Tomorrow marks the final day of Camp NaNoWriMo. The good news: I’m on-track to meet my word count goal of 40,000 words. However, Dragon Relic will be only about half-complete and, of course, unedited. Granted, I designed my word count goal to be realistic and, therefore, I knew I wouldn’t finished the novel by April 30th.
I’ve been facing a problem though. The visual goal tracker that NaNoWriMo uses is really helpful for me. I need it. Without that graph I don’t write as efficiently. Perhaps one day I will, but I’m not there yet.
Today I realized how soon I’d be without this precious writing aid… and I panicked.
Fortunately, after a little scouting around on the internet, I found WriteTrack by David S. Gale. It is free. It is also based on NaNoWriMo’s tracker! In other words, it’s a perfect match for me, and I’m no longer panicking.
I’ve already set May’s word count goal. It’s only 20,000 words for now because I need to lighten the pace for a while. I’m thrilled because this means that, come Monday, I will continue writing as usual with no disruptions!
Alas, I’ve fallen behind in my writing. I’m only lagging by about one day, and I do expect to catch up today. However, any slowness is a bit discouraging!
Because of this, I’m keeping this post very brief. It’s mostly just me checking in with everyone, and saying that I’m still here!
Also… Happy Earth Day!
Here’s the Moon.
The last scene I wrote in Dragon Relic depicted a nightmare I had, numerous times, when I was about four or five years old. To have this dream, that has haunted me for decades, suddenly find its home in my book, felt surreal. The experience was more surreal than the dream itself. It required no force and minimal alteration; the dream simply belongs in this book.
This isn’t the only dream that has influenced Dragon Relic. A story about dragons had been on my mind for a few months, particularly because I knew my children might enjoy it. Then, one morning, I woke up from a nightmare that starred a terrifying dragon. Everything about it… how it opened, the setting, and the cliffhanger… was perfect for the beginning of a book. [Read more…] about A Nod to Dreaming
I’ve been battling a yucky head cold the past couple days. Yesterday was the worst, and I predicted that I wouldn’t write a single word. However, I did write… 2,500 words! I’m sure most of it is Benadryl-induced-rubbish, yet I’m still very pleased with my self.
Half-way through last November’s NaNoWriMo event, pneumonia paid an unexpected visit. Needless to say, I did not finish that novel. Though I suppose the pneumonia wasn’t solely to blame; the novel had dystopian elements that promptly became… [Read more…] about Congested. Inspired. Notoriously Stubborn.