NaNoWriMo – The 2010 Challange Begins

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series NaNoWriMo 2010

I’ve decided to set myself a challenge.  So I am taking part in this years NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who have been reading this blog for over a year, or have read back entries I say this to you  “Yes. I know I say this every year, and yes I fail more often than not, but this year is different.” For you newer readers I say :-

NaNoWriMo? you ask

National Novel Writing Month. Its a yearly challenge where people try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. (that’s 1666ish words a day! for those of you interested in such maths.) More information can be found on the NaNoWriMo website.

So, Pens at the ready (Symbolical pens as I will be using a keyboard) and lets begin.

I will post weekly updates to shame myself into writing.

NaNoWriMo Weekly Update [1]

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series NaNoWriMo 2010

I said I would do weekly updates to try and shame me into actually getting a better score this year in NaNoWriMo than I have in previous attempts.

So this is the first update. exactly a week after the start of the challenge, and I have not done very much really. In my defense last week included, Halloween Celebrations, Samhain, My Birthday, Installation Planning/Night, Bonfire Night, and was very busy.

So I am seven days behind, I have done some planning, and I have some basic ideas. OK, seven days does equate to approximately 11,500 words, but I am not worried YET.

Actual Word Count: 0

Projected Word Count: 11500

NaNoWriMo Weekly Update [2]

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series NaNoWriMo 2010

OK. Why cant we have NaNoWriMo in some other month? How about May? May is a quiet month? Why do we have to have it in November, which always seems to start off as one of the busiest times in my year? Then after much drinking/eating/Lack of sleep I tend to get run down and end up with the flu or some other such illness which slows me down even more.

Its a conspiracy I tell you.

Anyway. Thanks to a bit of work done last week while waiting in the hospital for an eye checkup, and more done yesterday while between events at the Karate competition, and the odd random bit of writing here and there I have actually got a start on my story.

Well two starts really as I have two bits on the go from the same story but at different parts of the book, which means when I’m stuck on one bit I can jump to the other. So I have made a start, and Half way through the month I have already beaten my records from previous years attempts, So I have done what I set out to do, and actually do better than I have previously.

Actual Word Count: 2500

Projected Word Count: 23000

NaNoWriMo Weekly Update [3]

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Its update time again, has it really been a week since the last one? Where has the time gone? I know its not gone on writing my NaNoWriMo, due to one thing or another.  In fact I have a provisional deal with a friend that we will pick a less busy month next year and have a private challenge.

As for this months challenge, I have not done so well, I have however got the outline of what I think is a good story, and I have some of the skeleton built it just needs fleshing out with lots of words.

Actual Word Count: 5000

Projected Word Count: 34500

NaNoWriMo Weekly Update [4]

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series NaNoWriMo 2010

Its NaNoWriMo update time again.

R:You realise its Tuesday Right? The update posts are on a Monday!

GN:Yes I know its Tuesday. But its also the last day of November. So instead of doing the normal Monday update, and then another end of month post on Tuesday, So i’ve decided to combine them.

R:OK. that seems fair, if not a bit lazy!

GN:Why do I hear your questions in my mind as if they are read out by the Comic Book Guy from the Simpson’s?

R:My guess would be, because you’ve been listening to Wil Wheatons ‘Just a Geek’ and in his FAQ section he does the CBG’s voice when he reads questions that are patronising or stupid.

GN: At least I’m not going insane then

R: well I wouldn’t say that

So anyway, update time. I’ve not done as much as I would have liked, and as such you could say I failed this years NaNoWriMO. You may say that, but I would not, since this year I have done the most number of words than I have at any other attempt. So I am claiming this as a victory. “Yeh Go ME!

Actual Word Count: 10000

Projected Word Count: 50000