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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 1 Overview

I’m posting status updates a day (or two) after it happens to get a clearer idea of how things are going with NaNoWriMo this year.  At the risk of alienating readers who are interested in just *reading*, not the behind the scenes, if you receive my blog updates this month with ‘NaNoWriMo’ in the title, be forewarned that it’s going to be a post about my work-in-progress, Aurorae Rising.

For those of you who new to following me on my blog here, welcome!!  Let me take a moment to briefly describe what Aurorae Rising is about and then I’ll jump into my actual progress so far.

Aurorae Rising is an adventure novel about an errand boy who is charged with the strangest delivery of his life – escorting a sealed document on a cross-country dirigible race to a neighboring land.”

NaNoWriMo suggests a daily average of 1,667 words towards the ultimate goal of 50,000 words during the month of November. I don’t like putting things off and sliding in by the “skin of my teeth” so I’m projecting completion a couple of days before the November 30th deadline.  I’m also trying to write ahead (when I can) to factor in days like Thanksgiving when it’s “family time”.

My Target Daily Project Goal: 1,667 / 50,000

Word Count: 4,175

Hours Today: 4

For those that are interested in stats, I’m using Svenia Liv’s lovely Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the numbers.

This comes out to 8.4% of the novel written in 1 day.  In terms of page numbers, rounding at about 250 words to a double-spaced page, this is roughly 16 pages of new material, more work that I’ve produced in months, accomplished in 1 day.  See, NaNo is good for something!

How I Felt Today:

By nature, I am a morning lark and I get my best stuff done in the AM which is why I should *not* be writing right now discussing NaNo, I should be working on the novel. Needless to say, I got a lot accomplished.

I also attended my first official write-in event in the STL community over at the Maplewood Public Library.  There were fifteen of us that evening writing away on laptops and iPads over the course of three hours.  I used a pen and notebook.

Although the peer pressure of writing around other people is useful for getting writing done (I still penned 1,500 words over two hours), my hand starts to cramp  and my neck hurts from being  hunched over a notebook for that length in time.  There’s also the uncomfortable feeling that you’re the odd man out because you didn’t bring a portable.

It’s a good half a mile walk there from the nearest bus stop and a half a mile back in the dark.  That’s another fair piece of consideration.  An hour in transit time altogether.  There are meetings in other locations too, on other days of the week.  I’m going to have to think it over and decide what’ll be the most productive option long-term.

My husband was SO proud I met my goal today.  He’s been so amazingly supportive and I’m so lucky to be married to him.  I love you honey!

I’ll post again on my continued progress.



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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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