I’m sad to see the end of NaNo 2016. I finished with about 58,000 words and it should have been more. I’ll blame my failure to reach my personal goal of 60K on the distraction of a new dog and college football. I’d blame the presidential election, but honestly, I voted early and just tuned that obnoxiousness out.
Congratulations to my cousin, Jennifer Burgraff, on completing her first NaNo. Way to go, Jenny! You’re a terrific writer, and I’m incredibly proud of you for hanging in there and doing this.
Thank you to Mr. Scott for being so tolerant of my pursuits. A big thank you also goes out to all my family and friends also. Your encouragement is always greatly appreciated.
I’m also really proud that once again my 58,000 words are original content and part of the actual story. One of my friends pointed out that I could add to my word count by just typing the same word multiple times. Interestingly, one of the suggestions from the NaNo folks is to do just that if you’re stuck. Some people write the same word, some write a sentence, and some type song lyrics. I get it. Whatever works to get you started. But it’s not for me. I write for the story and if it’s fewer words then so be it.
On my best day, I wrote 5,347 words. On my worst day only 322. My most productive days were Tuesdays when I averaged 2618 words. My worst days were Saturdays when I averaged just 683. I’m frankly surprised I did that well considering the amount of college football I watched. The third week was my strongest when I wrote 16K.
NaNo is a reminder of just how goal oriented and focused I can be. This book is currently about 3/5 of the way done, and I think I can finish this beast by mid-December. However, lurking out there are the edits for No Safe Haven. My inner control freak wants to attack those and get them over with so I can get the book out. After all, my 10 loyal fans are waiting. Knowing they’re sitting there and not getting them done is tough. There are also the beta reads for Book VII of the Blood Link Series to be completed and that story still requires a full self-edit and clean up. Also out there is Book VIII, which is about half written with story notes piling up. That’s a lot of irons in my fire with the holidays coming.
Still, I’m compelled to move on with this story and strike while the iron is hot – sheesh, that’s two branding references for no good reason this morning. So, for now, I’m going to keep my head down and pursue this story with Lisa and Skip – still not sold on her name – they sound a little too gooey and I don’t know why. Maybe the problem is his name… damn it… these are the little things that can annoy me no end and I just have to write through them. Arrrgggghhhh!
So, that it from NaNo 2016.
Once again, THANK YOU for all the support and kind words.