Pet Excuses

Word Count: 47,315 in ANNIE’S DREAM.

A friend of mine (who also writes) says I am obsessed with my word count.

This is a technique to keep me focused on the discipline of writing. I’ve always known that I can write; the question and problem has been why don’t I write more?

The old excuses:

1) Writer’s block

2) Nothing to say

3) Fear of success (*ask me about this if you are interested)

4) Lack of time

Do you have any pet excuses for not writing? By the way, the number of words that I should write each day to complete a 50,000 word novel in a month is just about:

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Day 23: 49,202 Words

I’m excited about “winning” NaNoWriMo. I hear there’s a tee-shirt I can buy! And I’ve got more award badges to iron-on my blue jean jacket! I may finish the 50,000 words tonight, but even if I don’t, I will write the last 798 words sometime.

However, METAL MAN WALKING will not be complete when it reaches 50,000 words for the story is not over yet.

I keep writing; will you keep reading?

NaNoWriMo Badges

I’ve earned 5 of the 10 NaNoWriMo badges that I’m excited to iron-on some piece of clothing I either already own or that I’ll purchase cheaply at Goodwill, in honor of my main character, Charlie Logan.

I’ve earned the following badges:

1) NaNo Socializing – for attending the Summerville Write-in last Sunday.

2) Creative Nonfiction – for including real-life events in my novella

3) Eureka Moment – for experiencing an “a-hah!” moment when my story sort of ‘came together.’

4) Caffeine Abuse – for consuming dangerous amounts of caffeine in my quest for 50K words.

5) Word-Count Padding – for quoting song lyrics once and adding a few dream sequences in order to pad the word count, sort of anyway.

21,089 Word Count Update

Just finished rough draft of Chapter Fifteen: Black September in my novella, METAL MAN WALKING. Charlie’s sixteen, a minor league catcher, and realizing he’s an alcoholic. The boy’s a moving along under his own power. Writer: “Beware!” Readers: “Enjoy!”

12,794 Words

Attended the Summerville NaNoWriMo 2011 “Write-In” this afternoon at Atlanta Bread Company. The gathering included about 15 or 16 writers, each attempting to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Each person was at a different place in the overall word count, but each was dedicated to completing the task. Jokes about “any word will do; who cares about quality” were rampant. A fun afternoon with people considerably younger than myself. To that I say, “Who cares about age?”

I concluded the afternoon with a grand total of 12,794 words. I finished Chapter Seven: Whiskey Sour. I can’t say anything about the quality of this chapter as I was writing furiously while being a real Chatty Cathy, having had so little sleep – again! – last night.


1625 Words

This word-number-watching is wild. I’ve never been concerned about how many words I’ve written up until this challenge. I’m happy that Pages has an automatic word-count, or I’d be loony already. At this point, my prologue has reached an awesome 1625 words, including I presume the title and my name.

I’m really gearing up to get started on Chapter One at midnight, October 31st.