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National Novel Write Month

National Novel Write Month

Sigh! I managed to write 61,451 words this month which amounts to 2048.36 words a day. I won by passing the 50,000 word mark but didn't quite finish the story. I could have shortened and ended it prematurely. But, then the villains would have gotten away and the budding romance between the two main characters would not have gotten off the ground and ...

Doing nano has established a habit. The habit of getting up at 6:30 every morning (thank you cats) and writing after breakfast until father gets up sometime around 9:30. James gets up around 7:30 which gives me a quiet hour to myself, then after he eats, he keeps himself occupied. The rest of the day we will be getting back to our normal schedule of lessons, house cleaning, working on my online class, reading, playing, blogging, and working.

Studies have shown that it takes two weeks to form a habit. I've been at this for 4 weeks so it certainly should be a habit by now. I am going to finish the first draft without editing. I'm just going to write like my hair is on fire everyday in the morning until the story is done. I am estimating the need to write approximately 25k to 50k more words. Which will get me through the month of December. We have 3 weeks off beginning December 7th. Then and only then, will I go into edit mode.

We homeschooling moms who were part of the nanowrimo group on the Well trained mind forum have all agreed we want to continue writing and need support, so will continue the online group as Writing Like Your Hair Is On Fire. And that is the world's worst sentence, but I'll fix it later when I turn my internal editor back on.

" To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph." Mark Twain


  1. Great habit to establish. Good luck!!

  2. Congrats on completing the NaNo challenge! I was excited to see your word count progress as I struggled toward the end just to get to 50k. But I agree, it was habit forming and my characters are still telling me they have more things to to say so I think i'll keep working on it this month.


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