My Nanowrimo Honesty Chart
One of my tried and true methods for making sure I write my 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November is shame. I’m completely serious. The more people I tell that I’m going to do this crazy thing, the more embarrassing it’ll be if I don’t win; won’t it? So in the interest of abject humiliation making defeat unacceptable and thereby insuring I make my monthly quota, I give you my Daily Word Count Goals for the month of November along with what I ACTUALLY write…whether I make my (daily) goals or not. Since this is a motivational tool, it’s important that I’m very honest. My Honesty Chart will be updated weekly (hopefully) inbetween my Fridayflash short stories.*
I also update my wordcount on Twitter. My twitter name is also ganymeder, so feel free to follow me.
GOAL FOR END OF WEEK 1: 12,000 words
actually reached: OVER 20K…Woot!
*Beginning of Sophomore slump (week 2)- when most Wrimos start to lose drive and have to just keep writing to work through any blocks they might have.
I have to admit, I’m starting to fizzle a little. Not really with words themselves, because I’m not finding it difficult to find words to put down. Rather, it’s that I don’t feel like I’m doing my characters and plot justice. I know from experience though that I need to just write through this and things will pick up.
Day 8: Sunday, November 8th: 1+ words
(I managed to get several hundred words in at Chuck E. Cheese, believe it or not!)
actually reached (total):21,324 words. Actually more than I planned on doing. As I state in the end notes for this blog, weekends are low pressure novelling days for me. It just so happened that I noticed that Paul B was slightly ahead of me, so I wrote extra because I’m word warring with him. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Paul!
I have several appointments and events I need to take care of this week, so I know it’s going to be busier for me. I’ll have less actual sit-down time to write. So, since I’m so close to the halfway mark (25K), I bought myself my favorite candy bar as an incentive. I’m also waiting to watch the next episode of ‘Dollhouse,’ my favorite show, on Hulu. So those will be my rewards. Once I make 25K, I will have a nice sit down with a pot of tea, my chocolate bar, and my favorite tv show.
Oh, and in case you missed my Week 1 progress report, my son ended the week about 25 percent into his (2000 word) novel. We went for a mini trip this weekend. In the car and at the coffee shop, he asked to borrow my laptop to work on his (Nanowrimo Young Writer’s Program) novel. He made it past 500 words. Way to go!
Photo: Budding young novelist working on his newest creation,’Dragon Teeth and Chicken Wings.’
novel summary: “Dragons are aliens from space, and they’re coming back…from Vacation.”
Day 9: Monday, November 9th: 14,400
actually reached: 23,748 words. Mostly written in barber shop, home between chores, and finally during my son’s karate class. That last one was hard, because I had to watch him and write inbetween. He gets mad if he catches me not looking.
Day 10: Tuesday, November 10th: 16,800 words
actually reached: 25,114 words. I BROKE 25K EARLY! WOOT!
Day 11: Wednesday, November 11th: 19,200 words
actually reached: 27,592 words.
I don’t know why my monthly progress report (right) shows red days. I have been on track or better pretty much every day. You can see my progress my nanopage *here* under NanoStats.
Day12: Thursday, November 12th: 21,600 words
Day 13: Friday, November 13th: 24,000 words
*Did not notice til typing this out, but FRIDAY THE 13TH I should *almost* hit the halfway mark for my 50k novel. Woot!***
Day 14: Saturday, November 14th: 1+ words WEEKEND
actually reached: 35,039 words reached by 12:30pm.
I was not able to update this Honesty Chart much this week due to technical difficulties with my home computer. I did update my Twitter stream regularly though with my progress. Currently, I’m using the library’s computer for the blog updates until my home computer straightens out.
I am happy to say that my plot has picked up considerably, my characters are much more interesting, as are their lives. I’ve introduced new eccentric characters and made my antagonist’s life hell. It’s been really fun. I feel I have a much clearer direction of where I’m going now, and everything is coming together in a nice (albeit pleasantly complicated) way. Vive’ la Bard!
Day 15: Sunday, November 15th: 1+ words WEEKEND
36,099 words for the week.
I didn’t write that much today. Normally I aim for about 2400 words (excluding weekends), and lately I’ve written over the weekends since I had momentum and time. Today I just didn’t feel it. I wrote about 1,000+ words, which is pretty good for a day that I hadn’t originally set a word goal for. I will write more tomorrow and keep up my 2400 word pace each day.
My son, Minimeder, fell a little behind in his daily goals this week, but I’m happy to say that he caught up and surpassed those goals today. His official Young Writer’s Program total now stands proudly at 1,040 words total so far. Way to go, Mini!
GOAL FOR END OF WEEK 2: 24,000 words
actually reached: 36,099 words for the week.
ULTIMATE GOAL: 50K Novel completed by Midnight on the last day of November. Then I can drink large quantities of chocolate soymilk in celebration and anticipation of December (traditionally known as the month of Withdrawal).