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you should feel proud of yourself! that’s a lot of progress!

Thank you! I know. It’s crazy. I just really hope something good comes out of all of this. I feel like I’ve spent so much time on this - more than I have for any job or - anything, really, that I’ve ever done. I just really hope that when all of this is done, I can walk into a store and see my book on the shelf. 

NaNoWriMo - So what if November is over?

Today I started my second draft of my NaNoWriMo novel. 

I wrote 4K+ new words today and modified my writing into actual chapters instead of freestanding scenes that are somehow related to each other. 

I now have chapters one and two, and I’ve started chapter three. 

Given how I’ve been extremely depressed and sick all day, this makes me feel very good.

NaNoWriMo - Winning

Just in case you were wondering, I won NaNoWriMo on November 29 with 50,246 words. 

Yes, I’m very proud. The goal was reached. Now I know that I can write absolute crap with diligence. 

Thank you.

The Email That Launched NaNoWriMo


Fast Company magazine has been running an intriguing series called Starred, where they showcase innocuous emails that went on to do surprisingly big things. It inspired me to dig through my old Yahoo! account and see if I could find the email I sent out to my friends in 1999 inviting them to take part in a ridiculous book-writing endeavor I’d hatched the night before. Here’s that email, in all of its exuberantly imperfect glory.

From: Chris Baty
To: friendlist
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 1999 8:51 PM
Subject: national novel month

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one, come all, and dust off those word-processing devices!

Under the motto “A lousy novel is better than no novel at all,” I have declared July National Novel-Writing Month.

To celebrate, I want to write a novel. In a month. And I want you to write one too.

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NaNoWriMo - Returning

After I broke 45K, I decided to take the weekend off. 

Today I sat down and decided to outline my story so far, plus what I want to include but just haven’t gotten around to writing yet. 

I’ve discovered that while I might have almost reached the word count, I am really only about halfway through the story. 

But you know what?

NaNoWriMo - Personal Goals: Achieved

I hit 45,255 words last night. 

NaNoWriMo - The Recovery

After this, I’m just going to read Fitzgerald and play the crap out of Christmas carols. 

Yes, I know that doesn’t make sense.

NaNoWriMo - Personal Goals

Personal Goal: 45,000 words by the end of tomorrow. 

I just have to write another 11,688 words.

I can totally handle that. Right?

Shut up.