Monday, November 09, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day Nine (evening)

Didn't write much this morning, only 334 words. I spent some time going back to a previous chapter. I wanted to make sure I had all the characters and details right to start this new chapter.

I realized I now need to start tracking some additional information on chapters I've written. I've created new minor characters, named others, etc. I need to keep notes of these somewhere, probably my plot document. I don't want to go back and read what I've written; I just want to keep writing.

It wasn't even that I was tempted to revise what I had written. Or that I had given my Inner Editor some power to try to escape from his prison. I just spent too much time reading, looking for the info that I needed to keep writing.

I could argue that it was time well spent, that what I wrote because of it would not require any major revision. But that's kind of the point of NaNoWriMo: it's okay to write and have it not be okay. It can always be fixed in December. I have a deadline, and I can't afford to waste any time.


I did meet my daily goal. I added 1,804 words to my story. I am now up to 17,743 words, which means I'm 35.5% done. I passed the one-third mark.

"A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to do it." - Samuel Johnson


  1. hi - keep up the good work! Jeesh, now I sound like a teacher. I'm strolling through the NaNo blogs and thought I'd leave a comment here! You're doing great - I am behind, but still pleased. I've finished two novels already so know I can do it - I just want to get a nice big jump on the third. It is great to USE anything that will get your bum in a chair.
    So good luck and don't sadly wait for recess anymore, gleefully realize that those little crumbbums will end up as thinly disguised characatures if they don't shape up!

  2. Thanks for your comments. Wow, two novels already! This will be my first; I failed last year, though if I finish this one I might have the momentum/inspiration to tackle that one again with what I've learned this time out. I'm having a blast, and so are many of my students. I do tease some of them, though, when they irritate me. I pretend to type and say, "[Insert annoying student name here] dies a horrible death." They tolerate my weird sense of humor.