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Fri, Nov. 30th, 2018, 03:39 pm
NaNoWriMo Progress

I didn't sign up to do NaNoWriMo, but I have been paralleling it, or as they say with some classes, I've been "auditing" it.  My idea was to work along with the annual Novel Writing Contest to get back on track with the third Stone Island Sea Story.  I'd started it several years ago and for the past few, hadn't made much progress on it.

Somewhere, somehow I ended up with this NaNoWriMo logo, perhaps from last year?

It looks like I'm back on track, as I've no doubt mentioned a few times over the past month.  Basically I've doubled what I'd written up to the first of the month.  And I still have one more writng session to go later this evening.  After last night I'm eight pages short of doubling what I'd written before.  Started with 140 pages and now have 272.  And I've more than doubled the word count, going from 38633 to 79543 total.  In other words I've added 132 more pages and another 40910 words.  If this turns out like the first two books, I'm probably about 2/3 done with it.  It'll probably end up at about 420 pages and around 120k words.  Then of course with some revision and editing it'll drop a bit.
Logo for the Inland Northwest Corvair Club

I've noticed as I worked on the first two, and I'm sure it will happen with this one, that when I edit and revise, rewrite and re-work, that I usually end up taking things out and end up shortening things.  That's a contrast to when I was in school, and when I wrote the original basic story that is becomeing the Stone Island Sea Stories.  Then it seemed I added to something when I rewrote or revised.  I also find myself taking things out when I work on stuff for the newsletters I do, both the Rear Engine Review for the Inland Northwest Corvair Club and SASP News for Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.

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So I feel like the month has been well worth it.  If I would have done some writing that one day I was at the high school arts and crafts fair, I think I would have doubled the page count which was sort of my goal.  And if I'm really creative later tonight, I still might do that, or I will come really close.  And it looks like I'll end up coming really close to the NaNoWriMo goal of 50k words as well.  However that was never really a goal of mine.  The main thing was just to get back to writing and making some progress.  On that count I think I've been more than successful.

Finally, I finished reading Captain Horatio Hornblower: Ship Of The Line a day or so ago.  Earlier today I posted my review of it here on Live Journal.  Today started reading Captain Horatio Hornblower: Flying Colours, which is the final part of the original, first Hornblower stories.  If all goes as it has been with reading the Hornblower series again, I should be done with it in a week or so.  When I am, I'll post the review for it as well.