The Ghosts of NaNoWriMos Past

Submitted by C B Wright on

NaNoWriMo is coming, and once again I am on board. I've been doing it since 2003, and while I was sorely tempted to give it a pass this year (because I have a lot on my plate) I realized, as the time grew nearer, that I just couldn't.

Why couldn't I? Because it's part of my workflow.

November is the month where I try to work through a story to see how it goes. I mean, I don't do this exclusively in November—I write all year round, and sometimes I just start writing something to see what I think of it—but what makes NaNoWriMo useful, for me, is the 30 day, 50K word goal. It forces me to keep working on an idea even after I get tired of it, to see if I can get excited about it again. November is the month when I fall in love with a story, all out of love with the story, fall back in love with the story, and at the end of it all I try to assess our relationship to see if it's worth continuing.

This will be my twelfth year. In the last eleven years I won seven times, but some of my losses were more useful—were, in the end, better relationships—than some of my wins. NaNoWriMo doesn't run on fairy magic—your content doesn't turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes 12 midnight on November 30. Wins are nice, but stories are better.

With that in mind, let me show you a decade's worth of workflow:

NaNoWriMo Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

In the past I've been better about these, but this has been an uncomfortably hectic November so far.

At this point in the game I am about 8,000 words behind. I've been 8,000 words behind for the last few days. It's frustrating, but I can still catch up. I just need a few good writing days and I'll be back on track.

What about those of you poor, brave souls who are also NaNoing this year? Where are you at? Discuss!


Submitted by C B Wright on

And that's that. I win.

Those of you eager for a sequel to Pay Me, Bug! will still have to wait, though. It's nowhere near publication yet.

NaNoWriMo Update: Two Weeks To Go

Submitted by C B Wright on

Two weeks left to NaNoWriMo (well, 12 days) and it's time for an update.

I'm at a little over 35K words, which is good, because it puts me ahead of the game. I made up a lot of ground yesterday, thankfully, because a few days before that I ran into a lovely little problem where every time I sat down to write I wound up falling asleep. Every. Single. Time.

The question for this week is whether I'm going to be able to also put out Issue 5 of Curveball and Chapter 26 of The Points Between. Since this is also the week of Thanksgiving, I'm pretty sure the answer is going to be "no..." but we'll see what happens.

NaNoWriMo Update: Nine Days In

Submitted by C B Wright on

Nine days in to NaNoWriMo... how am I doing so far?

It's a mixed bag. I'm actually ahead in my word count (I dropped behind on the 6th because Election night is terribly exciting--even during non-Presidential election years I tend to find them far too distracting for me to write productively) but I set myself a number of goals for this year:

  • Write NaNoWriMo
  • Do a comic a day M-F
  • Publish a chapter of The Points Between a week
  • Do a podcast for each new chapter of The Points Between
  • Get Curveball Issue Five out on time

So far I've managed to keep up with NaNoWriMo. However, I only published three comics this week, and I didn't get a new chapter of The Points Between out this week--which means I didn't do a podcast either. I still have a shot at Issue Five.

It wasn't an easy set of goals I set out for myself. Doing NaNoWriMo alone is difficult enough. Still, I'm disappointed it's fallen apart so early. I'm chalking it up to a tumultuous first week--hopefully the last three will go more smoothly.

How's it going for the rest of you?