cowboyguy: (fall Impala)
Title: Countdown
Fandom: Supernatural
Summary: Someone's trying NaNoWriMo for the first time.

Fic here. )
cowboyguy: (brian justin hug)
It's over, and now I don't know what to do. November was such a crazy month, both exhilarating and exhausting, and now I feel a little lost...

I just went through and took out the bits and pieces that didn't have anything to do with my NaNo novel -- including my original story idea, a few bits of school writing from me that I attributed to my characters instead, and the blog-like interruptions from me -- and my word count came out to a little over 30,000. Which is still a decent amount of stuff to go from. So I still have a bit of work to do to make it actually work as a novel, but the framework is there to work off of.

I'm trying to decide what to do with that CreateSpace proof copy offer, too. Part of me wants to just use that and get my entire NaNo, rants and all, bound and printed for my own record, so that I've got a lovely hard copy of everything that I've written this month. Another part of me wants to just print my whole novel out on my own printer, take some time to edit the story up and make it complete, and then use the CreateSpace offer so that I've got a copy of my book that's actually readable. Any ideas?

YES!!!

Nov. 29th, 2008 10:56 pm
cowboyguy: (angel hee)
OH MY GOD I WON! TEN MINUTES AGO, AT 10:45 ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER THE 29TH OF 2008, I WON NANOWRIMO FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WITH A WORD COUNT OF 50,127!
YES! I DID IT! HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!

/end all-caps excitement

Still grinning like an idiot. I can't believe I actually did it! This is probably the proudest I have felt of myself in a very, very long time. I actually wrote fifty-fucking-THOUSAND words in ONE month! Ohmigod! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Good luck to anyone who's not quite there yet! I'll be waiting for you at the finish line. I've got cake... *entices with cake* ^________________________^

OHMIGOD I DID IT!!!!!
cowboyguy: (Default)
Okay, people, we're coming up on the end of NaNoWriMo now.

As of this moment, my word count is 47,323. It probably would have been higher had I not had a major family crisis earlier in the week, but I'm only 2,677 words away from winning and I'll be damned if I don't finish this thing.

It's been a crazy ride, but so much fun. I can't believe that I've lacked the motivation to win before. But I really do think that once you get past your mental barriers, and 10,000 words, it gets a lot easier. I've really learned to let go this month, and let my writing be crap if it's going to be, and brilliant if it wants to be that, too. I've realized that if I just keep writing, no matter how weird or bad or repetitive it is, in the end it's still 50,000 words of fiction that I've written, and that's more than most people can say they've done.

Congratulations to all the writers on my friends list! You guys are all incredible. Thanks for being there for me, and keep digging through your own imaginations for stories, too, because the more great porn literature we have out there, the better the world will be.

As this month comes to a close, I'm making a resolution to write at for at least ten uninterrupted minutes every day. For those of you who haven't used it yet, Write or Die is an incredible tool, and I can't stress enough how much it's helped me add to my word count in the past week and a half or so, even when I didn't feel like writing. Even if whatever I write for those ten minutes gets filed into the Never Look at This Again folder, it's still several hundred words of me, and that's gotta be worth something.

I think I may be starting to ramble now, so I'm going to end with a quote from My Doctor. For all of us who have conquered this incredible challenge this month:

"Before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And d'you know what? So was I." -Nine
cowboyguy: (justin working)
41,029. Yay!

Edit: 42,068. I have officially accomplished my goal for tonight. Whee!
cowboyguy: (angel hee)
40,000 words? Done. 40,022 to be exact.

OHMIGODHOORAY!!!!!!
cowboyguy: (justin working)
Word count so far today: 39,158.
Word count goal for today? Oh, 42,000 or so, hopefully. I'll definitely make it to 40,000 by the end of the day, but I'm going to try to get some major writing done today and tomorrow, before Thanksgiving hits and then I have to start thinking about final exams and ten page papers and making the 50k deadline before the 30th is over. I want at least a little bit of wiggle room before the 30th hits.

One thing that I've found really helps my writing is a prompt that I found somewhere on the NaNoWriMo forums: write a 500 word sentence.
It adds to my word count, and forces me to describe the scene more than I normally would. I'm usually a very action-oriented writer, just actions and dialogue and little extra description, so scenes can go by pretty fast if I'm not careful. Forcing myself to keep writing a sentence until I hit 500 words makes me slow down and really think about adding as much as I possibly can to a scene. It's really nice for setting up locations, too.
cowboyguy: (brian justin hug)
Word count: 30,064. Time to sleep.
Sorry all my posts are nothing but word count lately.
cowboyguy: (Default)
Holy shit, I'm at 25,147 words! I can't believe it. Going to bed now. Hoping my hands aren't still dead in the morning. G'night.
cowboyguy: (brian dear lj)
NaNo Update: 24,024!!!! And it's only 9:30, so I've still got time to add to it. My hands are tired, but I'm really going to try to make it to 25,000 tonight. *is so excited*
cowboyguy: (brian justin omg)
Y HALO THAR, CLOUDS. I CAN HAZ SNOFLAKE?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have flurries.

