NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event where writers try to complete a 50,000-word draft in November. This is my 5th, and final progress report.
This week’s Word Count
It’s the last day of the month, and The NaNoWriMo HQ Team has verified my final word count as: 50,212
I passed the 50k mark around 8 pm on November 30th. I did it! I set a goal for myself, I worked every day to achieve it, and I accomplished my goal. Yay me! Continue Reading
Based on a (sort of) true story
All month long, I’ve been working on the first draft a manuscript for #NaNoWriMo2016 As I was discussing my #WiP with another writer, I mentioned that my subplot includes pranksters who dress up like a ghost. She told me there’s currently a creepy clown epidemic in this country… I had no idea Continue Reading
Diversity in my WiP
The mix of characters in my WiP reflects the diversity of my experience in the SF Bay Area. It only seemed natural to me to have my characters reflect the diversity of the place where the story takes place.
While discussing my Work in Progress (WiP/Two weeks into this, and I’m already learning the lingo!) with one of the other NaNoWriMo participants, she told me about this group called, We Need Diverse Books.
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, an annual event where writers try to complete a 50,000-word draft in November. This is my 2nd progress report.
This week’s Word Count
Second report of the month and my word count is now,
Hopefully, I can keep this up for a strong finish! Continue Reading
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) spans the month of November which ends on a Wednesday this year. Because of that, Wednesdays are the days I’ll be posting updates every week.
As a first-time participant, I have pledged to write 50,000-word words of the first draft of a new novel in 30 days. Each week, I will report my word count totals as part of a “Wednesday Weigh-In” series. This video is my 1st progress report.
My word count right now is, 2,571
At a minimum, I need to write about 1,667 words every day to reach the 50k threshold. Given that metric, I’m already ahead by about 904 words! Hopefully, I can keep this up! Continue Reading
With one week to go before the event officially begins, I have completed more than half of my summary/outline. I’m fairly confident that this approach will put me in the best position to just sit down and bang out words every day. NaNo is all about daily word counts, which is a metric fraught with inherent tension. Continue Reading
NaNoWriMo is a global event
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began as a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Over the years it has grown to be a global event for writers of all kinds who commit to writing at least 50,000 words during the month of November.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. And I signed up to do this! Continue Reading
Stewart would totally be there if he could…
Wow! Brexit passed…
Welp, the people have spoken. The United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union has shocked the world. Like many people who value #Unity of all kinds, I’m doing my best to make sense of it now. My initial shock hit Thursday night but after some sleep and a bit of reflection, I’m not entirely surprised by the result. The Remain Campaign seemed weak in their marketing efforts. In my view, Cameron was the wrong face to lead the ‘stay in’ appeal. He engenders such visceral antagonism, that in many ways a vote for Brexit was, by proxy, a referendum on Cameron and Tory policy. In my view, the Remain Campaign didn’t do much to resonate with people’s emotions beyond a few knee-jerk fears. They appealed to reason too much and emotion too little. As a result, they ran a lackluster effort and the poll results reflect that.
Today I sent the first part of my next series to several Beta Readers. It’s the first sign that the composition phase is pretty much completed now and the editing/revision phase has officially begun.
Beta Readers review an early draft of a manuscript while it’s still in the revision stage but before it’s had a professional edit. It’s a little scary to send out something so raw but I feel my work is at a point where I can no longer nurture this project on my own and I need a fresh set of eyes on the material.
I’m so happy to be starting this new phase of the project!
I have plenty of friends from all over the English speaking world. Because I know where they are from, and what they sound like, I have become quite familiar with the nuances of each variety of English. By hearing someone speak and then comparing it to the way my friends talk, I can almost always deduce a person’s origins. Continue Reading