Quick NaNo update …

Avast, me hearties!

Sad news — my NaNo attempts have, once again, failed epicly. I was doing really well the first couple of days … and then it was Monday and there was work to be done, and … long story short, my NaNo dreams are rapidly dissolving. I’ll still tap out some words whenever I get the chance, but 50k seems tragically out of reach at the moment. Noooooooes!

That’s all for now. Back to work. Write on!


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47 thoughts on “Quick NaNo update …

  1. Welcome to the we are so not losers club. Free airline peanuts?

  2. I have exactly 0 words in my NaNo update and I am so proud. 😀 (And yes not a typo that is a zero).

  3. Chin up, and chop!chop! Get back to work! I’m not starting NaNo until Monday. Come on, Michelle – you can do it! Do it with me. 🙂

  4. You still have the whole month! 🙂 Last year, I ended up with about 12K words (that I actually ended up scrapping… sigh…), but that was still 12K more than I had at the beginning of the month.

  5. That’s pretty much what I just commented on ANOTHER friend’s blog, when she said she wasn’t nearly where she had hoped, either. Just keep doing it, because a little bit of something is better than nothing, right? In your unfortunate case, people (aka me) expect you to keep pumping out books now that you’ve released one already. Welcome to the hell of being a published author! xDD
    But really, no pressure. Whatever you get is more than you had. If I’m going to take anything away from this Nano, it’s just that I want to continue writing every day, even if after November it isn’t necessarily 1667 words. x)

    • Hahaha oh man, I didn’t realize people were expecting me to pump out books. Eek. I’d better get on that.

      Man, I’ve been so bad with writing, recently. I don’t know if it’s the creeping cold or the darkening nights or whatever. Just … blech!

      • I can totally understand that. Nothing makes me want to crawl back under my covers and sleep like waking up to cold and dark, ha ha! But we must sally forth.

        And yeah, I expect books. x) Maybe ‘pumping out’ is a bit strong. I’ll take 1 a year.

  6. I ran across the perfect quote on the subject, and unfortunately, I can find the blog I lifted it from, but someone said, “I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year because I’m too busy writing a novel.”

    I’m working on my next book right now, and I’m working the same way I would if it were February.

    • That’s because you’re a stellar author to whom we should all look for guidance 🙂 Down here in the trenches amongst us lowly author worms (that’s right, I said it) we need the promise of a false prize to spur us to victory!

  7. I wrote my first 43 words today. Forty-three. Then I closed my laptop and congratulated myself on a job well-done. Leaving for Montreal tomorrow and I know I won’t get any writing done there, so a goal of 50 words by the end of the month isn’t unreasonable…

    • Well, with 43, you’re practically at the finish line already 🙂 Seriously though, getting started is the hardest part, and you’ve done it! Huzzah!!!!!

  8. kingmidget

    I’m there with you. As I’ve now acknowleged … I’m shooting for my own challenge … Half-NaNo. Care to join me?

  9. My first attempt is not going well either – damn real life getting in the way!

  10. Does your image refer to “Ender’s Game”?

  11. I so admire anyone who even attempts NaNoWriMo! Hang in there, Michelle–we’re cheering you on from the sidelines!

  12. I’m doing NaNo for the first time myself. So far, so good, except for the moment on day four when I realized I had written about halfway through my outline in a highly compressed fashion. Like short story compressed.

    Still not sure if I have enough detail on the second go through. I may have to get to the end, and go back and flesh things out a third time.

    Less is not more. Less is less. o.O

    • Hahaha oh dear, that’s not good! And heck, there’s nothing wrong with fleshing things out. When I was editing my novel, I ended up going in and adding like 5 chapters in the middle because it wasn’t fleshed out enough. Just remember that stories are like peaches — the fleshier, the better 🙂

      • Yeah, identifying your flaws is a good thing. I have tendency to brevity in the face of all other reasons to the contrary.

        Good for short stories and poems… not so good for novels. 😉

  13. Hey…at least you entered and got started, Michelle! I’ve never even gone so far as to enter! *Sigh* Maybe next year….

    • It’s not too late! You can still enter!!!!!!

      Although as it’s now past the halfway point, that might be utter madness. Only time will tell 🙂

      • Um…I believe I’ll just wait ’til next year! Starting now would be hair pulling time and I don’t have any to pull out! 😀

  14. Nina Kaytel

    Don’t give up just yet! You may hit a roll. This is my first NaNo ever, I have to say it is great practice and fun. Engage in the story you want to write and the word count will take care of itself.
    Love and Hugs!

    • The annoying part is that I’m actually full of ideas — I just don’t have the time to write them down! Although here I am, on my blog instead of writing. Perhaps that’s part of the problem … 😀

      • Nina Kaytel

        But blogging is so fun! A better distraction than going off on youtube… oh look cat videos …. a giant centipede fighting a snake … alien video … and hour later, what did I come here for?

  15. Well, at least you’re honest with yourself. I’m still telling myself that I’ll hit 50k by month’s end. The last time I actually wrote? nearly two weeks ago. :-/ But my eternal optimism causes me to press forward nonetheless. By the way, got room for another writing buddy on the NaNo site? 🙂

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