Public service announcement

If I can’t come up with any other ideas, I’m going to end up writing about zombies again. The undead can be really helpful sometimes.

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Day 30 – The End

This blog fell by the way side, and I have to admit I almost did not make it to 50,000 words this year.  I managed to write all day yesterday, with around 18,000 words flying from my fingertips.  I’m glad I finished it up yesterday because today my brain feels like it has been snacked on by a zombie.  How long can I use that excuse?

My secondary goal of having a complete story was met, although not really in the way I intended.  All the helpless characters that my main character picked up along the way made it to the end of the novel and everyone lived happily ever after and the whole zombie situation was not actually resolved.  But there is a flowing story line, even if it gets terribly wordy, boring, and repetitive starting around word 14,000.

So, I say “The End”, but now the real work begins.  I’ve got a reader for my work who is waiting to find out what happens next, so I need to get to the editing.  So, NaNoWriMo 2011 has been completed.  But the journey of writing a zombie novel has just begun.

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Days 14 and 15

Word Count Goal: 25,000

Mid-month has arrived, and congratulations are in order.  Even if your word count hasn’t made it quite to the halfway point, you are still writing.

Due to technical difficulties, my word count is stalled for a couple of days.  But there is still plenty of month left, and I’ve got loads of ideas.

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Day 13 – A bit of Encouragement

Word Count Goal: 21,667

If you are like me, you are, at this point, lagging far behind.  But all hope is not lost.  Just think of all the NaNoWriMo participants who are 10,000+ words ahead at this point.  No, it’s not meant to dishearten you.  It’s meant to encourage you.  Once a person gets into the writing groove, the word count can explode.  That people can be ahead of the game (or even finished) just means that there is still plenty of time to bust out those words.

No matter how slowly I move, I am at least moving forward.

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Day 12 – Distractions Abound

Word Count Goal: 20,000

Picture this:


If these fabulous fingerless mitts don’t keep my hands toasty while I type, then nothing will.  My fingers will be ice-cold, but since I don’t want to wear actual gloves, this can’t be avoided.  Knitting these kept me distracted yesterday, but now that they are done I won’t have much of an excuse for today.

And take a moment to check out the Composing Curious Chatter page on Google+.

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Day 11 – Flock, Colony, Company?

Word Count Goal: 18,334

Fun Facts: It’s a murmuration of starlings, a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese, and a sord of mallards.  Even if spell check refuses to acknowledge a couple of the terms.

According to my NaNo stats, I need to write 2,132 words a day to get to 50,000 on time.  This is more encouraging than the realization that I’m more than 10,000 words behind.  I’m moving my characters forward, but I’ve already got some major rewrites in mind, just so the story makes more sense.  Or possibly it’s just my mood.  I also ripped out the fingerless glove I started knitting yesterday, so maybe I’m just not happy with any of my creative endeavors.

Murmuration is such a great word.

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Day 10 – Where did day 9 go?

Word Count Goal: 16,667

Cool Site: Giveaway of the Day

Yes, I’ve skipped a day entirely.  Yesterday just didn’t seem like a wordy day.  And when I went to write in the wee hours of the morning, one question impeded my progress.  Just what type of suitcase did she pick up?  It could provide a crucial turning point.  Or it could just lead to hours of mindless surfing.  After I snag a few hours of sleep, I’m going to write, write, write.

Everybody loves the scarf I’m knitting.

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