The Obligatory End of Sweat Challenge Post

Today I had hoped to have 60K words written since July 12, and a completed novel somewhere between 90K and 100K.  I didn’t get that far.  What I ended up with was 48416 for the Challenge and 84700 overall.

And I’m totally ok with that.

I’d do the Dorothyesque what-I-learned bit, but I just did it at the Sweat website and it feels to redundant right now.

Right now, my plan is to try to finish this in time for the next round which I think will start on 10/15.  For the first few weeks of the next round, I intend to work on planning out the new story rather than reporting actual words, and then hit the writing hard on Nov. 1 when Nano starts to catch up.  I think I’ll be working toward a first draft goal of about 75K overall, so getting 50K done in the first 45 days or so and then 25 in the next 25 days doesn’t seem too bad.

I’m not going to make myself crazy over this.  This Christmas is a big deal for us because it’s the first year my daughter will really get the whole Santa thing.  We’ll also be moving.  We may or may not host a huge family get-together in our new house.  Frankly, I have enough on my plate without being hard on myself over the writing stuff right now.  (Go sell crazy somewhere else; we’re all stocked up here.)

So right now Alex and Matt are on the run, and they’re in they’re getting into the part that’s going to end the Dark Period.  Probably no snippet this week, as I will be deep in my yard sale, won’t be able to read everyone’s, and don’t really have anything in mind anyway.

Next up, unless something else comes to mind, is a reunion story between HS sweethearts.  The heroine’s father convinced the hero to leave town rather than mess up his daughter’s life with the chaos that marked the hero’s.  Years later the hero is assigned to protect the father who, it turns out, has been more of a potential danger to his daughter than the hero ever could have been.  Working title for this story is “All Coming Back” and will be abbreviated ACB.  Set in autumn in Western New York, this story should make me constantly want to put the laptop aside and pick up knitting needles and wool.  (If I had magic, one of the first things I would do is enchant my needles!)

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Filed under ACB, ideas, nano, progress update, romance, Sweat 2, word count, wotm, writing

6 responses to “The Obligatory End of Sweat Challenge Post

  1. seanachi

    Hey cool idea! You’ll have to tell me more about it post yard sale.

  2. You did 48,000+ words – that’s amazing!!! You should be thrilled with that progress. So many folks give up. You didn’t. Congratulations!

  3. Kettle-
    Must. Have. Plot. Seriously.

    HelenKay-
    Thanks so much. I am happy with it. I really did learn a bunch of stuff about what I’m capable of.

  4. Ann

    48k that’s great. I didn’t even get that far (this summer was rather busy for me). Good luck with the yard sale. ACB sounds interesting. 🙂

  5. Bri

    That’s awesome 🙂 Sounds like you’ve been busy – I wish I could say as much for myself. I’m revising and fleshing out my Sweat Challenge novel for NANOWRIMO – hope it goes well for you as well!

  6. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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