Novel Month 2015 – Day 6, early morning

I’ve got the radio turned to classic rock tonight, and they played “Silent Lucidity” earlier. In my mind, that’s the ending them to Before I Wake (here that, Hollywood?), and that got me in a writing mood.

I think I’ve got the glitch figured out. Turning off “tearing prevention” seems to have helped (knock on wood!). So things are a little better. I’d say I’m halfway through Chapter 2 and, more importantly, over the 10K mark. We’re in 5-digit land, baby! And there’s still more day to come. I might even have a third post in a few hours.

This session’s word count: 651
Total word count: 10,253

Novel Month 2015 – Day 6, (very) early morning

Once again, it’s after midnight, so it’s a new day.

I worked some more on Chapter 2, and I hope to add to it a bit through the wee hours. I’ve been having a couple of computer glitches (something to do with KDE compositing and vsync and Radeon drivers, I don’t know all the details) which have hampered my pace, but I have nothing but time. Expect another update before noon.

This session’s word count: 731
Total word count: 9,622

Novel Month 2015 – Day 5, morning

I started writing late last night, so I figured I’d roll it into a single post.

Chapter 2 is in full swing. I still haven’t gotten out of the exposition phase, but things are developing. It’s a different POV, but one I can empathize with, which makes the whole thing go faster. I’d say I’m about a third of the way done with it. And that means I’m running out of time to figure out where the story goes from here.

On the off chance that I write some more this morning, I’ll throw in a “late morning” post or something. Otherwise, see you tonight or early tomorrow.

This session’s word count: 2,177
Total word count: 8,891

Novel Month 2015 – Day 4, morning

I’m ready to go to bed.

I finished Chapter 1. I won’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s pretty much all worldbuilding, setting the stage for the rest of the story. I’m still not sure what that story is, but I’ve got time to work that out.

This session’s word count: 1,518
Total word count: 6,714

Novel Month 2015 – Day 3, continued

So I’m feeling a bit better, and I’m definitely more rested. (I slept till 4:30 PM!)

I finished the penultimate scene of Chapter 1, and I plan on completing the chapter before I go to bed. It’s all still exposition and worldbuilding at this point, but the story is coming together.

I’m ahead of the pace for now, and I hope to keep it that way. My weird sleeping schedule means I’ll lose a day somewhere before the end of November, so it’s important that I keep moving.

This session’s word count: 828 (Seems silly to call it “today’s” count at this point.)
Total word count: 5,196

Novel Month 2015 – Day 2, continued

I told you I’d be back.

I slept really late today, and that’s probably going to be the case for the rest of this week, so I’ll likely be doing these “split” updates the next few days. I’ve been writing some more on Chapter 1, and I’m close to the 3/4 mark. Maybe I can finish it late tonight. If not, it’ll definitely be tomorrow.

Today’s word count: 1,086
Total word count: 3,873

Novel Month 2015 – Day 2

It’s after midnight, so this counts as a new day, right?

I got bored, and I’m not sleepy, so I wrote a bit more. It’s not much, just finishing the scene I was in yesterday evening. If nothing else, it’s that much less I’d have to write later. This all but finishes the first half of Chapter 1, and it gives me time to think, so I’m calling it a win.

Whatever I write after I wake up will probably go in a continuation post tonight.

Today’s word count: 950
Total word count: 2,787

Novel Month 2015 – Day 1

Let’s get this started.

The first day could’ve gone better, but I beat the average. Most of the writing was setup work, building the bridge from the first part of the overarching story. I’d say I’m about a third of the way through Chapter 1, maybe a little less. I had planned for more, but I’ll take it.

I’m using the built-in word count in Vim, so this may not reflect the actual count, but it should be close enough. If we get to the end of the month and I’m that close, then I didn’t do a good enough job.

Today’s word count: 1,837
Total word count: 1,837

At the starting gate

When this post goes up, it’ll be Halloween, even though I’m writing it a couple of days ahead of time. Tomorrow, then, will be November 1st, and that means it’s time to write a novel. Officially, this isn’t NaNoWriMo, because I’m not following their rules to the letter. But I am going by what I feel is the original spirit of the challenge.

So here’s the goal: 50,000 words or a complete novel, whichever comes first. The deadline? Midnight on the 30th. Each day, I’ll try to post a little update about my progress. This certainly won’t be some kind of live blog, though, so don’t expect up-to-the-minute results. After all, I can only write so much. Regular posts (writing stuff on Mondays, code on Wednesdays, conlangs on Fridays) will resume December 2. Until then, I’ll be in hardcore writing mode.

I already have the basic idea for the story I’ll be writing. It’s a continuation of the one I did in 2013. To be honest, I have written parts 2 and 3, along with about half of part 4, but I’ve decided to scrap that work, because I have a better understanding of the setting now, and the old parts don’t fit into it anymore. (Technically, NaNoWriMo requires an original story, and you’re not supposed to start thinking about it until October. Yet another reason why I’m not following the letter of the rules.)

Now, my sleeping schedule is a bit…odd, and my writing schedule is even worse, so I’m not going to schedule these daily updates like I have been with everything else on the site. They’ll go up when I feel I’m “done” writing for the day. That may be at 2 PM or 2 AM. There’s not much I can do about that, short of forcing myself to stay on a schedule, and…let’s just say that circumstances tend conspire against that.

If you want to play along at home, that’s great! Whether you stick to the NaNoWriMo rules or follow my lead and take it easy, just go for it. If you can’t do it, there’s always next year.