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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 6-7 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: 11,669 / 50,000

Actual Word Count: 14,055 / 50,000

Words Written Today: 1,611

Hours Today: 1.5

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 3.2% of the novel written today.  In terms of page numbers, rounding at about 250 words to a double-spaced page, this is roughly 6 pages of new material.

How I Felt Today:

Election Day was completely useless for trying to get writing done.  My husband and I were out of bed at an ungodly early hour (and yes, I AM a morning person).  We got to the polls shortly after they opened and it was over an hour from when we got in line to when we were feeding the ballots into that new-fangled machine.

Some of my patrons informed me that the media’s reporting three-hour waits in parts of the country. Incredible.  So… Tuesday was a wash.

Wednesday, I fared a little better.  I went to bed at a decent hour and got up early again to work on writing and got the word count you see above.  Not bad for me.  I’m continuing to read one of my ARC’s to review for next month and I’m about a quarter of the way through.

I had to turn down a request for an article because right now, I can’t take any additional work onto my plate, so to speak.  Wednesday night’s critique group was rather interesting.  We had a number of new people checking us out.  It was the group’s 1-year anniversary so we had a little party with a copy of the Missouri Review up for grabs (one of my former teachers, Michael Nye, is an editor there now!).  There was also a drawing for a recent edition of the Novel & Short Story Writers Market. A good collection of stuff.

I haven’t digested all of the feedback for my vignette, The French Letter, which was the story critiqued.  Some good, some really surprising, borderline bad.  Live feedback though is probably the most valuable criticism you can receive, however, so I’ll try to remain open and objective.

Time to get ready, set, and write!

Have an awesome day folks. 🙂

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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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