re half way there. Oh Oh. Living on a prayer.

Yes. 25,000 words have been done. I am singing the Bon Jovi song in my head.

And the plot is progressing. But I am beginning to feel worried, not about the word count, but about getting the story right. There are so many things happening now, I am conscious of trying to keep the plot in order, getting the time lines right, not leaving loose threads, etc.

It would be dangerous now to begin editing, or reworking, earlier parts of the story. I am resisting the temptation as much as I can. But I have gone back and added a few sentences to earlier chapters, in order to assimilate some of the later happenings into the earlier storyline.

Excuse me. Back to work. Only 25,000 words to go …..

A (Belated) NaNo Pep Talk (via Let The Words Flow)

Great to discover published authors who are enthusiastic about National Novel Writing Month.

When I discovered NaNoWriMo a few weeks ago, on 2nd of November, to be exact, I didn’t stop to think if it was a good idea or not. Afteryears of planning to write a novel “one day”, NaNoWriMo gave me the opportunity to sit down and just get on with it.

What I am writing is 90% rubbish, I know that. But I can forgive myself. After all, it is just a silly challenge and who would expect perfection in a novel written in 1 month? Anyway, please excuse me …. got to go. I have 2,009 words to complete today.

A (Belated) NaNo Pep Talk FYI: I posted this on my personal blog last week, but I figured it's worth repeating, given the number of anti-NaNo articles that have flooded the internet lately, and given the number of LTWF readers that are participating in NaNo!   ~ By Sarah J. Maas   ~~~ Okay, some of you might know that I’ve never done NaNoWriMo, and I’m not technically participating this year, but I AM in the midst of writing a top-secret new WIP. So while I don’ … Read More

via Let The Words Flow

10 Methods of Procrastination

Procrastination: according to that fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, procrastination is the act of putting off actions or tasks to a later time and psychologists often cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

Here are my top 10 NaNoWriMo procrastination methods

  1. Play Evony
  2. Play Majong Connect
  3. Play MuMu
  4. Make another cup of coffee
  5. Check my NaNoWriMo stats
  6. Read other peoples’ NaNoWriMo blogs
  7. Back up my NaNoWriMo files on a flash disk
  8. Eat chocolate
  9. Weigh myself (again)
  10. Look up interesting words on the internet

A personal best – 3,293 words in one day

Yes, in my efforts to catch up with my NaNoWriMo quota, I have written a whopping 3,293 words today. Sadly, 3,093 of them are probably rubbish, but at least I am writing.

Funnily enough, I had to force myself to sit down and write today. Why? I have come to an interesting point in the book, where various elements of the plot are coming together. I didn’t want to write because of one thing – fear; fear of not getting it right, fear of messing up.

Well, upward and onward. Half way through. Only 28,851 words to go.