Daily Update: NaNoWriMo Day 17
Friday was a crazy day. I didn’t do much. I didn’t write much. I still managed to write, though. I knocked out about 1000 words in the little spare time I had. We went to one of the local casinos and ate at the buffet with my favorite daughter and some of her friends. It was the Wife’s birthday and we had a good time.
We took the kids home then picked up the Millicans and went back to the casino. It was a quiet night and no one hit anything big. We still had fun and that’s all that really mattered.
Yesterday it was party time. We went to a friend’s house for their daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday. There was dancing, tacos, great company, and a good time had by all. The wife and I had spent the morning/afternoon shopping. That meant there was little time to just sit and do any writing. When I did finally find a few minutes, I did sit and start typing. My favorite daughter failed to mention that her boyfriend was coming over at that time. So my writing time consisted of about 5 minutes where I wrote around 150 words.
So that puts me a tiny bit behind on my NaNoWriMo goal, but the point is, I sat and typed for a little time. That really is what NaNoWriMo is trying to teach us. that by sitting down each and every day you can accumulate a large word count. It just takes a little effort.
This, of course, of what I’ve done throughout 2012. I’ve hit the keyboard a little each day and next time you know, I’ve got nearly 450,000 words written. I sat at the keyboard nearly every day this year. I had some rough starts. I had a couple lulls. But I continued on part those difficult times and I am on the breaking point of making my goal actually happen for this year.
that means I need to figure out what to do with all these words next year. Some I’ve already published, or had published. I have a lot that did not get into print. Some are in short stories. Some are in novels. All need to find a home be it in an anthology, a magazine, or in a book. Except for those words that landed in a novel or short story that didn’t get completed.
You heard me correctly. I wrote some things that never got completed. Perhaps it sounded like a good idea at the time and it failed to come to fruition or the idea was better than the story. So I have several half-completed stories, some unfinished books, and a lot of written words that need to find completion.
Part of next year will see some of these works completed. Hopefully it will also see many works in print. I’ve got my work cut out for me and part of that is laying out a plan and a schedule. A schedule to record. A schedule to get editing completed. A schedule to get covers created. A schedule to release self-published works. There’s a lot to do, but today isn’t the day to do that. Right now I need work on my NaNoWriMo writing. I’d better get at it.