SJ and I are both on a roll. She crossed 14000 today while I reached the halfway 25000. I am a little unsure that I have 25000 words left in my story as I have just wrapped up the first three majour sections of the book and only have one more. But there should be more than enough episodes in that section to carry me through November. If not, I have a fallback of writing the story in parallel in the viewpoint of another one of the characters. Either way, this is becoming very real.
Whoa. A week without blog updates. We have been focusing on writing. By Day 6, SJ had met her goal for the month of 10,000 words. Woohoo. She has kept writing and upped her goal to 15000 words. Not too shabby for the first time for a teenager.
I keep plugging along and passed 20000 words last night. Here are our tired reflections after our morning word war this morning.
Woke up a little before 6, found out that it was 5 with the time change. Spent an hour drinking tea and wandering through the intertubes.
Listening to this great tribute album that Scott Cooper’s friends made for his 40th birthday. I wish his wife had contacted me. I have a Scott Cooper cover of Don’t Turn Around somewhere.
5:59 (second time around) TIME TO WRITE (Starting Wordcount- 4246)
7:40 Wordcount: 4914. SJ just rolled out of bed after a good sleep-in. Tea and yesterdays bannock and cheese go down good. It is sure nice to see the sun out this early.
8:10 Sean 182 Sarah 278
9:30 Sean It’s a beautiful day out there. I better get out and do some yardwork. Wordcount today: 1248. And I finally have my character at the main setting of the story.
Uh Oh.. My month of NanoWrimo preparation is almost 1/2 completed and I have been 5 days since my last daily post. Life and work intervened. Thursday I went to a concert by Deborah Linden and Leslie Hudson aka Sinderella. Friday we hooked up our trailer to go spend Thanksgiving at Bass Lake Provincial Park. Unfortunately Bass Lake closed for the season on September 23. We ended up at McRae Point Provincial Park southeast of Orillia and it was wonderful. We had a fantastic camping weekend.
Nano preparations: I spent a couple hours reworking some of my timelines and plots in Freemind. I did alot of headwork on my story. SJ and I spent alot of time walking through the woods at the campground and talking about the ins and outs of her story… but I’ll leave her to write about that.
Wrote yesterday’s blog post (too busy outlining last night).
At pre-nanowrimo, we geeks do more before breakfast than some people do all day.
I had a good chat with Drew about the some of the developments in my story, and set up an account for him on this blog. Welcome aboard Drew.
I am considering using Scrivener to write my Nanowrimo novel. Pros: It has the all kinds of research and outlining tools and is designed to write a novel in a non linear way, in bite-sized chucks. It was also designed with Nanowrimo in mind so it has some great baked in word count trackers. The non-linear part of it appeals to me because my story will be told in a very non linear (out of time) manner. It is also free to try through to the end of November and after that, there are some good discounts off it’s regular $40 price tag for NaNoWriMo participants.
Cons: I would be partially tied to the one computer scrivener is installed on. I have become quite accustomed to working with whatever tool is in my hand… my command centre workstation (netbook attached to keyboard and mouse), tablet, handheld (htclegend) or even work computer.
Now to install smart ideas and scrivener onto my command centre.
P.S. Just watched the 10 minute Scrivener Intro Video. I think I am convinced. Installing it now.
Today I printed two copies of the NanoWrimo Young Novelist’s workbook, and made SJ and I each a writer’s notebook for our pre-wrimo activities. They make versions for elementary, middle school and high school. We chose the middle school one because SJ is in eighth grade but they all seem quite similar. It’s a Free Download from the Young Author’s Program at Nanowrimo.
Oh, and SJ and I set up this blog and I back dated a week’s worth of more than 100 word daily posts. Well, at least I know I can write in quantity, and my journal is complete for my first week of nanowrimo prep.
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