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Nano Winner-2012

So, November, and NaNoWriMo, is over and won. Yes, I won for the second year in a row. Over the last week, I started to doubt that I’d be able to get the 50,000 words done. But, I buckled down and made sure I met at least my daily goal. And I did it. On Thursday in fact. So one day early. And I don’t feel like I “vomited” words onto the page or wrote anything just for the sake of putting words down. Is there some stuff that I’m sure will be cut when I go back over it? Yes. Is it polished? Absolutely not. It’s a first draft, or rather the first 50-60% of one. But, I think it has a fairly solid foundation to build on. And that’s what I plan to do this month. Hoping to have the first draft finished by the end of December(before Christmas would be even better, but that may be pushing too hard). I’m planning on keeping my word goals up there, but not as high as November. And I have no plan to write on weekends, since that’s when most of our holiday gatherings will be.

I didn’t write anything this weekend, but as I was going to bed last night, at around 10:30, I suddenly was struck with an idea for the scene I started working on Friday. I wanted to write it down but didn’t want to go back out to the computer. And had no paper or pen nearby. so, instead I grabbed my phone. I have the mobile Evernote app on there, as well as on my computer. I mostly use it for doing my daily to-do lists(and monthly goals), but I find when I’m away from my computer/notebook, this is the best way to jot down when those ideas strike. And even better, it syncs it right with the program on my computer. I’ve only been using it since the beginning of August, but haven’t really found anything I don’t like about it yet. And a lot that I do.


As I said, I made it to 50,000 words by Thursday. Which made me very happy. But, I didn’t stop there. I still wrote on Friday even though I had officially won. Because this month wasn’t just about writing 50,000 words. It was about getting a large chunk of this story done. But, there’s no point to that if I don’t finish it. So that is what this month is for. Last week I wrote 13,282 words. Monday: 2663, Tuesday: 3310, Wednesday: 3115, Thursday: 2676, Friday: 1518. Over the month of November I averaged 1718 words a day and wrote 28 out of thirty days. On those days, I averaged 1841words. Not too shabby that. this month, my numbers will probably look more like Friday’s than the beginning of the week. And that’s okay. It should still get this done before the end of the month.

I also finished taking notes from the book I was using for research. But, I have a few more things I have to look into before I pick the other story back up. Plus, I think it will be easier to focus on just the one. So, I’ll probably start working on it again in January


I finished reading Soul of a Vampire and picked up another book to read but within the first couple chapters, had no interest in it, so stopped reading it. Now, I am reading Souled by Diana Murdock. Currently 20% through it.


I worked out with the Wii on Thursday and walked on the treadmill Friday. This next week, I’m planning to get back on course with tracking what I eat and plan to start cutting back on snacks. Or at least measuring them out. My biggest problem seems to come when I’m writing. I got a bunch of bags of Quaker Quakes. There’s supposed to be 3 servings in the bag. I finish them in one sitting almost before I realize it. I won’t even mention the package of Chex Mix Muddy Buddies I finished off while writing last week.

Goals for next week:

  • write at least 7500 words on Healing the Heart
  • More research for Flames of Redemption
  • Have at least first 10 chapters of Slow Revenge read through
  • Finish reading Souled
  • Start Elemental Magic by Angela Wallace
  • Work out at least 3 days
  • Keep track of calories 5 days

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: End of NaNo and Evernote" (2)

  1. Congratulations on meeting the NaNo challenge! It’s a great feeling. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on winning NaNo. As for writing notes, I find that Springpad works for me. I like that fact that there’s no desktop app.

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