Friday, November 14, 2008


I made it to the middle, or to the halfway point in my novel writing. I am so excited!!!! It takes about 1.5 or 2 hours a day to get the required 2,000 words a day in. It really isn't as horrid as it sounds, it is fun and a creative outlet for me. I thought of quiting many times whenLink I was right around 13,000 or so because it all just felt really stupid. The novel felt stupid, I felt stupid for wasting my time and it was jut not coming out and blooming the way I wanted it to.

Understand that things are still really rough, and not even revised or anything...but at least I have written 25,002 words!!! I am proud of myself. I never thought I would make it even half way when I was in that funk. But then that night I decided to just keep writing, keep writing adding on words and it worked. So if you are in a funk with your NaNoWriMo, my humble advice is that you sit down at your desk (or grab your lappy toppy) and turn on your computer,then let the magic flow. Yeah, it won't be magical but it will be on it's way!!!

So, KEEPA-KEEPA and you will be finished sooner than you know it.

HAha, well see how I feel by the end of next week :)

PS: I have been trying to keep up with comments....but please (PRETTY PLEASE??) forgive me if I have neglected to comment back.


Anonymous said...


Never think it is a waste! Just think it is as good as it can be! and remember 25K is not an easy feat!


gautami tripathy said...

Good for you! Keep going!

Anonymous said...

What great progress! Halfway through the month and halfway through your goal! Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I skipped out on NaNo this year, but I well remember what you're going through. You can do it!

Trish said...

Go Go Go Bethany! You are awesome and I'm so proud that you have hit your halfway mark (right halfway through the month, too!!). Keep on going and I'm sure you'll be able to find something in there worth keeping.

Keep us updated!!

Bart's Bookshelf said...

Congratulations! I am hoping to slip past halfway today and and start pulling back some of the extra I had built up, but lost due to a difficult week at work.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on hitting the halfway mark!
I've been lousy at replying to comments lately, too...and I don't even have a good excuse like you do!

Alyce said...

Good job! That is amazing!

Dar said...

Good for you Bethany! Keep it up!

cessie said... great! I'm proud of you!
I had been thinking about it...but it was only thinking! There's no way I can write so much per day right now. Maybe next time ;-)
Keep up the good work though!!

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Good for you! I am seriously impressed with this...there's no way I could do it!

avisannschild said...

Wa-hoo! That's fantastic! I'm so impressed (and a little envious)! Best of luck with the second half!

R-Lo said...

Congrats on your progress so far, Bethany. Are you going to hint at what your novel's about soon or do we have to wait till you finish? Good luck either way!

Scobberlotcher said...

Yay! I'm rooting for you, too. You are beating my word count. :)

Trixie said...

That's great Bethany! I was just checking out your stats on the website. Totally awesome! You're more than halfway there!

Anonymous said...

56% awesomeeeeeeee!

bethany said...

Veens- thanks so much!! you are a true cheerleader :)

gautami- thank you too, very sweet :)

bermudaonion-yes, I hope to not get lost during thanksgiving, we'll see!

christine-haha, yes it is pretty intense, but really a great challenge!

trish- you are so fun! thanks for the encouragement, I really need all of it. I am now at 31,028!!!

bart- thank you!!I will keep checking in on you.

softdrink- ha! I am always the lousiest at comments, and right now I am extra bad!!! thanks for the cheers :)

alyce- oh thanks so much! I am falling so behind on reading.AHHHH!

dar- you are always such a sweetie :) thanks.

cessie- it is much easier and harder than it sounds. It really is just self discipline for me at least...some days I hate the idea of writing and then I sit down and words come out!

michele- oh, you are so sweet. You should plan for next year!!! It is much more fun the more people you know are doing it too! :)

avisannchild- oh, now I am worried that I have nothing left to say!!! :) thanks for the encouragement!

r-lo- I will tell ya, it is a novel/ memoir of my life. I didn't want to have to keep everything true and factual,and since it is a novel thing I just decided to write and make some stuff up here and there. It is pretty fun stuff to write down. I always wished I knew more about my parents when they were younger, and I know the older I get the more I will forget. So I decided to do it now :) There you have it!!!

scooberlotcher- oh, I am so thrilled! You are writing away too :) keep it up girl, keep it going!

trixie- I see that you keep adding to your word count as well!!! You are doing great! Keep it up! Did you get the new email that said that you can change your goal total to be 25k! You would be able to do that!!!!

veens- I am now at 62%!!! I can't wait to be done with it though and go back to reading :)

Anonymous said...

You go, girlfriend! I can't wait to read your novel someday. Very soon you will be sporting the NaNoWriMo prize!!!!

Jena said...

Woohoo, Bethany! As you can see, we're all rooting for you!