distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

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Adjusting My Goals

I’m not going to finish NaNoWriMo by tomorrow—my word count is hovering around 40,000. That’s a far cry from 50,000. I’ve had to put the manuscript aside to meet some deadlines, applications and otherwise, and I have a sample due Monday and an outline for a new project due next Friday. Today I am meeting a few other NaNo participants for lunch… I’ll have to admit my 10,000-word shortcoming.

But, just between you and me, I have a new goal. It’s not about word count; I’ve never been too hot on numbers. I just want to finish the first rough draft of this manuscript by January. That’s all I ask. It could take 20,000 more words… or 30,000, or more, I really don’t know and I don’t care. I just want to reach the end of the story. If I can do that, I win. Win what, you ask? A sense of accomplishment. Not shiny enough? Okay, maybe a new pair of shoes.

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15 responses to “Adjusting My Goals”

  1. Congratulations, Nova! I think it’s a fabulous achievement. I’m thrilled for you.

    And would you know? NaBloPoMo has got me inspired and I’m writing short stories! Who’d a thunk it?

  2. Numbers are just numbers. 40,000 words is quite an achievement. Congrats! I’m sure you’ll have no problems getting the manuscript done.

  3. Nova, You rule. That’s all I have to say about writing all those words in one short month. And shoes as reward? I can think of nothing that would get me moving faster to do pretty much anything than that kind of payoff. xo, BL

  4. Sounds entirely reasonable to me. I made it to 31,500 before life took over… but I’m going to keep writing until I have my first draft done, too.

  5. I think it’s great that you’ve done so well while working and traveling and I know you will reach the end of your draft soon. Your shoe goal is excellent (just watch out for the zipperless Fluevog boots)!

  6. I think that’s a FINE goal, Nova!
    And you have utterly fantastic taste in shoes. I was just ogling those last weekend (the FV store is two doors down from my writing spot).
    Have you owned vogs before? If not, there are some things of which you should be warned…lemme know.

  7. You also have the option of a December Extension through CyProWriMo: Cyberspace Procrastinating Writers’ Month. I plan to finish mine in December, too, and have invited some new projects to join, including anyone who missed the first NaNo. Check it out.

  8. A finished first draft, wouldn’t that be an accomplishment! Maybe others are serious about word counts, but that is hardly an indication of success. Congratulations!

  9. If I am not mistaken, 40k is just about, um, uh, forty thousand more than you started with. That is a lot of words. You should be proud of what you have accomplished. Way to go

  10. Brava! I didn’t reach the 50,000 word mark either, but like you, I have a new goal–and it’s actually to finish an old manuscript that I had set aside to do NaNo. I’m more inspired than ever to just wrap it up (I have about 45,000 words there). Yeah for us even though we didn’t technically win…like David said, we still have a lot more words than we started with.

    And shoes are always a good thing.

  11. Congratulations to everyone who made word count or came close to making word count or who just tried, because it was one hard month to get through!

    Now on to the important topic of shoes:

    Elizabeth, were THE boots Fluevogs?!

    And weltschmerz, yeah, there are some weird things about those shoes. Over the years I’ve had 4-5 pairs. (I wore some old ratty ones out in the snow this morning.) I also have a pair of practically new ankle-high boots that don’t fit and I should give to someone who wears a size 6. Also these gorgeous knee-high boots that kill my heels and I’ve never been able to wear for more than an hour. We are trying to stretch them now… there must be a way to break them in.

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