Category Archives: Writer’s Journal

Nov 12

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.


November 11

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.

November 3

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.

roller coaster

6:05 am,  Sat down at computer.

7:08 am:  Word count today 0.  TIME to WRITE!

7:25 Cracked the first 100 words.  Only took an hour and a half.

7:47:  379 words.  SJ awoke and wandered in.  She said that our theme song should be Procrastination- The Musical.  Agreed.

8:05  Bannock in the oven.  Sean: 379 words. SJ. 0 words.  Listening to AV bytes musicals.

8:11 15 min Word WAR! See you on the other side.  Sean: 412  words. SJ. 0 words.

8:27 Sean: 742-  330 words. Sarah 186 words.    Sean wins a word war finally . Bannock Break. Listening to the Wanted: Word of Mouth Album Preview

8:54  Ate breakfast, Backed up files fell down internet hole.  Time For a WORD WAR

Sean:  742: 1045=  303 (today)  SJ 3981: 4320 = 439  (total)

9:32 Sean 3247 125 SJ 4585: 265

Listening to: Maroon5 Live at Columbiahalle on 2004-10-21

10:05:  Sean 3538 SJ 4946

SJ and I have to head out to do some yard work.  We need to get stuff moved around in the sheds for winter.  Today’s wordcounts so Far.  Sean  1,421 SJ 1262


I found this lovely  NaNoWriMo Word Count Goals chart which lays out daily cumulative totals for 1667 words a day.  I also was intrigued by NaNoWriMo Math – 5 Word Count Strategies to Hit 50,000.


1 1667 11 18337 21 35007
2 3334 12 20004 22 3667
3 5001 13 21671 23 38341
4 6668 14 23338 24 40008
5 8335 15 25005 25 41675
6 10002 16 26672 26 43342
7 11669 17 28339 27 45009
8 13336 18 30006 28 46676
9 15003 19 31673 29 48343
10 16670 20 33340 30 50000 +







November 1

It’s 6am.  SJ and I are set up in our little office.  Tea is being made.  Now for the first hard transition.  Time to get down to “WRITING”.

Both of us are at our computers, looking at ‘just one more email’ and just one more webpage.  Here is the first hard part of nano.   IT’s time to WRITE.   ‘What am a doing blogging then.’  B4N- 6:11

15 min word war starting 6:22:  Sean 131 Words.  SJ 253

6:37 2 min stop for tea.

6:41 Word war #2 20 min Begins.  SJ start count 303:646 = 343 Sean Start Count 131: 418 = 287

8:15- snuck in another 300 words– Word count 730


SJ 1969 words (Wowza– She passed her goal of 333 words and her DORG (Day One Ridiculous Goal) of 1667.

Sean:  2117 words.  Ouch.  I hope my words per hour pace picks up.  It took about 3-1/2 hours to get this in.





Oct. 15

  • Listened to Stephen Paige’s CNE GhostWalk on the way to work.  Great stories and pretty cool from a podcast production perspective too.
  • Did a bit of CNE research.
  • Worked my way through the Scrivener Tutorial.  Yup it looks like a powertool for NanoWrimo.  I do believe I’m going to use it.
  • Bought the new Humble Android Bundle and spent waaay to much time playing Ticket to Ride.

October 14- Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day IconUh 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.

Things I need to do:

  1. CNE research on the CNE Archives site.
  2. Maybe some basic historical research for several of my characters including post vatican II changes to religious orders, summer of love, rock music of the 70s and some other significant events.
  3. Keep working with learning how to use Scrivener.  I think it will be a very useful tool.
  4. Oh, and these CNE videos hosted by Stephen Page will also help with my research.

Oct. 9

typewriterGood morning

  1. Made my first introduction post on the nanowrimo forums.
  2. Filled in my profile on my Nanowrimo page.
  3. 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.

Good Evening:

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.

Goodnight Interwebz

P.S.  Just watched the 10 minute Scrivener Intro Video.  I think I am convinced. Installing it now.

Oct. 8 Update

  1. I tossed and turned my story over in my head.  I had some insights both when I was dreaming and awake.
  2. Added some links to the blog in the morning.
  3. While we were doing our family bonding exercise (aka watching Dr. Who) I googled outlining software and writing tools.   I bookmarked the ones I liked at
  4. I started a timeline for my story using SmartIdeas software, because I need to teach one of my classes how to use SmartIdeas.

More Pre Wrimo Resources

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.

I discovered the Nanowrimo Community on Google+.  From there, I read a great blog post called something like “You are NOT going to write a novel in November”.  I can’t find it again. I will have to look for it tomorrow.  Update: I found it:  Nanowrimo Tips – You Will Not Write A Novel During Nanowrimo. It was on a blog called The Write Turn, which on first glance is a resource chock full of daily writing tips, exercises, and nanowrimo preparation posts.

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.

Good Night Intenetz