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Unearthed, Potential

I haven’t been keeping up with NaNoWriMo like I wanted. As soon as I took a day off, my “plan” went all to heck. It’s been a challenge to catch up and keep up. I should be able to hit the 50k by day 30. Fingers crossed.

Even though I’ve been writing I decided not to post the story any longer. Partly because it’s no longer sequential. I’ve ended up writing scenes that I want to use in the final book as they come to me, not necessarily following any order or pattern. Definitely not linear and posting as I write would only confuse any potential readers. I guess that’s what I get for not having the outline done before Day one of the project.

Also it’s possible this is going to end up being more than one book. I always knew the story would be open ended at the end. Not because I wanted to do a sequel, but as a writer I like leaving the reader with a thread to wonder about. Something that lets them speculate and possibly build their own conclusions.

This has been my best NaNoWriMo yet. Perhaps after 40 years, I’ve finally matured or maybe realized that — yes — I can write on a schedule.

As we close in on the New Year — yet another — I’ve got plans to finish and make public UNEARTHED and my previous novel in progress TERMINAL.

Thank you for the continued support.

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NaNoWriMo 2009 – Day 4

The body count is growing. Both for the dead and the undead. Call me a murderer. I love killing. I’m 4 for 4.

Quite tired this morning, so I skipped my usual 600-700 hundred word session. If I’m going to maintain this pace I’m going to have to sleep. Had had about 5 hours last night. Sure that might be enough for some of you, but I need my beauty sleep.

I managed to pour out 600+ words during a 30 minute run at lunch. The remainder was excised from my exhausted body over about 2 hours, with a dinner break of chili and cheese, with a side of Destination Truth. That’s a funny show.

The total is what you want, so here you go.

Today: 2708
Total: 10462

I appreciate the support from my favorite forums (DigitalWebbing, PermutedPress and Brian Keene), as well as my twitter pals and of course my family.

I think this is the most I’ve written in several months.

If  you want to read what I’ve done so far, click on Unearthed in the sidebar.

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NaNoWriMo 2009 – Day 3

It got a little shaky today. I hit about 1200 words and I wasn’t sure where I was going to go next. Sure would have helped to have an outline. Yeah, that’s planning for you.

But I did manage to rock out another 2539 words for a grand total of 7754 words.

Oh, I tweeted earlier today that this is turning me into a murderer. Aside from the unnumbered bodies found in the pit, this story has managed to take one soul a day. But in this story, they just don’t stay dead.

If you want to read what I’ve written for fun, you can catch it here:

And please keep in mind this is NaNo so bad grammar, bad spelling and plot holes are expected.

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NaNoWriMo 2009 – Day 2

My friends and colleagues. I’ve survived the second day of NaNoWriMo. I’m keeping up with my 2500 wpd count, hitting past with 2672. A grand total of 5257 words according to the NaNoWriMo site.

I want to thank friends and family for pushing me on. I know it’s only day two, but I nearly gave into watching TV all evening instead of finishing the last 1000 words.

It feels good to be ahead. Woot me. I don’t care if most of my friends are kicking my butt.

If you want to read the story so far in it’s truly unedited form, go ahead.

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NaNoWriMo 2009 – Day 1

Every year or so I attempt to tackle NaNoWriMo. Most times I fail. Usually because I run of steam or I get caught up in the need to edit myself. This year I’m going to tackle NaNo a little different.

1. No Editing!
2. Have a Plan!

I intended to have the story fully outlined, but like many things it got by me before I could embrace the idea. That said I have a really firm idea where this is going and how I’m going to tackle it.

In the past I’ve always been strong the first week or 10 days, then I wane. This time I’m going to push myself at the beginning and taper off purposefully. Week 1, I’m going for 2500 words a day. Every week after drop the wpd by 500. This way I won’t be beating myself up when I should be spending time with family over the holiday.

To keep myself honest, I’m posting the story to my blog. Feel free to read and give comments. I know that there will be holes, there will be gaffs and horrible grammar. It’s truly a rough draft.

I’m posting this under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

I had a really good first day. In just about 3 hours I knocked out 2700 words. So I’m over goal. I hope to keep up steam and make it through the next 29 days. Who knows maybe I end up with a good story that I can work with at the end.

Thanks for reading and the support. If you’re participating too, best of luck and knock it out of the park.

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