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Monday, November 27, 2006

NaNo Oh Oh!

So it's November 27th and I'm far below the word count that I'm supposed to be at for NaNoWriMo.



At this point, I've got a daily goal of 14525 for the next 3 days if I want to hit the 50,000 mark. Short of calling in sick at work and completely avoiding my family altogether for the next few days (two things I'm not very likely to do), I won't be making my goal.

But I'm not disappointed. Because I'm happy with the 6000+ words that I've written for the novel so far. I'm moving along slowly, re-discovering some secondary characters and settings and enjoying the creation of the scenes. And I'd rather have 6000 words that I'm comfortable with than 50,000 words that were just one word placed after another and which I'd have to toss during a future re-write.

Yes, it may sound like I'm comfortable in my failure or turning my nose up at sour grapes -- but at the end of the day so far I've got 6426 more words than I had at the beginning of the month, which brings my total word count for "A Canadian Werewolf in New York" to about 30,000 words.

I'm a "the novel is half-full" kind of guy.

5 comments:

lime said...

let's just call it a novelette, mini-novel, noveltina, i dunno. glad you had fun at least!

Kimberly said...

Congrats on the 6426 more words to the novel. Expending yourself creatively without the day job and family is hard enough...with the job and family it can be damn near impossible.

Kudos to your optimism!

(oh, and when you need a proofreader, let me know...I'm looking foward to reading about the werewolf's adventures!)

Anonymous said...

the novel is half full kinda guy?

made me smile again damnit.

mmmmmmpf.

Paula said...

You go, Mark! Don't let Chris Baty tell you what to do.

:)

Paula

Rainypete said...

Why is it that I get the feeling the rest of it might look a little like this?

all work and no NaNoWriMo makes Mark a dull boy
all work and no NaNoWriMo makes Mark a dull boy
all work and no NaNoWriMo makes Mark a dull boy
all work and no NaNoWriMo makes Mark a dull boy
all work and no NaNoWriMo makes Mark a dull boy?