Tuesday, November 01, 2011

To 5k and Beyond! [Birth of a Novel Blog Chain]

November. National Novel Writing Month. Love it. Live it. Eat it. Drink it. Sleep it. Breathe it. This is the one month of the year that you don't need oxygen to survive. Just caffeine and your writing utensil of choice.

What do I plan to do this November? Not write just one novel in 30 days, but two. That's right. Due to last year's great success with THINKING OF YOU, I have decided to plan and write two novels this year, SHADOWMAN and GHOST SISTER (go here and here to learn a bit more). I will post summaries when I have them.

As of right now, I have written 3,454 words toward SHADOWMAN. By the time I go to bed I want to have 5k. Just about another hour and a half of writing which shouldn't be that bad as I'm finally getting excited!

Last night I went to bed as soon as I got home and took a shower. I woke back up at 11:45 and prepared for the countdown. I then proceeded to write 1,101 words before climbing gratefully back into my bed.

I started writing again as soon as I was ready for school in the morning. I didn't feel like it, but I did it anyway. I was not going to let the fear of this year's previous failures stop me. As the day progressed it got better. I wrote about 500 words simply in Biology (my teacher was just lecturing, no big deal). I came home after staying with my grandmother for a few hours and hurried to type up my words.

Now I'm off for that last hour and a half. In the meantime, listen to this song (because I certainly will be) and visit the others in the chain.

Charity Bradford
Angela Brown
Brooke Busse
Tessa C
Elizabeth Davis 
Miranda Hardy

Mia Hayson
Lena Hoppe
Fida Islaih
Nyxie Moon
Elizabeth Pool


  1. All I can say is, "Go Brooke!" Seriously, this is insane, but after November you'll come out crazy and a novelist times two! :D I haven't heard the updated NaNo song yet, I'll have to listen to it!

  2. Awesome start! You can totally do it, and thanks for sharing the video. I haven't seen this one yet.

  3. @Madeline Yes. I may just sit and rock in a corner all of December and just forget about editing. XD It's the same song. Just a different video. She uploaded it today.

    @Charity How? 0-0 I love it. There are actually two videos of this song. This is the newest one. And I go to 5k!

  4. That's an awesome start, Brooke! Good job :) Last year I did average 5k a day before the weekend, when I slacked off a bit :P

  5. That's one heck of a schedule you have there. I have no doubt you will make it :-)

  6. Wow! Two novels! That is quite ambitious! I wish you all the luck in the world!

  7. Woo! I love the Nano song!

    Wow. Two novels. I wish I had that kind of motivation.


  8. Your blog is SO CUTE! I adore it! I'm definitely sticking around to get to know you more. Not to mention I want to watch you succeed of writing two novels! You go!

  9. I'm writing two novels too. Go us! :D

    Getting up and writing even though you may not feel like it at the moment really is the thing. It's so easy not to write. Good luck!

  10. Holy cow? Two books? Go you! And good luck. I loved that movie too. I've never seen it :)

  11. @Trisha Why thank you, Trisha. I don't know what I averaged last year. It had to have been about 4k since I finished in two weeks. No time for slacking this year, is there?

    @Sarah Schedule? Pshh... there is no schedule. That would mean I was doing something else besides writing. XD Thank you for your confidence in me. ^^

    @Nyxie Hopefully I won't need all the luck. ^^ I love your name!

    @Mia I know! The band is called All Caps. They sing most of my noveling music. I normally don't have this kind of motivation. November just does something to me.

    @Jen Why thank you. ^^ I look forward to getting to know you too. And hopefully there will be lots to watch.

    @Cherie We should form a club! I've been saying this forever.

    And it is definitely easily not to write, but I tell myself that I can't let that stop me. It's NaNo for Gosh sakes.

    @Teralyn How did your day go? I saw your kickoff post.

    @Michael It's not bragging when it's true. :)

    @Michelle It's the newest version of that music video, she should look up the old one too. Good luck on your JanNaNo.

  12. Great start! Two books is crazy! One year I wrote 80K but that was basically rewriting a novel so it wasn't completely from scratch.

    Here because of Theresa's haunting!

  13. The most I've ever written in one NaNo was 50,006. I don't know if I would be able to do a rewrite for NaNo. It might spoil all the fun for me.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I love the song! I hope it's okay to post it on my blog? And good luck with the double Nano - WOW!

  15. I know, isn't it awesome! Of course you can. ^^ It's not mine so you don't have to ask me. Thanks for your encouragement!