Nano, Day 18.... If you're attempting Nanowrimo (aiming to write 1667 words daily for the month of November) you should be on 30,000 words by the end of today.
I'm currently 479 words up on that. And I'm a happy lady.
I'm also a stone's throw from another big total - 60,000 words on my manuscript. Authors may know this "magic" number. For a lot of publishers, 60,000 words is the minimum word count for a book to be considered a novel. Below that and it's a novella. Why is this a big deal? Pricing and categorising. Dreamspinner (my publisher) will put any story above 60k into paperback. If your story comes in at 59k, then it doesn't.
I started Nano with just under 30k on the dial of my story. I now have 60k. I have a book. I'm happy. Now I just have to finish the book and get Shane his happy ending. Of course, the hardest bits are yet to come. The self-editing, the submission to a publisher, the anxious wait for a yay or nay, the editing and the release. But for now, I'm happy to reach that 60k.
Nano total: 30,479
Today's mantra: Yes, yes, yes
You may notice that my Nano blog went from Day 2 to Day 5... that's because I didn't do much Nano-ing on Day 3 and Day 4.
Day 3 was a long awaited coffee date with a couple of the M/M Perth crowd. No way am I missing that! A chance to have cake and coffee without the calories - everyone knows that coffee and cake shared with friends is calorie free! And to top it all off it was a beautiful spring day and we had some of the best views in Perth.
Day 4 wasn't a good day for writing. My husband invited his parents over for an hour... and they ended up staying just shy of 5 hours. My writing hours.
Today I was stressed and behind in the word count, so I sat down to get it done. In the two hours following that sitting down in front of my computer, I planted out three plants, weeded the front garden bed, repotted several plants, pruned some other plants, filled up the compost, picked up some fallen branches... basically anything my brain wanted me to do - apart from writing.
The good news is I buckled down later and added 1400 words. Not the 1667 required, but on my way to get there. It's now 9pm and hopefully I have another hour in me to work before bed. Another 300 words and I'll do the total for today, but I need 900 words to catch up to where I should be.
Nano total: 7391
Today's mantra: Write or weed, that is the question
So after I posted yesterday (see blog post below), I did get on my bicycle and get some words on the screen. I'm above the required Nano count for Day 2, and that's all that matters, right?
Today's Nano total was crap though. I spent some time doing Mummy duties this morning, then switched to the Housewife cap and brought an atrocious amount of vegetables at the shop. (Note to self: this is supposed to be spring! Where are all the spring veggies coming out of the garden? You've been lazy.)
By the time I got around to putting my Author cap on, read through yesterday's work, deleted some of it, added to some... I was then a whole 173 words up. The Housewife cap came back out while I vacuumed the house, then I dashed off to pick up a child. (Interesting note: I was pulled over by police on horseback today... random breath test. Not something that happens regularly to me. The guy was an arse though.)
Other good news? I've washed the grey out of my hair tonight. Dinner was quiche, which contained eggs from the chooks, and spring onions and carrots from the garden. Score. And my characters are finally talking. I'm doing well. Hopefully I can get this misunderstanding between them sorted tonight after the kids go to bed.
Nano total: 3833
Today's mantra: Chill! It will be okay.
Sometimes things just need to be said.