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NaNoWriMo Check in: Day 17

Hey All You NaNo Writers:

Day 17 of NaNoWriMo:

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo 2016 I just wanted to check in & see how everyone is doing.

Me: Well we're past the half way mark and I'm on schedule. I'm at 39, 070 words. Fortunately, I took advantage of the first week and managed several high word count days. I still haven't had a Rachel Aaron 10K Day, but thanks to Rachel's website and her amazing book 2000 to 10,000: How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love. I had a few 5K days. This really helped out, because this past week it's been hard to find writing time. If I hadn't jumped so far ahead the first week, I'd be behind now.

I also attribute my writing fast success to author Lisa Cron and her amazing book Story Genius. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it. Cron changed the way I pre-plot and my writing has benefited. Knowing so much about my characters and their backstory enabled me to write faster and better. I haven't suffered writer's block ... not once since implementing Cron's technique. Visit her at Lisa Cron: Wired for Story

I'm psyched about her Story Genius 10 Week Course. I'd hoped to sign up for her course after NaNo, but I'll have to wait until the next course is available. I might look into her Story Coaching and Consulting if I finish my psychological thriller/domestic noir NaNo story: The Next Wife.

So, those of you participating in NaNo, how's it going. 

Have you participated in any of the Twitter #NaNoWordSprints?

See you all in December. Happy NaNo'ing


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're on track and heading for the home stretch. I need that first book. I think I've hit two thousand words in one day just once.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Melissa - congratulations for keeping up - I'm sure NaNo is a month of severe ups and downs as life takes hold too ... but good luck and looks like the books you've recommended will help others ... cheers Hilary

Melissa Sugar said...

Thanks Hillary. I know I haven't been around much this month but I will be back in December

Sheila Good said...

Congratulations Melissa! One of these days, I'll give it a go. Thanks for the resources; I"ll check them out for sure. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

Yolanda Renée said...

You're doing beautifully. I had a great start but life has interfered this last week. I'm hoping to catch up, but not going to worry if I don't. The story is flowing and I'm thrilled about that! It's all good, and if it goes as planned book 4 will be done by the end of the year. Well, the first draft! :) Major rewrite - always!
Congratulations, love the recommendations. I'll be checking those out! Thanks!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm losing momentum due to outside influences. The NaNo word count tells me I'll be finished on the 6th December, at this rate... Well done on your efforts, that's awesome. Keep it up!

Melissa Sugar said...

I just read a great article that said to keep writing whether we win NaNo or not and it made a lot of sense and was very motivating.

Melissa Sugar said...

I'm not doing as well as I was, but like I said to Annalisa, I read a very encouraging article that gave four good reasons to keep writing our NaNo story regardless of whether we are going to win any NaNo badges or not. It made perfect sense. If we keep writing we will eventually finish our draft and for most of us we will write more than we normally do for the month. It's still a good exercise in discipline and hopefully we will all have a good first draft finished by the end of the year. NaNo also encourages friendships and accountability. Good luck on your story. I'm rooting for you.

Melissa Sugar said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm really looking forward to trying Lisa Cron's writing course.

Melissa Sugar said...

You've accomplished so much Alex. You don't need to hit 2K in one day. What's your secret? Do share, please.

cleemckenzie said...

I admire all of you guys! Keep going, Melissa.

Arlee Bird said...

Sounds like you've got this NaNo cinched this year. I'll say hang in there though I don't think you'll have any problems meeting the goal. Good that you had some books with some helpful information.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks for the info on Lisa. I want richer character development so this may be just what I need.
And 5K! Woo Hoo! That's amazing!!!!!

Nick Wilford said...

I didn't do NaNo this year, but that's amazing progress for Day 17. I'm sure you're way over the finish line and just a dot on the horizon now!

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