NaNoWriMo update day 25

Day 25 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve recovered a little. I’ve done 293 words over today’s target – still four thousand a day to do between now and next Monday inclusive, which is fine. I’ve gone from 22,549 behind to 8,579. Total written so far this month: 33,096 (thank you, Excel).

I’m about the halfway through the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, which should be no more than 20,000 words total so hopefully finishable on Friday.

So that’s me. How are you doing? Congrats to everyone (I know there are a few of you) who have reached the 50k/finished (not necessarily the same thing) already.

Word Count Wednesday 25 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been cracking on with NaNoWriMo. Taking a break from the monologues, I’ve finished the second (14+k of a 19k total: ‘Henry Goes To A Barbecue’) and a chunk (7+k) of the third (‘Henry and the Lawyer’) in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs which I’m really enjoying. So a total of 21,963 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). If only every week!

NaNoWriMo finishes next Monday so I hope for another healthy week (currently 12k behind, which is okay).

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NaNoWriMo update day 24

Day 24 of NaNoWriMo and I’ve not quite done the target of 3,449 today as I’d forgotten about a webinar (Mark Dawson’s ‘How Profitable Are Your Ads?’). That’s my excuse but a poor one as it didn’t start until 9pm!

I simply had too many distractions (mostly not writing related so another poor excuse) although I did do a bit of work work and needed to set up some paid promotion and KDP free/99p countdown dates for some of my books… the joy of a self-published author, which I did.

So I’d done 2,386* to that point, 1,046 short so catchupable tomorrow or thereafter, with a new average of 4,118.

*All more of the first draft of the third in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry and the Lawyer’ which I’m enjoying… that’s the most important thing.

So that’s me. Short (actually 5’10”) and sweet (some have said) today. How are you doing?

NaNoWriMo update day 23

Day 23 of NaNoWriMo and I’m still catching up. I’m a mere 11,318 behind (better than yesterday’s 14,596), having done 4,573 today. I now have an average of 3,831 words to do each day until the end (can you tell I’ve got a nerdy Excel spreadsheet?) 🙂 which again is quite possible, especially as lockdown here in the UK doesn’t end until 2nd December. 

Speaking of which, I feel for everyone. I work from home (with a fab job – pulling a publisher’s – Bloodhound Books – novels apart) anyway so I’m one of the lucky ones. I hope you’re all staying safe, cliched as it may sound.

Having finished the first draft of the second in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry Goes to the Barbecue’ (in November… a method to my madness!) last night, I moved on to a third ‘Henry and the Lawyer’, again about 15-20,000 words in length, today. They’re great fun so if you do end up reading them (they should also be around the pound/dollar/euro mark) I hope you enjoy them. I’m hoping these two will be out mid-December, after at least three edits from the two of us (that’s myself and Caroline, I’m not counting myself twice!).

So that’s me. How are you doing?

NaNoWriMo update day 22

Day 22 of NaNoWriMo and I’m catching up (canned laughter in the background). Okay so I’m 14,596 words behind but that’s okay. I have 3,990 words to do each day until the end which again, is okay. I’ve just finished for the day today at 5,256. Added to yesterday’s 3,934… Friday’s 4,093, Thursday’s 1,710 and the previous 7,457 and I’m at 22,078 instead of the target of 36,674, give or take a word or three.

It’s always a pleasure writing ‘The End’ (actually usually three asterisks but I felt like using the two words this time) and today was the end of the first draft of the second in my Rachel Cavanagh / Henry Houdini dog detective short spin-offs. ‘Henry Goes to the Barbecue’ (in November… a method to my madness!). Coming soon (after I’ve edited it, send it to my editor, received it back then re-edited at least twice)…

So that’s me. How are you doing?

 

NaNoWriMo update

I’m still way behind (17,194 instead of 35,007) with #NaNoWriMo but that’s okay.

I have an average of 3,894 words to catch up and I wrote 3,934 today (Saturday) and 4,093 yesterday so hovering around the right area.

Rather than doing a novel from scratch, I’ve been going back to started projects including a themes series of monologues, but these past few days the second in my Rachel Cavanagh ‘Henry’ dog detective short spin-off series. I’m a couple of thousand words off from that so I’ll probably do a monologue or two before returning to a novel I’m 20k in on.

Having gone back through what I’d done so far three times, not the thing to do when you’re already behind but hey… I was surprisingly pleased with it  so look forward to returning to it… for perhaps another read through.

Oh, and I’ve also returned to Scrivener. I can recommend Marty Neary’s course on Udemy if you’ve not used Scrivener before. He’s on Facebook if you’ve got any questions. Scrivener’s been great for all my side information: characters, synopses, notes etc. Although I still do the writing in Word, I copy/paste it into Scrivener with a file for each chapter so I can see how long they are without having to scroll through Word. I don’t think I’d leave Word behind – after all it’s what 99% of the world uses for the submission process (maybe not that much but it feels like it) but it’s a marvellous addition.

So that’s me. How are you doing?

Word Count Wednesday 18 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been carrying on with the monologues and have written 3,477 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). Not the NaNoWriMo target for a week of 11,669 but I’ve finished work for the month so am catching up.

My target for today (and every day to the end of the month) was 3,273 so that’s fine. I’ll aim for 5,000+ per day between now and the 30th so hopefully go over the 50,000-word total. Double figures for next week, and I’m moving on (back) to the novels from tomorrow. 🙂

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How’s your writing going?

I’m way behind (day 3) with #NaNoWriMo but that’s okay.

It’s normal for me as I clear my workload then have a few days to catch up.

Last year it was 8 days, this year it’s 14 so a bonus!

I’m writing a mix of monologues and novels (different projects), aiming for 5k a day but we’ll see…

How are you doing?

Word Count Wednesday 11 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been doing more monologues and have written 2,075 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night), total 3,916 for November so far. While it’s way short of the target of 16,670 for NaNoWriMo, I have written 12k in a day so possible to catch up quickly. I’ve been work working to leave a chunk of time to do just that.

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Word Count Wednesday 4 Nov

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been continuing with the monologues and have written 2,850 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). I should have started NaNoWriMo on Sunday and did actually write 2,051 of those words that day but, while I’m not starting a new project, I should really only count novels I add to. I’m going to return to three works in progress this month and plan to add at least 50,000 words to them so hopefully won’t need the 2,051 in the word count anyway. We shall see.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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