Friday, November 8, 2013

NaNoWriMo update

I know some of you are fellow writers, even if you aren't fellow "WriMos".

As of today, I'm at 15,005 words. My first three days went like gangbusters, with me reaching 10k by Sunday night. I'd had the foresight to take a couple of days off of work in a row...revolutionary, I know. One of my coworkers, when I reported my wordcount, even asked me if I started early.

No dogs in this story, which has happened in the past couple. The Last Song involved no dogs (which is far better for the dogs, I assure you). My current NaNoWriMo project is untitled. Literally, the file on my computer is Asbury Park 1979 (which is three years before I was born, for those of you who only Internet know me, but it was a date that ended up appealing for the "mood" I was going for.

Mentally, Jersey Shore summers of that "era" evoke a kind of golden haze for me, which might be why I lean towards that style when editing my pictures for blogging purposes. I guess it's how a lot of the photographs I've seen end up looking, whether they looked that way at the time or not. In the course of writing this, and trying to fill in the spots on my mental map, I've found wacky things like a Flickr stream in which the author seems to have taken more than 5000 pictures of grocery, drug, and convenience stores in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware area. And labelled what the stores were when they were built, when they changed, that kind of thing (when they knew the info).

But I can't cast aspersions on niche interests, obviously. I'm writing this on a dog blog. And people with niche interests like that fill in the tiny blanks that would otherwise drive me nuts. Sometimes, just knowing one detail is wrong can derail me for the time it takes me to go down the Internet rabbit hole and find something close enough.


  1. Congratulations on your word count. That is most impressive this early.

    1. Thanks! I think it gets a little "easier" once you've begun to accustom yourself to writing every day, whether it's NaNoWriMo time or not.

  2. Wow that is lots of words. Good for you

  3. Way to go! That's like 2000 words a day!

    As for getting derailed to research stuff, I know exactly what you mean. I tell myself just to put the detail aside and research it later, you know, come back to it - but then I can't stop thinking that if I don't fix it now, it might lead to other errors that I have to hunt for and edit out later.

    Great job on the word count though - keep up the good work!

    1. Yup, around 2k a day, give or take. It fluctuates.

      Yes, I feel like errors and omissions just ripple through the draft, and then you can't possibly catch them all!