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My NaNoWriMo 2008 results are… dismal.

National Novel Writing Month has come and gone and for my seventh year straight without a “complete” novel of 50,000 words. The highest word count I’ve ever had was somewhere over 15,000 words. That’s way short of the overall goal but it’s still certainly plenty of writing. And now, dear reader, my grand total for this year’s novel-writing attempt:

Day 13 Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 50,000/50,000 (100.0%)

Day 13 Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8,520/50,000 (17.0%)

Word Count Difference: -41,480

Writing Sessions: 7

My Story: Fun and quite unfinished.

My Outlook: …*sigh*…

That’s definitely one of my lowest numbers in my NaNoWriMo history. Thousands of people wrote more than I did in thirty days. That’s a lot of accomplishment I’m not necessarily a part of and that’s a bummer. At any rate, I did what I could with the time I had and that’s okay. I can say without hesitation that November, 2008 was one of my busier months this year (a handful of jobs will do that to a guy). Am I disheartened? Not really. Am I proud? Well, not as proud as I would be if I’d tried to give this more time and attention. Am I concerned that Luke Rolfes called me out on not finishing? Yes, it keeps me up at nights (not really, but it’s nice to get a shout-out on someone else’s blog). Regardless, I’m doing it next year and the year after that. I enjoy NaNoWriMo as an exercise and challenge. Plus, I legitimately like what I wrote. It’s the beginnings of a fun little self-aware satire that really could become something if I give it some time and effort (at least, a whole lot more than I gave it in November).

I’d be interested to hear from you, dear reader, if you attempted NaNoWriMo and of your end results.

-nm

P.S. – Earlier this month I promised the following blog posts before the year is out. It’s nice to cross off a few of them as finished, and I have projections for the rest:

  • Wrapping up last month’s NaNoWriMo. (Today!)
  • Wrapping up my first semester teaching at NCC. (Tomorrow morning!)
  • A link to my latest short film (now in the editing stage). (Tomorrow night, I swear!)
  • My top ten favorite blog posts of the year. (I think this will happen in January, just in case I have a flash of brilliance or two in the next eight or nine days.)
  • Finally, my long-promised recommendation of Five Books for Boys. (Expect this on Friday.)
  • Thoughts on Oprah’s Book Club. (This may also have to show up in January.)
  • Pros and cons of books as gifts. (Covered in last week’s Friday recommendation.)
  • A Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions. (January 1, 2009.)
  • New writing prompts and recommendations. (I’ve been on track, lately.)
  • A new Scrawlers contest! (Done and over – stay tuned for more in 2009.)
  • And, depending on how often I find myself with internet access, some daily blogging about a mission trip I’m co-leading down to Beaumont, Texas over the last week of the year. (Forthcoming…)
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Absence here, presence there

I took an unannounced and approximately three-week break from this blog to focus on a few issues, projects, and priorities but I’m back and excited for a few entries coming up this month to wrap up the year. The following are in the pipe:

  • Wrapping up last month’s NaNoWriMo.
  • Wrapping up my first semester teaching at NCC.
  • A link to my latest short film (now in the editing stage).
  • My top ten favorite blog posts of the year.
  • Finally, my long-promised recommendation of Five Books for Boys.
  • Thoughts on Oprah’s Book Club.
  • Pros and cons of books as gifts.
  • A Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions.
  • New writing prompts and recommendations.
  • A new Scrawlers contest!
  • And, depending on how often I find myself with internet access, some daily blogging about a mission trip I’m co-leading down to Beaumont, Texas over the last week of the year.

While I took a break from blogging at The Scrawl, I have been quite active on our sister site, Scrawlers. I’ve posted a few new stories over the last few days and it felt good to write something new. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve written at my own website, which is pretty ridiculous, but something struck me in the last ten days or so that panned out to six new stories (and hopefully a few more to follow). That, I think, is a cool side effect of Scrawlers. How it can appeal to the writer who is daunted by writing a longer piece of prose or has only a finite time to scrawl something down or who is frustrated by having a lot of open projects but nothing concretely finished. 100 words? Short, brief, finished. Problem solved for that writer. There are those on the opposite end of the spectrum who are turned off or perhaps frightened at having only 100 words to complete an idea. To those folks I say embrace constraints as a challenge, not a limitation. Pretty sure I’ve talked about that here before.

