Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4: NaNoWriMo 2012

Yesterday was weak. Today was wick-ed.

Get it? Get it? Weak -- Wicked?

Come on! Give me a break, okay? I'm tired. I tried to come up with something that rhymed and that's the best I could do.

Today I nailed down 4,956 words. Yes, I basically doubled the output of my first three days on my fourth day. That puts my novel's grand total to 9,667.

As happy as I am about the results, I know that there will be days that I will not be able to produce more than a few hundred words. This is the truth about word counts -- daily goals are okay... weekly are superior. Some days will fall flat and others will give you gifts like the one I received today.

What went well today? Three important things:

(1) Yesterday was a busy day for family and friends, and although I got in about 1,300 words, there was a lot more I wanted to write. The nice thing about stopping when you still know what you want to write next is that the next writing session receives a turbo boost.

(2) As my day progressed yesterday, additional lines, scenes, and conflicts continued to bubble up. I took notes in my handy dandy notepad (you do have one, right?)

(3) And possibly the most important thing is what I posted on Twitter
The support I get from my wife is the driving force behind my work. Couldn't do it without her. And no, she does not read my blog, so I will get no points out of this one :)

I may try to squeak in a few more words, but I'm in a good place right now. I know what I want the next scene to include. I think I'll sleep on it and, as Stephen King says, let the boys in the basement do their magic while I sleep. 

Fight the good fight!


  1. Hey,

    Well done on the Turbo Boost and I know *exactly* what you mean when the Spouse grants us a few extra hours.

    Mrs. G. is obviously a kind and smart woman :)

    1. Thanks! I don't refer to Mrs. G as Wonder Woman for no reason :) And it has nothing to do with her height and long black hair. Hope you're well Mark!

  2. Nice! Last week turned out to be more of a struggle than I expected, but I'm hoping to do better this week. I find that the words come faster once I get more into a story. Good luck keeping it up!

    1. Thanks, Gwen. What you described is the truth about writing. Sometimes we get in a groove and things fall into place. And then there are those days where we struggle. But when we stick to it, the breakthrough (hopefully!) comes. Continued success with your progress!

  3. Great work, Ara! Keep it up and you'll reach 50k in no time. :)

    1. Thanks, Ava. The finish line will be a function of the number of Nutella jars and cans of Espresso Beans left in my house :)


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