Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 with the Ferrets!

The Ferrets wrap up NaNo! It’s been a crazy month, which is a large part of why I haven’t been posting as much, but here’s a brief look at how we all ended our biggest writing month of the year and what our final word counts (or hours count, as the case may be) were.

The Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society

It’s time for triumph! Right?

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Each of the Ferrets below launched herself into NaNo – with or without a plan, to be quite honest with you, and not all of those plans survived engagement with NaNoWriMo proper – and forged ahead, making progress on her chosen project (or projects).

We attended write-ins, we made ourselves laugh or cry – and that’s just at the process of writing, before we even get to the content – we developed some truly impressive NaNo-fingers and NaNo-brains leading to nifty new and creative typos. . .

Life forgot that there’s supposed to be an allowance for NaNo and threw obstacles in our paths, but we made it through anyway!

Let’s say goodbye to NaNoWriMo for this year with a last word from each of us about this year’s session and our works for it.

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NaNoWriMo 2014 – First Update?!?

Participant-2014-Twitter-ProfileIt’s amazing how quickly this month has flown by. I meant to do my weekly NaNo updates as I have every year since 2011, but this year it just seems like it wasn’t in the cards. So here’s where I am so far!

Minimum word count for November 18: 30,000/50,000

My word count: 29,469/50,000

Current story count: 5 drafts complete

Adventures in NaNoing: Why yes, you read that correctly. “Current story count” is a new statistic!

That’s because this year I didn’t have a story I could expand to a full novel this year, so I decided to write short stories and novellas. This also gave me the chance to get a few stories I’ve had in my head for awhile on paper, and it is kind of nice to practice writing in a shorter format than what I usually do.

By “five drafts complete,” I mean I’ve finished first drafts on five stories. Some need more editing than others. 😀

If you look at my graph on the site, you’ll see that this year I’m tracking along almost exactly with the daily word count. I think this is in a large part because I’m doing multiple shorter works, as opposed to one giant one. It’s occasionally difficult to get traction on a short story the way I would a novel, because whereas there I’d have one scene that’s 2500 words, with the short stories, that’s my entire word count. Plus, with switching between different stories and characters, it sometimes drains me faster than just being able to immerse myself in a single story, so even my big word count days aren’t as high as they usually are.

That being said, it’s also EXTREMELY satisfying to accomplish little goals in NaNo, not just by hitting my word count, but also by finishing a story draft. 🙂 I like being able to look over a story and go, “Yeah, this is done!” and then set it aside to edit the first week of December.

So far, NaNo itself has been tremendously satisfying as well. We had 40 (40!!) people show up at IHOP on Halloween for our midnight kickoff, which was a bit of a mess but still so, so much fun. There are few things I enjoy more than getting to start writing with a big group right at midnight. It feels like we start the month of right that way. 😀

We also had a mid-month party for the second year in a row, and spent the evening hanging out at a comic shop, eating pizza and cupcakes and talking about random things while one of our WriMos did manicures for those who wanted them. It was nice to have a break from the writing madness and get to see people who hadn’t gotten to come to some of the other in-person events.

Of course, next week is Thanksgiving, which means at LEAST two days of no writing, possibly three. I’m looking forward to seeing my family, but I am equally glad there’s a full weekend at the end of the month so I can catch up on my word count. 🙂

For you other NaNo writers, how’s your month going? Are you staying on target? Insanely behind? Insanely ahead?

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Final Update

Another year, another NaNoWriMo down the pipe. A part of me still can’t quite believe it’s December now. Of course, that was not the part of me that slept in until 11 a.m. on Sunday because I finally could.

(Well, slept in between bouts of my yowling cat waking me up at God-forsaken hours of the morning.)

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The last week of November was a whirlwind, as you might expect, between three final write-ins, traveling for the holidays, and hanging out with family. Wednesday was the only day all MONTH that I didn’t write at least a little bit, because between work and travel and family, I didn’t even sit down at my computer to write until 12:30 in the morning, when it was already Thursday.

Like last year, we had a Last Chance Write-in on Saturday night. Unlike last year, we did it at a local coffee shop that’s open till 2 a.m. on Saturdays, which ended up being a LOT of fun. The whole coffee shop is book-themed, and we got to reserve their private library room for our group. So: food, beverages, beverages with alcohol, and books? It was a good time overall.

We also got to introduce NaNoWriMo to some new people who wandered into the room while we were there, which was a lot of fun as well. At midnight, once November was officially over, we celebrated with chocolate fondue, courtesy one of our WriMos. So we ended NaNo as we began it: on a sugar high, way too late at night. 🙂

I finished the month with just over 60k and a story that’s, as usual, still not done. I will not even attempt to guesstimate how much I have left to write, but hopefully I’ll be able to crank out whatever’s left before the end of the year.

Which is in one month, apparently.

As always, I’m alternately sad and relieved to see November in the rearview mirror. It’s a relief to have everything done, to know I’ve got a several-month break before we need to start planning for 2014. But at the same time, it’s sad that I won’t be seeing everybody every week (sometimes twice a week), because every year I meet awesome new people.

Writing is such a solitary pursuit that it’s nice to have times when we all get together and do it in a group, to joke with and encourage each other. It’s amazing, and that’s one of my favorite parts of the year.

