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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 2 Overview

For those of you who are 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’ve got my own goals this year so keep reading to receive an update on how my work-in-progress this year is going!

My Target Project Goal: 3,334 / 50,000

Actual Word Count: 6,349 / 50,000

Words Written Today: 2,174

Hours Today: 2

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 4.3% of the novel written today.  In terms of page numbers, rounding at about 250 words to a double-spaced page, this is roughly 8 pages of new material.

How I Felt Today:

I wrote for about 50 minutes this morning and got in a little over 1,000 words.  I’m finding that when I’m focused, I can write 4 pages an hour.  This revelation is incredible to me because I used to not be able to write 4 pages a week.

I do have some powerful motivators.  I’ve been using leftover Halloween candy as an incentive to reach mini-goals, and I’ve got a fun 11×17 NaNo chart on my wall by the desk that I’m putting gold stars each time I meet a writing goal.  Each star gets dated with the date I met that goal.  Yes, that’s how I roll. Deal with it.

My husband continues to be supportive and applauds (literally) when I meet my goal for the day, as he did this evening.  Other writers I’ve talked to about NaNoWriMo are dampening my spirits a bit.  They look down on the process or dismiss it because November is “such a busy month”.  I’m trying to not let it bother me that they don’t rejoice with my successes.

Frankly, if you’re writing, you need to write for yourself, not someone else’s good opinion.  It’s the grace of God that’s helping me meet these goals and go above and beyond what I’m normally able to accomplish daily and I believe that if I’m diligent, I may have a good shot at meeting my goal for Week 1.

Why just Week 1?  Not Week 4 you ask?  There’s enough trouble that comes on a day-to-day basis, just focus on the smaller goals and they’ll snowball.

I brought my notebook with me to work today so in the downtime I can get some more writing accomplished.  I also tried the Write or Die website out.  Is it a bad thing, do you think, that the annoying music they play to get you to START writing sometimes makes me want to STOP just to hear it?

Example — “It’s peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time!”

Oh yeah!

Anyway, I got the chance to type up what I wrote at work and still scraped by, meeting my goal for the day.  I think on my day(s) off this month, I’ll really need to plug away at it to up the ante.  Please don’t kill me, fellow writers. I realize I’ve used a ton of clichés in here.

Brain. Needs. Sleep.


Okay, time to stop and watch some of the Walking Dead, Season 2 on Netflix.

Updates again tomorrow.

This entry was posted in: Writing


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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