Friday, November 1, 2013

The Plan (NaNoWriMo Edition)

It's November 1st, and that means so many things, but fortunately, they all kind of run together. And they all involve goals. Which normally happens on Monday, but I guess it's a special bonus Friday. Or maybe 'special' and 'bonus' are the wrong words to use here.

Anyway, first up is a review of the goals I set for myself last month:

1. Complete first draft of Part Two of Second Nature.

Yeah. I didn't do this. Again. Still. Maybe it's a bad excuse/reason, but my day job kicked my ass and all my writing efforts were ground to a near halt. It's seriously been two weeks since I last opened my WIP.

2. Finalize Effigy Blurb.

Didn't do this either. I didn't even attempt it. I am neither proud nor happy to admit this, but I was suffering from a pretty severe attack of "It's [publishing] never going to happen, so what's the point?"-itis. I like to think I'm now out of this mindset, though. (However long that lasts...)

3. Walk/run 50 miles.

The only goal I accomplished last month. I logged a total of 88 miles in October. This means that I have officially exceeded my year-long goal of running/walking (and it's all walking, even if I like to pretend otherwise) 500 miles. Yay me.

Next up are my new goals for November. Well, goal. It's just the one goal:

1. Win NaNoWriMo.

My original goal for this month was to write Part Three of Second Nature (hereafter known by its proper name Reckoning). My inability to complete Part Two (hereafter known as Lineage) has made the original goal slightly more difficult. I supposed I could just write Reckoning based on where I project Lineage will end up, but that idea makes my stomach hurt (yeah, it's the idea and not the ten pounds of Halloween candy I ate last night making my stomach hurt), and I don't think I want to do that.

So here's the revised goal: write 50,000 words. In Lineage, in Reckoning, or some combination of the two. I mean, for all I know, I'll need 50,000 words to finish Lineage. But that doesn't matter. What matters is the goal:

50,000 brand spanking new words for Second Nature.

This WIP is currently sitting at a whopping 145,045 words (47,542 of which belong to Lineage). I'm still having a bit of a hard time imagining another 50,000 words, but if all goes well this month, this WIP will be at 195,045 words come December 1st.

Yikes.

That's going to do it for me today. As always, thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend.

49 comments:

  1. I only just committed to NaNo, so I am already behind. Yikes. Congratulations on being focused.

    Rhonda, celebrating at Laugh-Quotes

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    1. My third year of NaNo, I didn't even start until Day 5. Still managed a win, though, so I'm sure you'll be fine.

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  2. Best of luck with NaNo! You can do it!

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  3. Wow! Good luck! You can do it! At least a portion of it.

    Hugs and chocolate!

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    1. If I get half way there, I think I'll be happy.

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  4. Glad you came out ahead with the miles!
    Go ahead and combine those for NaNo. 50,000 words is still 50,000 words.

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    1. I'm glad I got the mileage thing done, too. I had no idea if that had been a realistic goal, so I'm thrilled that it was.

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  5. I'm finally doing NaNo for the first time. Good luck with yours!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. Best of luck to you, too!

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  6. I'm doing something similar with NaNo - my goal is to write a novella, but I'm not sure if the idea has legs yet, so it might end up being a series of stories or something like that instead. But it will be at least fifty thousand words no matter what.

    Accomplishing your fitness goal is excellent! I didn't so well with that at all, but I was happy that I achieved a number of writing goals, including getting my flash fiction collection out there. Finally.

    Good luck with everything!

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    1. I'm a little afraid that my idea doesn't have legs either. Which, if that turns out to be true, means I'm in big trouble...and not just about NaNoWriMo either.

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  7. I could hardly sleep thinking about Nano... and here I am blogging (aka procrastinating). Best of luck and congrats on that walking. Holy moly that's GREAT!

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    1. Procrastinating...yeah, I know nothing about that. =)

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  8. Think of it this way - you are 3/4 of the way done already!

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    1. I'm really afraid I'm only half way done.

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  9. Wow- that'a a lot of words! I have many unfinished WIPs from past NaNos that I haven't looked at for MUCH longer than two weeks, so try not to get so down on yourself. Just refocus on NaNo, like you're doing, and write!

