Nearing 50,000 words

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I am sorry for not writing very regularly for the blog.

It is just that I have been busy with work and during the night and on the weekends, I have been “burning the midnight oil” on my novel for the NaNoWriMo 2009. Since I have been concentrating all my free times on this venture, as at todate I have completed almost 92% of the 50,000 words which was required to win the NaNoWriMo 2009 and I still have another 8 days to complete the balance 8% words. In other words, I am ahead of the scheduled words by almost 11,000 words.

I figured that I would be able to complete the 50,000 words, probably 5 days before the official closing date.

Thinking about the plots to write on daily basis has not been easy and every night I go to bed thinking on how I can expand the novel by another 1,000 – 2,000 words the next day. Sometimes I do get some inspiration but other times, I get blank inspirations.

But as the promoters of NaNoWriMo have said, just keep writing no matter how the plot is turning out to be, no matter how bad the paragraphs may be. Just think of expanding the novel on a smaller scales rather than expanding it on a larger scales and so far it has turned out well. I need to do plenty of revisions and re-writes of the current novel and probably the long cold December (it is already getting below 10’C at night lately) will be just the right time for that.

Can’t wait for the finishing line at the 50,000 words!

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NaNoWriMo 2009 Status

Update: Completed 50,000 words on 25.11.2009


Final word count – 50,131 words completed and covering 79 pages. Now will be the time to start polishing the rough draft titled “Unexpected Mission“.

NaNoWriMo 2009 Update 1

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As at todate, have managed to pass the 11,000 words threshold and should be hitting 12,000 words by midnight tonight. Having 2 days off with nothing to do have provided with plenty of free time to extend the number of words clocked.

I have created a new page to ‘consolidate’ all my NaNoWriMo novels here and hope to participate in many more NaNoWriMo venture in years to come. My first year’s venture is now available for download.

This year’s venture is titled “Unexpected Mission” and it is about John, a former member of the Special Forces is in Ghana for long due holiday but things are not going to be smooth for him as certain events unfold and John is caught between minding his own business or being involved in it.

I am developing the sub-plots as I am continuing to write but it is not easy.

(To be updated)

First Day NaNoWriMo 2009


(Photos – Snow peaked mountains on the way to work)

I guessed I fared better this than last year…

Despite not having a firm plot for this year, I have managed to complete almost 3,600 words on the first day itself. As I keep writing, I managed to get more ideas on how to expand the the current plot.

The mountains around Tehran have already showing signs of snow fall. So if winter comes up earlier, then staying at home means more time to churn out for words for my novel. I just need to make sure I am not distracted by other activities – such as curl up in thick blanket and sleep.

(To be continued)

Pre NaNoWriMo 2009

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Just one day before the start of NaNoWriMo 2009 and to tell you the truth, I have yet to firm up the plot for this year’s writing month. I have some plots in mind but yet to decide which of it will allow me to write at least 50,000 words.

In the meantime, for the last one week, I have been busy polishing up my NaNoWriMo 2008’s piece titled “The Malayan U Boat”. I have managed to clean up the spelling errors, grammar mistakes, the loopholes in the plot, define proper chapters for the sub-plots and more importantly define proper names for the characters in the plot – for the whole 97 pages of it.

After laying the re-write for almost 1 year, I finally found the inspiration and time to do the re-write. Hope to finalise the plot for this year’s NaNoWriMo by today before embarking on a very interesting writing days this month.

NaNoWriMo 2009

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71,285 authors and counting already registered for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

The event that provides the whole of November for aspiring and sometimes crazy writers to write a 50,000 words novel within a month is back and is due to start in the next 6 days or so. If you have not registered, please drop by the NaNoWriMo website and register for free.

The response from Malaysians last year was not that appealing. Hopefully it is better this year especially from fellow bloggers.

If you have registered and wish to ‘join-forces’ as writing buddies, please let me know your username or author name that you have registered as and I will add you in (search ‘balajoe’ for mine).

Having undue peer pressure is one best way to continue writing to meet the 50,000 words limit under pressure for one month. For starters, read here on how NaNoWriMo works.

Good luck!