National Novel Writing Month

I've started and got up to 1,070........I'm going to try to work by chapter rather than word count so I think I'm nearly on par.
Just hit around 2000 words. Gonna try and get up to 3000 by tonight.

This is a lot harder than I thought it'd be...
I just hit the 4,000 mark so something. Ha, what fun. Im writing all forwards and backwords now. Like Ive done the end or close to it. Now for the filler and fluff. *giggles* and no not that kind, get your mind out the gutter... you know who you are...
Been too busy with getting work done at home to do the whole writing thing. I'll probably get to work this evening.
I got off to a GREAT start with a migraine headache and being dead all weekend XD Not a single word out of me yet!
O_O You people are already up in the thousands??

Then again, I'm writing mine in a notebook instead of typing it, So I really have no idea what my word count is. lol I can't write as well when I type.
I've practiced much with typing and RP'ing at the same time. You could say I'm one of the many well practiced in it. But I managed to at least get up to 2742 today. Based on words per chapter I need that chapter is complete.

And Sakii-chan you never lose, you need to just have a bit of motivation. Come on now! We all know you can do it.
I need to write more, I think I will tonight. I just had so much stress right now I cant even think.
Ack I did not write anything yesterday. Man I guess I should get on game today then.
Ok, I just bought twenty bottles of booze and a pack of cigarettes, off to make the first chapter.
Gah. I really need to get myself together.
I think I'll spend most of my car ride to michigan writing...I hope. >_<
As usual, I am getting no where.

But I love the little pep talk articles we get in email! I always find something useful in every one.

Dear NaNoWriMo-ers,

I'm not even the tortoise of writing. I'm the slug. And you are more than hares, you're cheetahs — writing at seventy miles an hour. I have to fictionalize even to talk to you.

So it's October 31st. I’m back from trick or treating in a robot costume, worn to honor Isaac Asimov, who wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime. After removing my tin head mask and my metallic gloves, I pig out on candy corn and think about today's accomplishments.

I dug a shallow grave in the backyard and buried my print thesaurus (starting tomorrow, the first word I think of is good enough, even if I use it seven times on every page), dictionary (who cares how ophthalmologist is spelled anyway?), usage books (I can figure out the difference between lie and lay later), encyclopedia, atlas, and my beloved books about writing. I taped blackout curtains over my windows. My techy friend spent hours tinkering with my computer. She's assured me that it will combust if I try to reestablish connections to the internet and email. The single thing I'm keeping is my cell phone in case I start to go into cardiac arrest, but the keys are smeared with battery acid, except the 9, the 1, and send. My family and friends and Meals-on-Wheels have sworn to deliver food to my door, which will be kept closed to protect the world from my intensifying body odor.

Now I tape my list of rules and advice (culled from friends, my mom, the buried writing books, and, mostly, my own hyped-up imagination) to the wall next to my desk.

Now I tape my list of rules and advice (culled from friends, my mom, the buried writing books, and, mostly, my own hyped-up imagination) to the wall next to my desk.

-Sleep at least once a week.

-Eat at least once a day, but not constantly. Don't forget the essential fatty acids (Mom).

-If my fingers freeze from carpal tunnel syndrome, I have ten perfectly good toes, a nose, and quite a few teeth.

-When I'm not happy with how things are going, turn off the screen and keep typing. Don't turn it back on until the crisis is over.

-Don't check my word count more often than every fifteen minutes.

-Dream sequences can eat up a lot of pages, and they shouldn't be logical.

-Short words count just as much as long ones.

-The perfect is the enemy of the fast. The good is the enemy of the fast. The halfway decent is the enemy of the fast.

-When I run out of plot ideas, write about setting and what each character is wearing, in exquisite wordy detail. When I run out of setting and apparel, write about the voice quality of each speaker, speech mannerisms, facial ticks, body language.

-Keep my music loud enough to drown out my thoughts. Thinking is the enemy of speed.

-Remember the infinite-monkey theory: Endless keystrokes will eventually produce Shakespeare or at least words and maybe a story.

-Never edit.

-Never ever go back.

It's time for bed. I must get a good night's sleep, my last for a month. So of course I toss and turn until 3:00 am, when I realize the month has begun. I get up, stagger to the computer, and type, "It was a dark and stormy night." I’m on my way!

Now, seriously, not fictionalized, with all the earnestness I can command, here is the only important piece of advice, which is crucial for any speed of writing, any kind of writing: Do not beat up on yourself. Do not criticize your writing as lousy, inadequate, stupid, or any of the evil epithets that you are used to heaping on yourself. Such self-bashing is never useful. If you indulge in it, your writing doesn’t stand a chance. So when your mind turns on you, turn it back, stamp it down, shut it up, and keep writing.

Good luck!

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor book. You can learn more about her writing at
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Time spent this month writing: 60-95 minutes.

wordcount: 475

.......I'm fucked
My god Inky, just steam rolling this aren't you. XD Glad to see you are getting things done. I am getting things done for the most part (I am appraoching a small down time, explanation chapter). After that it should be back to action and probably write five chapters in a row.