YWP Status Report – November 2, 2012


We are a GO for NaNoWriMo 2012!

I admit it: we skipped over a lot of the workbook. They kinda got bored of it and I didn’t want to burn them out on that to the detriment of their November stories. I haven’t given up on it completely, but we’re setting it aside in favor of actual story crafting for now.

I didn’t blog yesterday’s progress as first I wanted to see if they’d keep going after their writing taskmaster had at them on Day 1. Lo and behold, they actually did. Color me surprised.

However, I did have to answer more than one “what do we get if we win?” questions. Apparently, a feeling of accomplishment and a nifty certificate isn’t enough. Le sigh.

As such, I’ve decided to incentivize this month’s activity. If they get halfway to their respective wordcount goals, I will buy them YWP t-shirts.

If they make it all the way to 100%, I’m going to have to do something a little bigger. I’m not sure what yet, but I’ll give it some thought. We’ve still got a looooooooonnnnnggggg way to go and I’m not totally convinced they’ll make it yet.

The biggest problem is the effect of extended periods of writing with pen and paper. That’s by far the thing they are most vocal about. If either of them could type with any sort of efficiency, I’d be open to them going digital, but at the moment it would take them 30 minutes to type one sentence. And so they’re doing it the old fashioned way.

Here are their word counts as they stand tonight:


1.0's Word Count - 2 November 2012
1.0’s Word Count – 2 November 2012


2.0's Word Count - 2 November 2012
2.0’s Word Count – 2 November 2012


They’ve both done very well so far. I hope they can keep up the good work.

As for me, I fell behind on day 1, but I’ve caught up and then some. I’m keeping my updated word count widget on the Written Work page, but when I do these posts I’ll be sharing snapshots of where I stand at that moment. Like this:


Starla's Word Count - 2/11/12
Starla’s Word Count – 2/11/12


In addition to the YWP with the Minions, I’m tackling not one, but TWO writing projects this month. One of them is the novella for Scott Sigler’s GFL series that I can’t talk about yet. The second is a YA Dystopian story that I haven’t titled yet. You can view a sample of the beginning on my NaNoWriMo profile page or you can get the goods on the whole story on the special episode of The Roundtable Podcast where I workshop it a bit.  Along with all that, I’m also a part of Living NaNoWriMo, which is sort of chronicling the entire month via the writers involved. We’re not going to discuss the design work and recording I have to do as well. Maybe it’s a little much, but I’m enjoying it all.

Even the husband has gotten into the spirit of NaNoWriMo… sort of. He needed a project and so he built me one of these. Yes, it works. And yes, he pretty much rocks. If I get a break from projects, I’m totally decorating mine. Steampunk paper!

So that’s tonight’s standings. I may get a few more words in tonight to get a jump on the weekend as Rhode Island ComiCon is tomorrow and weekends generally mean family time rather than screen time anyway. Look for the next update Sunday night or Monday.

Happy writing!


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