Monthly Archives: November 2009

NaNoWriMo 2009 — Status #2

Last night, thanks to the PPW‘s Chris Mandeville and her great organizational skills, I was able to throw a few more words out at the screen. My grand total for the month thus far is 25,726 words. That means I hit my personal goal of 25,000 words. Will I make the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo this month? It’s doubtful, but I think I’ll get really close. I’m very happy with the prose that I’ve generated so far this month, and I think it will stand the test of time and my critique groups in the CSFWG.

This puts me at a total of 41,726 words for my book, and I’m envisioning it to be around 90,000 to 110,00 words when I’m done. It’s a bit long for a first novel, so I may have to cull out some of my more wordy passages, but we’ll see how things go. I’m almost half way done with the book! Yay!


NaNoWriMo 2009 — Status

I’m eleven days into NaNoWriMo, and I’ve managed to crank out 20,000 words. That puts me at a grand total of 36,000 for the book. Having reached this milestone is a great one for me. I’m one-third the way through my word count, and an equal distance through my plotline and page counts. I managed to reach page 101 with the 36,000th word, and I was expecting to write about 300 pages on the book. This makes me very happy as it feels like everything is falling right into place according to my plan.

I can’t wait to get the manuscript (in 50 pages increments) in front of my CSFWG critique groups to see what they think of the first draft that I have done so far. I’m sure they’ll come up with all sorts of great ideas and improvements. They always do.


NaNoWriMo 2009 — Crushed My Goal Already

I set my personal goal for NaNoWriMo this year at 10,000 words. Thanks to the Pikes Peak Writers and Chris Mandeville for setting up the NaNoTRYMo this year. I spent 3 hours writing at the PPW Write-in and cranked out over 6,000 words in that 3 hours. It’s amazing what you can do when surrounded by creative energy, general silence and the desire to put words down. Combine those 6,000 words with the 3,000-some-odd I already had down, and my new total is 10,039!

I crushed my goal already and it’s only three days into November!

Now that I’ve already accomplished my goal in just 3 days, I’m setting a new goal: 25,000 words by the end of the month. I think I can reach that one as well. Who knows? Maybe in 3-4 days I’ll be posting that I crushed that goal as well. If so, I’ll set a new goal and keep going until the month is out.

Oh. Since I pumped 10,000 words into OpenOffice what is the quality of writing, you might ask? It’s great, I think. It’s very high quality, first draft work. Yes, that means that I’ll need to go back, polish, edit, clean up and improve upon the work. I don’t know of a single person that gets it all right on the first go around. I’m certainly not one of them. It usually takes me four drafts of a short story before I feel confident in submitting it for publication. I hope I don’t have to do four drafts of my novel before submitting it, but if I have to go down that road, so be it.

Wish me luck on hitting my new goal!


NaNoWriMo 2009

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, and I hope to do better this year than I did last year. Last year, I cranked out a little over 9,000 words. I’m setting my personal goal at 10,000 words for this year. I’m two days in and have a little under 4,000 words in the bank. If you’re looking for me on the site, find ‘jtevans’ and befriend me.

The project that I’m working on this month is my fantasy novel by the title of WARMAIDEN. We’ll see how it goes with me cranking on the keyboard. I may beat my personal goal, and get closer to the 50,000 words than I think I might!