June 18th, 2013


Last weekend marked the end of my personal NaNoWriMo--CaNoWriMo if you will. I was hoping to get to the end of the first draft in that time, but I didn't make it. I logged 80,000 words, which is 2/3 to 3/4 of the book (somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 words to go). I was a little surprised (and bummed) to find that I couldn't do it in a month when apparently dozens of people do it every November. Then I remembered NaNoWriMo is based on writing 50,000 words in a month, and I felt quite chuffed. Then I listened to a Writing Excuses podcast in which Brandon Sanderson mentioned writing 16,000 words in a day and felt bummed again when I considered how pleased I had been by the day in which I wrote just over 6,000. Then again, I am old enough to be Sanderson's mother. Well, I think I am. I don't actually have any idea how old he is, but he looks quite young in his author photo.

So I've set a new goal: two more weeks to finish the book in. We'll see if I make it. For those of you keeping track, this is my new fantasy novel, which does not yet have a publisher or even an agent since Jenn has not yet seen it. *fingers crossed*