NaNoWriMo 2017: Progress Report

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 2.20.23 PM.pngWithout a doubt, this has been my best NaNoWriMo experience so far. I started with an outline, which I am only kinda sort of following so I keep discovering new things about the story by writing it, but still using as enough of a guide that I don’t get lost. I also started a little ahead of the curve with some prologue pieces written in advance, and with that in there as a very encouraging buffer I have only failed to meet the daily 1667 minimum twice — once by only eight words, and another time by about six hundred because I got a lil drunk. (Even so, that wasn’t bad for typing most of it into my phone while actually at the bar.) None of my word counts are astronomical but they’ll get the job done.

As far as the story goes, my main character is desperately trying to stall coming out of the closet to himself. The love interest is kind of interested but mostly wants to back off to keep their budding friendship intact. The beard girlfriend is still waffling on deciding whether she wants an actual relationship or to just keep it as an extended fling between friends. The main character’s dog (golden-lab mix) and the love interest’s cat (tricolor Maine Coon) haven’t met yet, but are destined to be BFFs and go swimming together.

… I am going to need a lot of beta readers when this draft is complete. Or whatever the proper term is when it isn’t actually fanfiction.

(Fun fact: The main character was originally a very minor character in an AU fanfic idea where the cast of a cartoon show I used to like were played by live actors. Kind of like RPF, only fictional. FRPF. Furpf. I’m sorry, it’s November and I can’t stop the word vomit. THE WORD COUNT FOR THIS POST IS 312 WORDS!)


NaNoWriMo 2017

I’ve finally made a few decisions about what I want to do this November.


I will definitely do NaNoWriMo. My novel is already announced on the site and I’ve come up with a working, if stupid, title that I got from googling “how to come up with a good book title.”

… It’s “Good Book Title.” Which probably won’t stick, although one of the main characters is a published author so maybe I can actually work that in.

The temporary cover image is one of the stock drawings from the how to come up with a good title wiki page.


It’s definitely going to be a second draft of the novel I was working on last year, which crept along so slowly that partway through I had to do an emergency retcon just so I could get anywhere near the end of the story by 50k. Despite that, I think there probably still are some bits I can still use, but a lot needs to be changed/rearranged and there will be a lot of new stuff to fill in the gaps.


I’m cheating a little and already writing. At the moment it’s mostly backstory shorts that wouldn’t necessarily be in the novel though.

… I say that, and yet it’s vital character building stuff for the main character’s later struggle with his sexuality as an adult. So I don’t know.


Boy howdy do I write better if I treat each scene like a short story. So for now I’m sticking with that, and filling in later. If I can spend November just getting down the most important bits, that would still be great progress.

So there’s that. Let me know if you’ve tried the each-scene-treated-like-short-story method and how it worked for you!

Tomorrow’s post will be about the fires in Sonoma County, where I happen to live.

IWSG Post #07


March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Recently, actually. It didn’t work out, but I did end up rereading some short pieces I wrote in 2010 and probably haven’t revisited since. It’s fascinating to read stuff you no longer have any idea where you were going with.

The reason it didn’t work out is because the new idea that had inspired me to look through my old writing didn’t quite fit with the characters I’d been thinking of. Which is kind of irritating, because I miss them and had gotten all excited over the idea that I might be able to get down a new piece of their story… but when I read back over what I had so far, I realized it wasn’t something that would happen to them.

But that’s okay, because I still wrote the new idea. Part one, anyway. The rest is still in progress and was partly spurred on by wanting to find something new to ground the initial concept in.

Maybe I’ll pull the old story out and fiddle with it next, after I’m done with this new project. It’s nice to be reminded of a story that I know I’ll put down on paper some day but don’t feel pressured or rushed to do so. Over the past two years that’s basically what my NaNoWriMo novels have been — big fancy excuses . I haven’t finished them either yet, but that’s okay too. They’ll come together when they’re ready.

(I’m still coasting on the gleeful fact that in the past two years and even just the past few months I’ve done a lot more original creative writing than I have in years. This should last for a while and I’m content with that.)

Daily Writing Progress #37

Sunday, November 20th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 25452
    • New Words: 2337

Monday, November 21st

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 26071
    • New Words: 619

Tuesday, November 22nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28018
    • New Words: 1947

Wednesday, November 23d

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 110

Thursday, November 24th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 0

Friday, November 25th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 30971
    • New Words: 2843

Saturday, November 26th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 33412
    • New Words: 2441

Daily Writing Progress #36

I could be doing better, but I feel okay about this. (Major personal accomplishment in that sentence alone.)

Not bad, considering I’m going most of my writing on my phone via Google doc.

Saturday, November 12th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 14179
    • New Words: 2254 (!!!)

