Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 3


If you haven’t been over there yet, check out www.deanwesleysmith.com. Dean’s the inspiration for this blog series, and has been doing the daily writing in public thing for over a year now. He’s doing something awesome this month. Instead of writing one novel (which he does every month anyway), he plans to write THREE novels of at least 40k words each. An awesome way to step up for a special challenge for NaNoWriMo.
I think that’s what NaNo ought to be about, really: challenging yourself. For a novice writer, getting anything down on paper is a great challenge. For a more experienced writer, you’d do better to choose something different. I use NaNoWriMo to push myself every year – to do something with my writing that I haven’t done before.

Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 2

Word for the day: Ouch.

Pulled something in my back. I suspect an intercostal muscle is the culprit, but hard to say for sure. The result is a steady dose of ibuprofen, followed with some naproxen at bedtime. Still managed to get a little writing in before work. Believe it or not, filling a sock with a bag of instant rice, heating the sock in the microwave, and then applying the resulting warm compress to your back CAN make sitting up and writing with a pulled back muscle a bearable experience.

Bearable doesn’t really mean fun, of course. But hey, nothing like delving into a fantasy world to take your mind off your aches and pains, right? (more…)

Writing in Public,Too: Day 28

writinginpublicJust leaving a quick note today, with a link to a good article. Sometimes, life does explodey things. Kris and Dean call these “life rolls”. Best advice is usually to stop, breathe, acknowledge them, and then prepare to step forward again.

It was not a writing day today. Will try for one tomorrow, but no guarantees.

Here’s the article. A good one.


Writing in Public, Too: Day 13

writinginpublicToday was a day off. Was still working the day job… But took an actual day off the writing. Watched my show with Susan, went out with a friend in the evening. Just took a night to relax.

The writing will still be there tomorrow. And I think it’s wise to spend time on all the things that matter to you.




Totals for Day 13

Daily Fiction Wordcount: 0 words    Month to date fiction: 16900 words

Daily Blog Post Wordcount: 84 words    Month to date blog posts: 7573 words

Writing in Public, Too: Day 1 – First Steps

Today was a busy day. Aren’t they all? (grin)

I rolled out of bed at about 9am. Not a work day, so not a problem. Spent the morning hanging out with the kids and wife. Helped her cook up a dish to bring to a party she was going to, and made chocolate chip cookies for the kids. Also checked email and did a few posts to LinkedIn. I’m not counting those toward writing totals. I value the LinkedIn discussions – they’re about publishing and writing, and educational – but they’re not something I can produce and publish. So I’m counting only my publishable fiction & nonfiction, and my blog entries for purposes of this challenge.

My wife left around 3pm. I spent 3-6pm working up the courage to post that first challenge blog, and then figuring out what precisely I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it. Then I made dinner, ate with the kids, and dished out cookies for dessert.

Then back to the computer for a bit while they wound down. More email answering. Finally, I was doing a little writing, as best I could between the kids needing help with this or that. Didn’t get a whole lot done, and it was creeping along. One of those days where you can barely get words down.

Got the kids to bed at 9pm. Wife still not home, and the kids stayed a little noisy til around ten. Just one of those nights… Still, made forward progress, and then even more once they settled.

Wife got home about 12:30am, and she filled me in on how things went for a half hour. Then I polished up the last bit I was working on, ended the chapter for “Ashes Ascendant”, the next Ryan Blackwell urban fantasy novel, and wrote this post.

Not the banner day I was hoping to start with. I had daydreams about kicking the challenge off with a good 8k+ word day. (chuckle) Not too worried, though, as it was a good start. Part of what this challenge is about is building the habits of success – continuing to push, not in little spurts, but every day.

So I’ll call today a win. Made some good headway, and I’m pleased with how the story is going.


Totals for Day 1

Fiction Wordcount: 3100 words

Blog Post Wordcount: 1440 words