NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 8: Starting to Feel the Burn

Current Word Count: 33210

Hello All!

So that was another day where I had a hard time getting into my flow state. Every word was labored over and I just barley got 3K done. I think I’m starting to get a bit burned out, but I’m also so close I don’t want to take a day off. I think I can finish on Friday and I really want to hit that personal goal.

I’m going to try starting earlier tomorrow. It wasn’t working last week, but maybe changing up my routine is what I need right now. Hopefully, I get into the groove and break 40K tomorrow. I feel like I can do it, I just have to figure out how to focus faster and for longer.

Wish me luck!

NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 7: I Passed 30K

Current Word Count: 30149

Hello All!

The title says it all, I cracked 30K today. That means that even with yesterday’s low count I’m still on track to finish next week. Then I can spend the rest of the month slowly editing and refining my new book!

In other news, He Plays She Plays is back in business!

He Play She Plays Podcast

After almost 4 months off air we just posted a new episode. It’s a Mass Effect special just in time for N7 day! If you want to check it out, you can download it here.

I’m pretty happy with today’s progress. I”m hoping to get even more done tomorrow and hit that elusive 5K+ mark.


NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 5: Passed the Halfway Point

Current Word Count: 25468

Hello All!

This one is going to be short. I passed the halfway point tonight and while I’ve technically crossed into day 6 I’m calling this a day 5 win. I’m pretty thrilled to be keeping up this pace, but I am also very tired. So I’m going to go get some rest now!

See you all tomorrow for the day 6 roundup, I’ll try to be more awake next time!


NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 4: A Solid Day

Current Word Count: 20294

Hello All!

Today was a day of revelations. To start, it seems like getting up early doesn’t help. I got through a little over 4000 words again today, and getting up early only seemed to hinder me in the long run. My real strides were made in the afternoon and I was more tired in the evening than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I’m going to sleep in and see if that works better.

My other revelation was for the final chapters of the book. I feel like I have an excellent plan now. If today was a solid day, with very little outlining for the two chapters I worked on, I think I can do even better tomorrow.

Anyway, I’ve been working all day, and I’m getting bleary, so I’m going to head to bed before I try to do something crazy like writing another chapter!


NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 3: Finally Hitting My Stride

Current Word Count: 15861

Hello All!

That’s more like it! I had a slow/late start today and was interrupted multiple times, but my overall output was much higher.

It helped that two of the chapters I was working on today were adaptations/revisions of stories I had written before, so I had the whole blueprint laid out before me. But I think that balanced the interruptions and lack of time to work. So we’ll see if I can repeat the same output tomorrow with fresher material.

It’s also clear that I will be under 50K when I finish my planned content. My first drafts are often mostly dialogue, and it shows in my word count to chapter ratio. So the ending days of my NaNoWriMo journey will probably consist of me adding in all my optional content and then bulking up the rest.

So, even in these early days, I’ve learned a few things about my writing style and approaching these kinds of challenges.

Because I’m starting to fall into a grove, I might incorporate writing partners into these daily logs. Regulars will know what that means, but for any new readers, I paint miniatures while I write. I find it good to keep me on task while I brainstorm and the various monsters I paint often inspire me. I’ve painted a literal pile of minis in the last couple of weeks, and I’d love to start sharing them.

As always, let me know if you’re having any luck with your NaNo challenge, and shoot me a message if you have any tips or tricks!

NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 2: Rethinking the outline

Current Word Count: 7860

Hello Everyone,

Today I broke one of the biggest rules about first drafts. I did a bunch of editing. I read through all my work from yesterday, fixing grammar and filling gaps. I won’t be doing that again tomorrow, I swear!

That mistake cost me the first 2 hours of my writing today, and even after spending the rest of the day working, I still only managed a moderate improvement on yesterday’s total. We won’t be hitting the 10K a day range like this!

Still, self-flagellation aside, I’m well ahead of the minimal daily goals, and at this rate, I’ll be finished the first draft late next week. Though, this has brought up a new concern. I might be working through my content too quickly.

In my outline, 3 chapters are marked as optional. So I’ll keep going under the assumption they are for now. But there is a good chance I’ll need them to bulk up the word count in the end. After all, even if I hit 50K in the allotted time, the book should really be over 60K by the time I show anyone.

I’ll keep working at it and try to improve my daily word count again tomorrow. For those wondering, I had a couple of extra weeks of vacation this year, so I pre-booked the first two weeks of November off for this. I consider it a test drive of what life might feel like someday if I figure out this professional writer thing.

As I discussed yesterday, please drop me a line here or on the NaNo site if you want a writing buddy. This is my first time doing this challenge, so I’d be happy to get some advice from a pro!

NaNoWriMo Journal – Day 1: Working off the Rust

Current Word Count: 3801

Hello Everyone,

I got a late start to my first day of NaNoWriMo (NaNo), but I still managed to crank out 3801 words which I’m pretty happy with. I haven’t written in a few months at this point so getting into the groove took a while, but the first two chapters were very well outlined which compensated for that. One of the benefits of being a plotter over a pantser I guess.

Tomorrow I have one more scene to add to chapter 2 and then I’m on to Chapter 3. Feel free to message me either here or through the NaNo system if you’re also taking on this challenge. You can use the username search to find me. I’m there under Jacob Marsh with my familiar fishy avatar.

I’d be happy to find some new buddies through this process so let me know if you want to connect.

Thank you for reading, and I’ll be back with another update tomorrow.

I’m Back!

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been a while. I had a family emergency and while it’s not fully resolved yet my stress levels are now back to a point were I can writing again.

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I’m nearly ready. Because I’m about a month behind where I hoped I would be I’m going with my journalist/monster of the week story rather than the more literary ghost story. I just have more of that one planned and because this is my first NaNoWriMo I want to put my best foot forward. I could probably put a little more work into my outline and I want to finish and share my NaNo page for the project, but I’m nearly ready to start writing.

You can expect a flurry or content over the next month. I’ll have NaNo updates, new writing partners, and a return to regularly posted podcasts. I’m looking forward to applying all the lessons I’ve learned over the last year to a new book and sharing my findings as I go. Fingers crossed it goes as smoothly as I hope!

Stay tuned.

Writing Partner: A Froggy Friend

D&D Banderhobb mini Painted Face

Ok, I can admit when I’m wrong. I was wrong about this guy.

D&D Banderhobb mini Painted

He’s great, isn’t he? Turns out the banderhobb miniature paints up well! I didn’t do anything with the base, though. I’ve got a long-term basing plan for all of my freshwater monsters, so he’ll be clipped off that one and put on something custom in time. But for now, I think he’s more than good enough to play with.

D&D Banderhobb mini Painted Back

I like to imagine that him floating at the surface of a pong or small lake. Just blending in, like lily pads in grimy water. Waiting until something gets close enough to gulp up.

D&D Banderhobb mini Painted Face

More importantly, he made for a great writing partner. I’ve finished both of my outlines. That means it’s time to start a new project.

My next book will be a horror novel built out of multiple short stories and novelettes about the same character. Most chapters will stand alone, but together they tell a complete story and showcase the character’s arc.

It’s a very different book than my last one, but I plan on taking it in bite-sized chunks. This means we’re going to need a lot of varied writing partners. And I already have the first one in mind.

Stay tuned!