Novel in 90: Check In


It amazes me how quickly three months can fly by. I’ve been meaning to do an update on the Novel in 90 challenge for a while, but like so many things in my life lately it just keeps getting bumped.

As I predicted in my original post, I have had no time to take part in the more social aspects of Kate’s challenge—I see updates on the Facebook group but I never have a chance to comment. I believe there was an extension voted on, but I’d have to check.

In any case, I have been diligently adding words to the project I decided to work on. While I’ve devoted my three days a week of writing to the challenge, this does not translate to volume by any means. To date, I’ve written 3422 words. In three months. I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t added up my numbers. That used to be a really good day for me—a day! Damn.

Lately, getting my words in involves a pattern of me remembering I haven’t written anything just before I go to turn my computer off before bed. So I take no more than five minutes to open my manuscript, see where I’m at, and add as many words as I can in a blur. Yes, I know it’s no wonder that I have no words accumulated.

Obviously, I’m slogging it. And a novel will not be produced by the 31st of this month. However, this means I still have a relatively new project to work on come NaNoWriMo. I’m still in the get-to-know-my-characters-phase, which is one of my favourite parts of a new story; I’m hoping that excitement and newness carries forward into November.

My current course, which feels like it’s going to be a touch more difficult than the previous ones, goes until the 27th of November. I am not particularly pleased that it’s in full swing when I want to tackle NaNo, but such is my life. I will do my best to plan everything, hit word goals, and survive the month with my brain intact.

If you took up Kate’s challenge how did you fair?


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