NaNoWriMo 2013 By the Numbers

Novel Stuff
Final official word count: 60,068/50,000
Most words written in a day: 4,617
Fewest words written in a day: 0
Number of pages in MS Word: 106 (Times New Roman, 12 pt., single-spaced)
Number of characters (with spaces): 333,542 (the equivalent of almost 2,383 tweets)
Number of paragraphs: 1,990
Number of scenes, since the story isn’t broken into chapters yet: 39
Number of viewpoints: 3
Number of fight scenes I’ve written: 2
Number of sex scenes I’ve written: 3
Number of author’s notes: 11
Number of author’s notes pointing out where I’d contradicted myself in the story: 3

Write-in Stuff
Number of hours spent at write-ins: 48.5
Average write-in attendance: 13
Highest number of attendees at a write-in: 27
Lowest number of attendees at a write-in: 7
Number of popsicle sticks that fell off the graveyard: 6
Number of characters I put in the graveyard: 0 (No one is more shocked about this than I am, guys, seriously.)
Number of charger cables left behind: 2
Number of headphones left behind: 1

Regional Stuff
Number of members: 1,670
Number of homed participants (people who claim Tulsa as home): 1,342
Number of active participants (homed participants that wrote this year): 345
Number of winners: 77 (22.3%!)
Number of words we wrote as a region: 6,646,907
Average word count: 19,266

NaNoWriMo and #WriteMotivation – Week 4

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

So apparently November is almost over. And as with every year, I really can’t believe it’s gone by so fast.

We’ve got a few more write-ins coming up this week to help everybody get their word count over the Thanksgiving holidays, but by the end of next weekend, it’ll officially be December.

And now, for the goal updates:

1. Write at least 50,000 words in November.

Minimum word count for November 25: 41,666/50,000

My word count: 51,307/50,000

Adventures in NaNoing: I broke 50,000 words! I was trying my best to cross the 50k mark before all my Thanksgiving travel plans, and I did so Sunday morning, about an hour before I had to go to have Thanksgiving with my dad’s family. 🙂

I’m either right at the halfway point for the story or right beyond it, which is encouraging. We’ll see how much further I can get through this by Saturday! (Because November ends on Saturday, WTF.)

And I also realized, while talking to my brother this weekend, that this is the first time I’ve hit 50,000 words and haven’t had at least one fight scene, nor a single on-screen death. This whole romance-is-the-main-plot thing is WEIRD.

On the plus side, my next scene should get some action in. (FINALLY. Wonder if I can kill off a named character then?)

2. Stay sane throughout the entire month.
Oddly, this month has, overall, been a little less stressful for me, at least on the NaNo front. I haven’t felt as much worry with what’s going on with my story (perhaps because I planned the hell out of it beforehand), though I have still been running around with my ML-related duties.

In fact, my roommate even mentioned that I seemed less stressed this NaNo than in previous ones, which was nice to hear. (Poor guy’s had to put up with me doing NaNo every year we’ve lived together.)

This is my last #writemotivation update, but next week I’ll have my annual NaNo by the numbers post!

So how’s your November going? Ready to kick it into gear for the last week?

NaNoWriMo and #WriteMotivation – Week 3

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

UPDATE POST WOO.

1. Write at least 50,000 words in November.

Minimum word count for November 18: 30,000/50,000

My word count: 36,713/50,000

Adventures in NaNoing: HOLY COW THEY’RE FINALLY MARRIED I FINALLY WROTE THE WEDDING.

I also might have run around the house shouting “A wedding! A wedding! We’re going to have a wedding!” when I finished the scene before it, because my love for Danny Elfman songs knows no bounds. And also because seriously, I did not think it would take me nearly thirty thousand words to reach the first major plot point.

Yeah, I know. Pacing problems, I has them.

I have also, shockingly, managed to keep myself from wandering off into any non-NaNo projects or (EVEN MORE SHOCKINGLY) from writing dopey happy stories set 2-3 years in the future.

Of course, I might have skipped forward and written the happy “I love you” scenes because seriously, the wedding night is full of awkwardness and zero communication and dammit, there’s only so much of that I can take before my brain hits the fluff switch.

This is the last full week before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving travel plans will be…interesting. Not sure how much I’ll be able to write next week, so I’m going to try to get through as much of this story as I can before I start driving all over creation.

2. Stay sane throughout the entire month.
Stay on target…stay on target…

NaNoWriMo and #WriteMotivation – Week 2

We interrupt this #WriteMotivation post for some high-pitched squeaky noises:

Why yes, yes, there are TWO new trailers for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode on November 23.

Why yes, yes, I’m so very excited, you have no idea. 😀 I can’t WAIT to see more from Ten and Eleven and how they interact.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

And now, back to the goal updates!

1. Write at least 50,000 words in November.

Minimum word count for November 11: 18,333/50,000

My word count: 22,306/50,000

Adventures in NaNoing: I can’t believe how quickly we’re approaching the halfway point of the month, and how quickly I am not approaching the halfway point of this story.

I knew it would be longer than 50k (when do I ever write something that ends up being 50k? Never, I tell you) but now I’m starting to wonder just how MUCH longer it’s going to be. I ended up adding two new scenes to my outline this weekend, in order to make things run a little bit more smoothly, and each one’s probably going to be close to 2,000 words, if not a bit more.

I’m hoping to finish both of those scenes at some point today because I’ve got a wedding to write, y’all.

Then again, there’s a chance I’m going to see Thor: The Dark World tonight, in which case, screw it, I’ll get these scenes finished at the write-in tomorrow. 😀

2. Stay sane throughout the entire month.
Last week saw several major development projects at work completed, and others getting to points that I’ll be able to complete them early this week, which will make it a little easier to write in the evenings.

Of course, that means I’ll have three MORE development projects hit me this week with fast deadlines, but hey, a girl can dream, right?

How’s your month going? Staying on target?