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Excitement: Do you look forward to writing?


I do. Or, I am now and have been for the past few days, since I started my National Novel Writing Month adventure. The fact that writing is going so well is making me have much more fun during the real writing process. I’m looking forward to writing, instead of eventually opening the document and staring at a blank page. National Novel Writing Month

I’m on a roll. Chapter Twenty-One is complete and, look at the right of this page. See that progress bar? I have officially passed the 60,000 words mark!

This excited feeling is new. The last time I felt it was when I started developing The Forbidden Series back in September, 2008. Even then, it was nowhere near as wonderfully enigmatic as now.

I am enjoying writing and am pumping out words that are not only high in quantity, but also quality for a first draft. I am falling in love with some of these scenes. Things are falling into place and I’m loving it.

This self-made NaNoWriMo goal may turn out as the best decision I’ve ever made.

Here are my daily word counts so far for the month of November!

Day 1: 325
Day 2: 1,380
Day 3: 1,310
Day 4: 2,318
Day 5: 1,000
Day 6: 2,381

Total: 8,714

And to hold you lovely folks over, here’s another snippet of what I’ve written in Tales of The Forbidden!

“Saria, go to the throne room. Wait for us there.”

Confusion flickered across her face. “Why –“

“If the person sees you too soon, we cannot be sure what will happen. As far as they are concerned, you are a traitor. Let us judge the situation; you will see the person when we bring them before Lysire’s father.”

“You are a distraction,” her mind translated Aziel’s words to. A quick shake of her head chased away the thought and she allowed herself a nod. “Very well.”

It sounds like things are heating up, doesn’t it?

I’ll be back Wednesday to post updates on how this writing adventure is progressing. Here’s hoping it continues this way; after all, I’m almost three days ahead of schedule!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

8 thoughts on “Excitement: Do you look forward to writing?

  1. I enjoy writing very much. I talk to other authors and they all almost seem to fear sitting down and writing. I will never understand that. When I sit down to write, I just go for it. I don’t even think sometimes. I just do. It’s one of the easiest tricks my old college professor taught me. She told me I don’t have to even have a topic in mind when I sit down to write. Just go, write about anything. She even told me I can write about trying to figure out what to write and guess what. It led me to an idea and before I knew it, short story. Your word count is good, but that’s another thing I don’t get. Well, I do a little. My entire life is writing so it’s not unheard of for me to get 10k words in a day. Again, it’s just that “keep writing” attitude I have. Keep up the good work. I wish nothing but good things for you.

    • I love writing, but it has taken me a while to truly get into the right mindset where I just let myself go and get words down. This has finally gotten me to that point and it is going better than I ever hoped it could.
      In regards to the word count: I’m happy when I can get words down, period. This experience is driving me to strive for 1,000 per day, though. I’m hoping to keep it up even after November. It’s a doable amount. As much as I’d love to sit down at 9 AM, start writing and then work until 5 PM, for example, between college and a part time job, I can’t manage that. 1k, though. That, I can manage and it will be my new goal from now on.

      Thank you! I hope everything goes well for you.

  2. I love writing, and funny enough, where I’m at with my own story, I am absolutely loving editing, too. Even if we’re born writers, we all have to grow into the point where we are actively enjoying our work. It’s part experience, part self-confidence (something I’ve been talking about with Nina Martinez [ ] and Amy Rose Davis [ ] just yesterday!), and part choice. We can all choose to enjoy what we’re doing, it just takes the right mindset. It’s so awesome that you’ve come to the place in your life where writing feels that awesome. And congratulations on surpassing 60k! You’re on the home stretch, Natasha! 😀


    • It’s great that we’re both enjoying it so much! I agree; every writer starts out slow and eventually, we reach the point when we’re truly happy. Having the right mindset definitely plays a large part in the writing process. Thank you! Here’s hoping I have a completed first draft soon. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! I’d like to try the challenge next year- It’s good to be able to track someone else’s progress in the meantime! Cool!

  4. Wow. Congrats! I love writing as well, but most of the times, perfectionism or laziness always get the best of me (most of the times, it’s the laziness, hahaha). I’m currently doing a project on reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and I plan to get back to my story asap! Each time I read your blog, I feel like getting a slap on the face, telling myself that I ought to write and write. I hope things will run smoothly for you until the end of the progress! Good luck!

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