Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Still Going!

The first week of my personal NaNo, I wrote only twelve pages, three short of my goal. I didn't feel too bad, since that's still better than an average week. But, I felt I could do better. So this past week I made up the difference, writing eighteen pages to get to page 230 in Shattered Skies, and on track with the fifteen page/week goal. Yay! It makes me happy when I accomplish hard things. I'm on pace so far this week to hit fifteen again. It's always hard to predict what will come up and get in the way. I'm sure you know how that is. Life, right?

I am approaching half-way on my novel, I think. It's hard for me to know for sure (not much of a plotter). My last book went on about 20K longer than I expected. But I've come this far in less than six months, which is exciting for me. It would be great to have the whole thing finished within a year. At any rate, I should be halfway through by the end of the month.

I've hit that point, though, where I start to get bogged down and wonder where I'm going with this thing. I have an idea of what I want to happen and where I want to end up, but the details feel elusive sometimes. I start to doubt my ability to even write a novel. It's kind of weird, this self-doubt. I mean, I've done it before right? I even sold one! I should be able to do it again.

This is where I just have to trust myself to get it all figured out and keep on going!

How are your NaNo goals coming? Can you believe we're halfway through already?

12 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

You're doing great with your goals!

Veronica Roth recently wrote about writing out of order. If you have a scene idea, perhaps you could write it in a separate notebook to see if that helps inspire you to get the details down and continue forward.

It is hard to believe it is halfway through NaNo and November. Then at times it feels like it should be December already. I should finish novel one today and start novel two tomorrow. :)

Linz said...

Way to go!!! Keep on working!! I can't wait to read this one!!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Keep on writing!

I just hit 47K. My goal is to write not 50K but the entire rough draft, which should be around 80K. So far so good!

Nisa said...

You will get it, Angie. You are very talented and you've definitely been here before. We all get stuck (quite a lot actually) and if you can get stuck, you can get unstuck.

Good luck. You're doing great!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Keep on going, Angie!

Stacy Henrie said...

Way to go on reaching your goals! That's exciting.

Angie said...

Thank you, Terry and Stacie. I appreciate your support!

Amie Borst said...

thats so great! you've set goals and you're achieving them! my NaNo isn't going so great...mostly because i've been sick all month :(

Tyrean Martinson said...

Keep On Writing Angie!!! You can do it!!! I love your writing goals and your success!!!

I'm halfway through NaNo and just wrote the first true action scene in my book . . . which is odd because in my novel from last year, there was a swordfight, sea serpent attack, major battle scene, etc every 15 pages or so . . .which was too much. This year, I feel like I spent 25,000 words explaining everything . . . eek. It's going to need huge revision, but oh well. I'll get the first draft done, and then worry about that.

Jolene Perry said...

My nano goal was to NOT do nano, and to do some revising.
The problem?
Shiny new idea . . .

Priscilla said...

What's NaNo??
I'm new to blogging and i'm just trying to figure everything out.
Thanks!

Angie said...

Welcome, Priscilla. NaNo is short for National Novel Writing Month, where people try to write an entire book in the month of November. Quite a feat!