The Start of NaNoSubMo!

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone out there trying to crank out 1,667 words each day in the month of November.

I’m not participating this year. I have a finished and polished novel ready for public consumption. Well, it’s ready for consumption by agents and editors. They’ll determine what changes are needed to make it ready for the public.

Instead of NaNoWriMo, I’m doing NaNoSubMo this year. This is a creature of my own invention. Curious? I hope so. Follow the link and check it out! Feel free to come back here and let me know what you think of the idea.


I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It’s not because I don’t believe in the process of encouraging writers. It’s because I have different plans this year!

I’ve decided to submit Warmaiden to one agent or editor each day in the month of November. I’m calling this National Novel Submission Month. Or… wait for it… NaNoSubMo!

I even went so far as to register a domain name for my efforts. If they pay off, I may expand the site into something people can register for and track their own queries. We’ll see if I get that deep into my insanity! You can follow my efforts of November over at

NaNoWriMo 2011 :: I’m In!

It’s already nearing the end of the work day here in Colorado, and I’ve just now decided that I’m going to jump in and do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve been pondering this for about week, and I’ve decided that the almost twenty thousand words of Warmistress just aren’t shaping up to be what I want them to be. I don’t like the direction the story is taking, nor how I’m getting there. I’m scrapping all the words. (Yes, with backups, just in case.)

I’m starting fresh with a blank page (okay, okay, LibreOffice ODT file) and heading down the trail to Laurin’s and Gerra’s next set of adventures.

Now to see if I can get to 50,000 words before the end of the month. It’ll be a tight ride since I’ve pretty much already lost a full day and my schedule doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.


I participated in NaNoWriMo for the past two years and had varying levels of success. Unfortunately, time constraints on me this year are preventing me from even taking a stab at things.

*big heavy sigh*

I hope to be able to jump into the fray next year!

NaNoWriMo 2009 – Results

NaNoWriMo 2009 rolled to a close last night, and I was writing right up until midnight in an attempt to squeeze out a few more words. I did get a few thousand more of them put into WARMAIDEN, but the NaNoWriMo site cut me off. I went there at two minutes to midnight (there’s my shout out to Iron Maiden fans), but the site had already locked down and claimed that NaNoWriMo 2009 had ended. I couldn’t put in my final tally of 44,435 words for the month.

If you recall, I had set an original goal of 10,000 words for the month of November. I hit that on the third day of the month and was ecstatic with my accomplishment. I knew I couldn’t keep up the pace of 3,333 words per day, so I set a new goal of 25,000 words. I managed to hit that on November 17th, but I didn’t stop just because I had reached my word count. I have a book to finish!

By the time the end of the month rolled around, I had reached my end total of 44,435 and I’m extremely happy with my accomplishment. I know. I know. I didn’t reach the magical 50,000th word for the month, so I can’t claim to be an official winner of the challenge. In my eyes, I’ve accomplished a great deal.

I’m up to 60,435 words in my novel, which puts me at around 60% complete with the first draft. I know that once I pump out the remaining 40,000-ish words in the book, that the real work of editing will begin. I’ve already put chapters 4-6 in front my critique groups, but I’ll have to wait and see what they say come the end of December. I’m hoping to have the entire book in front of them by February, so I can receive the feedback at the end of March. This will allow me the first part of April to revise as quickly as I can in time to present WARMAIDEN to agents at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Wish me luck! It’s a tight schedule.

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!

NaNoWriMo 2008 – Results

I fell drastically short of the magic number this year. Of course, the magic number was 50,000 words, and I came up with a “mere” 9,172, but I’m quite proud of that paltry number. It’s not 9,172 words of cranked out verbiage just for the sake of getting ink on paper. It’s top-notch (and even edited twice!) writing that I’m quite proud of. Shouldn’t I have been able to write more? Sure, if I had ignored other responsibilities, I could have easily doubled my word count. As it stands, I’m a full time software engineer, full time graduate student, full time father, full time husband, and a full time friend to many. This leaves little time for myself, and what little time I get, I do my best to try to do as much writing as I can.

OK. Enough of the excuses. I didn’t make it, but I’m not down on myself. I’ve heard from others that it takes up to three tries for someone to “win” NaNoWriMo. Will I try again next year and try to beat the odds? I’m not sure just yet. It’s too far away for me to know what kind of free time (or not) I’ll have when next November rolls around in eleven months. I’ll keep you informed, though.

Congratulations to all winners of NaNoWriMo 2008, and best of luck to those that try in the future!