Also, my NaNo word count so far today is... *drum roll* ...20,590! This is the first time I've ever gotten above 20,000 in NaNoWriMo. And I did it while I've been sick and miserable for the past two weeks. I think I might actually finish this year.

*prays for more snowflakes*
cowboyguy: (brian justin omg)
Today I went out and bought myself a new toy. It's an Acer Aspire One, blue, and its name is TARDIS Jr.
I'm so excited, because I've got it in time for the last half of NaNoWriMo, and I can take a laptop to school without it having to be my big heavy Toshiba. This thing can fit in my purse!
I was a little worried about the keyboard size when I was first reading reviews, but it's actually not that bad. My fingers are small enough that if I just make sure I'm in the ASDF-JKL; position before I start typing, I'm almost at my normal typing speed.
Anyway, I'm completely giddy right now. Wheeeheeheehee!
cowboyguy: (doctor haaay!)
Argh. Just argh. And maybe a side of grrrr.
My word count for NaNo is 13,809. On the 11th, it was 13,310. Why, you ask, have I written only five hundred words in three days? Because I spent the past two days laying in my bed being miserable and recovering from the flu. I swear, this has been the craziest NaNo November I've ever had. Since election day, I have been consistently sick with one thing or another. I'm finally better, but now I'm about 10,000 words behind in my word count. I've got two weeks to go, and I'm going to have to write over 36,000 words if I still want to win. I'm gonna need some serious determination if I want to get all the way to 50k. Wish me luck!
/rant
cowboyguy: (justin working)
I'm so proud of myself right now. Today (so far) my NaNo word count is 12,183. This is further than I have ever gotten in NaNoWriMo in the three years that I've done it. And I've still got 19 more days to go!
I'm absolutely determined to make it to 50,000 this year, and that determination has just been strengthened by the fact that if I finish, I get a paperback version of my novel. Apparently CreateSpace will give all winners a free paperback copy of their novel, which is just made of awesome. Even if it never gets actually published, the fact that words that I have written will be put together into an actual book is just too exciting to pass up. So I'm getting to 50,000, even if I have to stay awake all night for the last week!

That said, how's everyone else doing?

(Look, my Justin has a cowboy hat. *points to mood icon*)
cowboyguy: (sid bliss)
I got my new E key today! My laptop is complete again! Although now it feels a little weird, I'd kind of gotten used to typing without an actual key on there.

That's about it. Off to NaNo some more with my shiny new key.
cowboyguy: (brian justin hug)
Note to self: Getting sick and being miserable for five days in the middle of NaNoWriMo does not help one's word count. Next year, load up on vitamins before November to prevent the plague.

But, plague aside, I just passed the 10k mark today, which is further than I've ever gotten in NaNoWriMo before. Yay.
cowboyguy: (brian justin omg)
Hooray, I voted! It was my first time voting in a presidential election. I was a year too late last time. -__- It was terribly exciting and didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. I was only there for about fifteen minutes. So yay for that! Now I'm just completely tense waiting until we find out the results.

(Also, NaNo wordcount: 5,715)
cowboyguy: (doctor haaay!)
How (in)appropriate is it that it's only three days into NaNo, and I've dropped a book on my laptop and popped off the E key on the keyboard? I managed to get it back on, but it just came off again today, so I'm wondering if I've managed to put it back on permanently this time or if it will keep coming off. And AS I WAS WRITING THAT SENTENCE, it's popped off again. Oi. This is gonna be a long November...
cowboyguy: (brian justin hug)
Today's quote, brought to you by the Ad Slogan Generator is:
They drink Ianto in the Congo.

Also, as of now my NaNo word count is 1,388. Pathetic cowboyguy is pathetic. (Although I think it's higher than either of my Day 1 word counts in the previous two years, so that's progress.)

I'm off to do my homework NaNo some more.
cowboyguy: (justin working)
So! NaNoWriMo starts in two days. And this time I'm actually going to make an effort to finish it. Not to make it perfect, not to get caught up in details, just to get to that 50k word count. Right now I'm feeling fairly confident. (But that's what they all say right before they go mad.)

I'm so focused on NaNo starting that I'm not even thinking of Halloween as Halloween. The only part I care about is when midnight hits and I can start writing. Fueled, of course, by a huge supply of leftover candy.

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