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NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to figure out how far along you are in National Novel Writing Month so I decided to share my personal calculator. It’s simple but powerful. This calculator will work in Open Office, Microsoft Excel or Google Drive, depending on what you use. But it works best in Google...

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What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

“What are you doing for NaNoWriMo this year, Hillary?” Is a thing people keep asking me and I keep answering something along the lines of, “Haha, just trying to survive!” And they laugh. But I am not joking. Like, can I get real for a moment? I’m the lone ML for a pretty big region with a packed calendar, I have an infant and...

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September 2017: rocking the boat

September 2017: rocking the boat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Here’s what September 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 31,753 words Average Words Per Day 1,058 words Monthly Goal didn’t set one Yearly Goal 477,587 / 500,000 (96%) Things completed: did an abridged version of Pintosmalto aka Arm Candy for a school doing it in competition an abridged version of The Complete Novels of Jane...

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August 2017: Takin’ care of writer business

August 2017: Takin’ care of writer business

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Nothing sums up 2017 like the fact that I’ve started to include the letters I write to my government reps in my word count because of the number of times I’ve had to write them. I’m up to contacting them daily now and everything is complete and total garbage. But anyway… Here’s what August 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words...

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July 2017: The Second Wind

July 2017: The Second Wind

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

If my records are correct, this July was my 9th Camp NaNoWriMo victory, lucky 13th time participating. While there’s a lot about the event that is wonky and ways it can improve, it’s still amazing how the accountability of having other people aware of my word count for the month motivates me to write more and more often. Even when I’m not...

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