NaNoWriMo - Update

I had to change my word count widget because the one I choose was not loading properly and not keeping up with my word count updates. The one you see over there seems to be the least temperamental. The actual word count is at the very top in teeny letters beneath my name. At the bottom of the counter is a red bar that moves along as my word count goes up.

So, for the first three days I have clocked in 4491 words. Not quite where I wanted to be on day three, but I am still pleased. My goal was 2084 words per day and if I had stuck to my goal I would have 6252 words right now. In fact I am really close to the bare minimum of 1667 words per day. I got stuck once, and managed to get through it by telling myself to move forward with the storyline. It is a tougher challenge than I thought, but I know my determination will see me through it.

I went to the library to return Duma Key and got Third Degree by Greg Iles. I figured that since reading helps motivate me into writing I had better get a new book. I have read most of Greg's books and really like his style. Highly recommended.

I also joined a writing forum called Absolute Write Water Cooler and have been chiming in on the NaNo discussions. There are a lot of fun people there. One writer, Jen at Scribbling, has a NaNo Catch Up Calculator on her blog. According to the Catch Up Calculator I have to write an average of 1686 words per day to meet my goal. For a new comer to NaNo I am very pleased that I am keeping, somewhat, on track. What does the Catch Up Calculator say about about your progress? How many words per day do you need to succeed?

With the rain drumming the windows outside and the fireplace blazing I think it is time to get comfortable and crack open my book.

11 comments:

Jen said...

Don't sweat the word count, CJ, or you'll freeze up. :D I did that last year and ended up dropping out early. So far so good this year.

Just have fun with it!

And thanks for the link. :)

NathanKP said...

I'd say that you're actually doing quite well in NaNoWriMo. Personally I could never keep up with the pace required. I have to write slowly as the inspiration strikes me.

Best of luck to you!

"With the rain drumming the windows outside and the fireplace blazing I think it is time to get comfortable and crack open my book."

Sounds like excellent conditions for reading and writing!

NathanKP - Imagination Manifesto

~Kat~ said...

You know you can do anything you put your mind to! Good start on the word count. The important thing is to just keep writing!

Autumn Heartsong said...

I'm impressed with everyone who takes on the NaNoWriMo challenge. Just keep it up! Love the look of your blog, by the way...nicely done.

Wonder Wyant said...

Wow, I can't even image counting the words I write. Amazing.

Beautiful blog you have here and I love your bookshelf.

Allan McDougall said...

Hope to read the finished product! Keep it up :)

Pink Ink said...

fireplace and rain...

I would want to tuck my legs under me too and write or read...

...or sleep. I'm dreaming of sleep :-)

-Pink Ink from AW

cannwin said...

I've heard that having word wars with other's helps alot in keeping your count up. Also last year they had this dare thread in the forums and you could accept a dare from someone that you would put some wildly silly segment in your work. This was fun and it helped me add words. I don't know if they have one over there this year, I haven't been to the forums.

The only other suggestion I have is to stock up for Thanksgiving. You won't get very much done that weekend and you'll need every word by then.

And don't give up! It's so worth it to finish.

Jill Wheeler said...

1498 per day according to that calculator!

loantime said...

It's a shame that I never heard about NaNoWriMo until after it started last year :( was really bored in November lol!

So-Cal Solar Inc. said...

Don't sweat the word count and just buckle down and write! Thanks for the link.