“NaNoWriMo Update” or “I’ve Been Busy”

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Hello faithful followers!

First, I wanted to thank everyone who voted for the story I am writing for NaNoWriMo. I have started “The One with the Apocalypse” and it has been going surprisingly well!

I actually started with an outline this year and it has been transformative. I have tried to outline in the past, but always got bogged over one thing or another. This year I found an outline format that seemed to click for me and it has made writing so much easier for me! I don’t know if I will ever go back to pantsing after this.

NaNoWriMo Day 1 Prep

NaNoWriMo Day 1 Prep

I was very excited the evening of October 31st. While everyone else was taking their kiddies out for some trick or treating, or trying to dress up as a sexy grape, I was swaddled in my hoodie and power chugging tea, outlining and prepping for midnight to strike. I was quick out of the gates and wrote for a steady three hours until not even tea could keep me going. I spend the rest of the weekend writing. I saw some daylight, but it was only to get discounted Halloween candy, and then parked my butt in my seat and wrote. I discovered the joy, and amazing word count crushing ability, of twitter hosted writing sprints. I got about 12,000 words cranked out over three days which isn’t too shabby.

Writing hoodie activate!

Writing hoodie activate!

I wrote a few lines here and there early in the week, but then my routine was crushed by a business trip to a sunny, magical, destination. I got a few hundred words cranked out at the airport, but not nearly as many as I would have liked. I wrote nothing during the week and weekend. I got back early this week and have been struggling adjusting to snow and cold. It simply isn’t fair that some people just get to live in the warm sunny places!

I am a bit behind, but not so much so it will put my goal of 50, 000 words by the end of the month out of reach. I planned for this. Tomorrow is a sit in at a Starbucks in my area and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be there with bells on (oh no…was that a Christmas reference?). I plan on plopping myself on my couch this weekend and just cranking out a solid word count. I have been constantly thinking about my plot, even if I haven’t been writing it, and I have a few solid scenes set out in my mind- I just have to get them down on paper.

I am excited to be well on my way to achieving not only a goal of 50,000 words, but also an honest to goodness start to finish novel in 30 days. If I can do that, who knows, maybe I can actually finish the monstrosity of a novel I started over ten years ago!

Are you NaNoWriMo’ing this year? Add me as a writing Buddy! http://nanowrimo.org/participants/richter-amanda
What software are you using, or are you writing by hand? What is your word count? Let’s talk shop! Leave me a comment or follow me on Twitter!

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