Gaining Momentum

We are officially in the home stretch of April’s Camp NaNo madness. Only nine days left. Yesterday the site officially announced that validating had begun, and to those who don’t follow NaNoWriMo that means that there’s no more changing your goal. It is set in stone now so if you’re slacking, you better light a fire under your butt and work like mad to come out with that win.

Validating is essentially the proof that you did the work throughout the month. If you’re using Camp to write it means you have to copy and paste every single word you wrote that month into the little box they provide and click validate so it can compute the number of words to prove you haven’t lied on your word count.

(Which is exactly why I write everything for NaNo in a separate Word doc. It makes it that much easier to copy and paste at the end, and that much easier to update your word count during the month.)

Then if validating accepts your progress as a win… Voila! You get a nice big winner badge, banner, gold star, and goodies! Not to mention the satisfaction that you made it! That might be the best part about the win.

(I’m not quite sure how validating works for anyone who’s used Camp to edit by page numbers, or an X-number of hours put into working on writing-related projects that month. That part is still really knew to me and I’ve never used it.)

So with only nine days left to the madness, where am I sitting at now?

On Tuesday’s post I was sorely failing in all accounts for NaNo. I was below par by 5k and I had blown every single day off I had in a four day stretch for writing.

Before I went to bed Tuesday I forced myself to write. I had a little help from a friend who wrote with me, and I also had a little bit of motivation in the form of a snail-mail letter bribe if I hit 2k before I went to bed, and that eventually got me going. Needless to say, I ended up making the 2k before I crashed around 4am.

Wednesday was my final day off, and my last chance to get some serious words written. Of course, it’s also my Shard day, and I had a couple errands and menial chores I needed to run as well. Unfortunately. That meant my writing didn’t start till late afternoon again, but once I got started…

There was literally no stopping me. The apocalypse could have started and I would not have stopped writing. I was on fire, the words were just rolling right off my fingers, bleeding over the keyboard. You would have had to pry me away with a crowbar, kicking and screaming bloody murder, to get me to stop writing.

At the start of Wednesday I didn’t think I was going to catch up to par, I was still 4k below once midnight hit that evening, even with the 2k I did the night before. I expected at the most to get maybe another 2k or so and then that would be it.

So boy was I blown away when my final numbers showed I had managed to write 8.2k in twenty-four hours by the time I crashed for bed Wednesday night — which was again somewhere around 4am.

Not only did I catch up to par, I passed it by 1.2k again. I’m still caught up to par right now, and I haven’t done any writing since late Wednesday night thanks to work and exhaustion. (Granted once midnight hits I will drop 800 words below par again, but I have a nice, free, undisturbed night tomorrow after work, and I am going to use it.)

You know the best part about my 8.2k frenzy?

Chapter 40 is finished.

I am one chapter closer to the end of Fated to Darkness.

I’m on the final chapter, and after that is completed all that is left to write is a short Epilogue. The first draft of Fated to Darkness will finally be completed after almost three years.

I have no words. None.

The range of emotions coursing through me over that fact are unreal.

I will finish this novel this month. I won’t get to bump my goal up any now because I struggled so much in the beginning of the month, and I won’t be getting to write anything in Clockwork Heart for the month more than likely — at the very most it might be one or two thousand words, if that. I’m not going to have a 60k month like I did last year in April, but I will be finishing this novel, and right now that is all I can ask for.

Nine days left. Only 8,750 more words to validate.

April’s win, here I come. My momentum and motivation are back, baby, and I can see the end of the novel that much closer within my reach.

The Final Countdown

Now I am panicking.

Well, sort of.

There is five days left to April’s Camp NaNo — counting today — and I still need 11,991 words to hit goal and validate.

Why did I set a goal of 60k? Why didn’t I just leave it at a nice 50k? Why did I even wish for 70k or more at one point?

Oh… Right… Because at that point, I was on a big roll and wrote 40k words in a week. And look where it’s gone from there!

Down… Down… Down…

Granted, I’m not sitting too badly. I only need 2,399 words per day to hit goal. It could be a lot worse if I really had put that 70k as my set-in-stone goal. (Thank the Gods I didn’t.) So I’m really not that bad off, but I’m starting to get nervous.

As of Sunday I had officially fallen below par for the first time this month. Which really sucks because I was doing so great and I thought I could have made it above par the whole way. Par right now is 52k, and I’m sitting at 48,009 words. So I’m just under 4k below par.

It’s not bad. On a good day off I can do 5k or more in one day.

Like I should have yesterday…

I had yesterday off and my head was just up in the clouds. No matter what I did I couldn’t get it to come down and focus. I only managed to write about 1.8k yesterday. Which has me a bit bummed, and is also the reason I’m starting to panic for. I mean, if I had hit 5k like I wanted to, I would have been back to par for yesterday and would only need 2k today to hit par.

But now I need that 4k to hit par.

I do have two more days off yet this week, and today’s shift is a really short one. Both of the other two days are shifts I can work with for writing as well, so I’m not too worried, but this is the final countdown.

The final countdown is always worrying.

I’m hoping by Friday’s blog post I will have validated that way I can spend my Saturday blog hopping two week’s worth of Sunday Snippets — because I’m an idiot and have fallen behind rather badly.

(Yes I know, NaNo writing was more important, except I wasn’t writing as much as I wanted. I’ve been slacking. I refuse to admit I am burned out. I’m not. It’s just a small lapse.)

So I’ve got five days to write 11,991 words. Three work shifts to get through. Two weeks worth of blog hopping. Another flash fiction prompt tomorrow. Oh! And did I mention before that Mercury goes Retrograde on Thursday? Yeah, I’m not looking forward to that. I’ve been feeling the effects of it since Saturday already. It’s not going to be a good one.

I definitely should validate by Friday night before Mercury really decides to screw me, or I will be one pissed off author.

Thanks to this countdown, this author isn’t letting herself go to bed until she’s hit 50k. I better go get writing then, because I want sleep.

(And did I get a song stuck in anyone else’s head besides my own from that title? *Snickers*)