Thanks for your patience during my absence and I’ll write to you soon, dear reader.

-nm

NaNoWriMo – Day 19

After work I headed to my first ever live NaNoWriMo meet-up… no one was there. That’s a bummer, because it was the first meet-up that’s ever fit in my schedule. So I went to Perkins, got some coffee, and wrote some fun stuff. Here are my latest stats:

Day 13 Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 31,667/50,000 (56.6%)

Day 13 Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 6,236/50,000 (12.5%)

Word Count Difference: -25,431

Writing Sessions: 5

My Story: Getting very surreal, very fourth-wall breaking…

My Outlook: Good news, I broke the 10% wall! Bad news, not the 10,000 word wall.

HEY: If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to post your own update in the comments section. You can use my format or invent your own.

ALSO: If you wanna buddy up, I’m on NaNoWriMo here.

-nm

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NaNoWriMo – Day 18

I kept my promise to myself and got some writing done. I’m definitely not getting up to 50,000 words by the end of the month but I’m going to get some good writing done on what’s turning out to be a fun story. Here’s the current rundown:

Day 13 Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 28,322/50,000 (56.6%)

Day 13 Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 4,884/50,000 (9.7%)

Word Count Difference: -23,438

Writing Sessions: 4

My Story: Chock-full of surprises!

My Outlook: 50,000 words is a lot, but I’m having fun!

I don’t know that I’ll have much time to write this week, but we’ll see…

HEY: If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to post your own update in the comments section. You can use my format or invent your own.

ALSO: If you wanna buddy up, I’m on NaNoWriMo here.

-nm

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NaNoWriMo – Day 13

I have not sat down to write, but my word count has gone up! Thanks to a strange dyslexic anomaly, I inadvertently mis-reported my word count as 2,338 instead of my real word count, 2,883! WOW! So that means that as of today, my NaNoWriMo progress stands at:

Day 13 Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 21,658/50,000 (43.3%)

Day 13 Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,883/50,000 (5.7%)

Word Count Difference: -18,775

Writing Sessions: 2

My Story: I gained 1% by doing nothing!

My Outlook:I sure am doing a lot of nothing…

I will write this weekend. I must write this weekend. I write this weekend! 🙂

HEY: If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to post your own update in the comments section. You can use my format or invent your own.

ALSO: If you wanna buddy up, I’m on NaNoWriMo here.

-nm

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NaNoWriMo – Day 11 (Morning Update)

Day 11 of NaNoWriMo has arrived and these numbers do not bode well:

Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 18,333/50,000 (36.6%)

Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,338/50,000 (4.7%)

Word Count Difference: -15,995

Writing Sessions: 2

My Story: Inching forward, but wow, what a start!

My Outlook: Optimism is not my strongest emotion right now.

Essay and test grading, as well as a few personal and work meetings and my trip to the Denver Improv Festival may have culminated this week in order to spell certain doom to this novel writing month. Can I eek out the word count I need? Let’s see what my update looks like tonight…

HEY: If you’re attempting NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to post your own update in the comments section. You can use my format or invent your own.

ALSO: If you wanna buddy up, I’m on NaNoWriMo here.

-nm

NaNoWriMo – Day 4, Part II

Uh-oh. Day 4 of NaNoWriMo has come and gone and, despite some good news for America this evening, a lack of writing time has spelled doom pour moi:

Goal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 6664/50,000 (13.3%)

Actual NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,338/50,000 (4.7%)

Word Count Difference: -4,326

Writing Sessions: 2

My Story: Still off to a strong start!

My Outlook: Still optimistic, but that could be the audacity of hope talking.

This is what happens when essay and test grading takes precedent over creative writing time. Oh, well. There’s still twenty-six days to alternate between optimism and self-disappointment.

-nm

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