    Spaking of which, and forgive me if we are and I already forgot, but are we NaNo writing buddies? Cause if not, we should be. I'm Bevimus. (If w did already connect remind of your NaNo name and I'll stop by and say hi!)

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    1. I have three unfinished NaNo manuscripts. Two of the three are slightly more than 50k, so they were winners, just never finished. The third (last years) didn't even come close.

      My NaNo name is (very cleverly) M.J. Fifield.

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  10. Great job on the walking/running miles!
    Best of luck with NaNo :D

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  11. I need to up the amount of miles I log. I don't want to get fatter than I already am.

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    1. You could look into getting a retail job. I can get a lot of mileage out of a shift. Come Black Friday, I'll probably log about 10 miles.

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  12. My goal's also to get to 50k regardless of the projects I'm working on. I need to get the words down, since I want to publish all those stories.

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    1. Ah, publishing. Some day I hope to join you in that magical land.

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  13. Good luck with NaNo! And well done on your mileage - walking is just as fantastic as running :-)

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  14. You go kick some NaNo butt! Try not to have panic attacks -- it's just stress from The Store talking, probably.

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  15. A. Goals are great, they really are, but they're not always a writer's best friend.
    B. It doesn't matter what you write as long as you do.
    C. Don't let the word count scare you. It's not important.
    D. I believe in you.
    E. I want to read your stuff.
    F. Write.

    I wish you the very best of luck. Open your heart and your mind and write.

    Heather

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    1. No, goals aren't always a writer's best friend, but I still want to set them. Need to set them. Even if my success rate has plummeted this year.

      Thanks for the encouragement. It's much appreciated.

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  16. Good luck with your goal. I feel you on the day job and not opening any WIPs. I still haven't looked at your notes for the story you critiqued, but hopefully, with work calming back down (for who knows how long) I won't be so drained emotionally and physically that I can focus on writing and editing.

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    1. The Store won't really calm down until January. How I love that month. Here's hoping for a nice, long stretch of calm time for you!

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  17. Wishing you good luck with all your goals and especially NaNo! :-)

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  18. Yeah, my day job stuff is kicking my butt, too. I can't remember the last time I touched any of my fiction. (Non fiction, on the other hand, I've been writing a lot of. If you consider school papers non fiction.) And November... Yikes.

    I heard somewhere that walking is better for you than running. Running is high impact on your lower extremities. Walking is more natural, so it's better for your overall health. If that makes a difference...

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    1. I do consider school papers nonfiction.

      If only walking looked as cool as running...because I am all about being cool, you know. =)

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  19. Good luck! We'll both need it to finish... ;)

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  20. Unfortunately, day jobs have to take precedence. It's the most unfair thing ever.

    Have fun with NaNo. Good luck!

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    1. I need to find a day job that involves watching television and eating donuts. Then I would mind it taking precedence...

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  21. Congrats on the walking! Work has severely interfered with my writing, too. So, lots of sympathy/empathy for you there. Good luck with NaNo. I STILL haven't made up my mind whether to do it or not!

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    1. I was undecided on NaNo for a while too, but it always wins out in the end. I just can't help myself.

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  22. Wow...you are rocking the word count and the mileage count. Congrats! So what if you didn't accomplish all of your goals? You had a reasonable excuse in my book. I mean, how often is it that the Red Sox win the World Series?

    What's that? Three times in the past decade, you say? haha I'm still using it as my excuse. :D

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    1. That's an excellent point...I think I'll use that as my excuse, too.

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  23. Kudos to you on the walking and NaNo. I'd done/am doing neither. :-D I did attempt NaNo in 2008, didn't finish, though I did come up with the kernel for a story I dig (er, haven't finished it yet, haha).
    Check Out Mina's Resurrection Blogfest II!

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    1. Technically, I've never finished any of my NaNo projects either. But I like them, so I hope to get to them some day.

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  24. Sorry your day job and those pesky doubts kept you from completing all your goals! At least you've finally shaken free from your "It's never going to happen, so what's the point?"-itis. (Mindsets like that are the worst!) Anyway, good luck with NaNo! 50K words in one month is such a huge challenge, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Maybe not completely free, but I'm a work in progress, too.

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  25. 88 miles is no joke! That is a great goal to accomplish, I'm sure it helped with stress while the job went crazy. Good luck with Nano!

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