 Sunday, November 13th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 16861
    • New Words: 2682 (!!!)

Monday, November 14th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18077
    • New Words: 1216

Tuesday, November 15th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18784
    • New Words: 707

Wednesday, November 16th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 20138
    • New Words: 1354

Thursday, November 17th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 21547
    • New Words: 1409

Friday, November 18th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 22079
    • New Words: 532

Saturday, November 19th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 23115
    • New Words: 1036

Daily Writing Progress #35

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 3522
    • New Words: 516

Thursday, November 3rd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 4274
    • New Words: 752

Friday, November 4th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 5376
    • New Words: 1102
  • Thoughts: I’m not hitting the ideal daily word goal of 1667, but so far every day I write more than I did the day before!

Saturday, November 5th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 6535
    • New Words: 1159

Sunday, November 6th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 6821
    • New Words: 285

Monday, November 7th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 7853
    • New Words: 1032

Tuesday, November 8th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 8269
    • New Words: 416

Wednesday, November 9th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 9315
    • New Words:

Thursday, November 10th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 10166
    • New Words: 1046

Friday, November 11th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 11925
    • New Words: 1759
  • Thoughts: Woohoo, word count on target for today, first time!

Daily Writing Progress #34

Wednesday, October 26th

  • Missed this day.

Thursday, October 27th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 1853
    • New Words: 132

Friday, October 28th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, October 29th

  • Missed this day.

Sunday, October 30th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2097
    • New Words: 244

Monday, October 31st

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2125
    • New Words: 28

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Project: IWSG post #3
    • Word County: 336
  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 3006
    • New Words: 881
  • Thoughts: NaNoWriMo is off to a good start!

Daily Writing Progress #33

Wednesday, October 12th – Friday, October 21st

  • Sort of missed these days.
  • I did some outlining in a program that doesn’t let me run a word count, plus some keys on my laptop keyboard are crapping and really need to get repaired.

Saturday, October 22nd

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Word Count: 1151
  • Thoughts: In college, a friend and I came up with in college, based of a favorite show and our takes on what their actors would be like if it were a live action show instead of animated. It was ridiculous and hilariously fun, and now I’m finally writing the story of two of them. (Side characters that we made up completely. One of the actors’ ex best friend, mainly. But reincarnations of two of the main characters have worked their way into my NaNo novel as well.)

Sunday, October 23rd

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Total Word Count: 1620
    • New Words: 469
  • Thoughts:  This is going to need some work, but I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten with it so far! Most of the plot is already there in my head and has been for a long time… lurking… waiting… It’s just the details and some of connecting the dots that’s giving me trouble. But I’m almost to the fun angsty part.

Monday, October 24th

  • Project: QWERTY post
    • Word Count: 412
  • Thoughts:  Typed on Evernote in my phone, woohoo computer problems lol.

Tuesday, October 25th

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Total Word Count: 1721
    • New Words: 101
  • Thoughts: I gave my partner a critique on a short story (read it, you know you want to) and got a critique in return, so even though I  didn’t add much to the word count it felt like a good writing day all around. 😊

Daily Writing Progress #32

Tuesday, October 4th

  • Project: NaNoWriMo post
    • Word Count: 334
  • Thoughts:  

Wednesday, October 5th – Thursday, October 6th

  • Missed these  days.

Friday, October 7th

  • Project: Romance prompt story
    • Word Count: 284
  • Thoughts:  The prompt was so cliched that I wanted to mess with it. I’m not completely sure where I’m going with it though… I may have to restart.

Saturday, October 8th

  • Project: Horror movies post
    • Word Count: 383
  • Thoughts:  It’s been a rough week.

Sunday, October 9th

  • Project: Horror movie post
    • Total Word Count: 613
    • New Words: 230
  • Thoughts:  I’m glad I got this done. Kind of hard.

Monday, October 10th

  • Missed this day.

Tuesday, October 11th

  • Project: Sleeping Beauty, draft 2
    • Word Count: 225
  • Thoughts:  Yeah, I started over on this too haha.

Daily Writing Progress #31

I’m very amused by how organized I tried to be with my posting schedule, and now it’s more like oh yeah, whenever. Sometimes that’s just the way life goes.

Friday, September 30th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, October 1st

  • Project: IWSG Post #02
    • Word Count: 461
  • Thoughts:  I missed last month’s question, but this time I got it done early! 😀

Sunday, October 2nd

  • Project: Sleeping Beauty story
    • Word Count: 217
  • Thoughts: I have an idea for where I want this story to go, but I’m not completely sure how to get it there. Hmm.

Monday, October 3rd

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Total Word Count: 797
    • New Words: 34
  • Thoughts: Still liking how this is going. With this stupid cold, though, I don’t have much energy to work on it.