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axeminister
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Welcome to May!
Home of warm weather and if you're in Denver, CO - 5" of snow.

Here is the place to set a goal of averaging 322 words a day for the entire month of May.

End result - 10,000 new words!

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Rules:

New words are - One word after the other. Blank words on a white page. From imagination to fingertips.

Rewriting an old story counts if the page is blank.
Flash. Short story. Novels - all count toward the total.

New this month: Blogs count.

Outlining doesn't count. That helps speed the word count later. (Which is a good thing.) But counting an outline would kind of be like counting the same words twice.

Editing doesn't count. Editing is part of the process and is done independently of word count.

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My April was great. Numerous times I sat down and pounded out some words solely because I'd committed to reaching 10k by month's end.

I hope others' Aprils worked out for them too.

Now, on to May!

Quota: 322

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Well, I'm not starting off as well as I finished.
May is shaping up to be a super busy month, but in two weeks my wife and son are going on a trip to NC and I must remain at home to work.

I'm hoping to get lots of writing done at that point. Especially if I'm a little behind. That will be great motivation.

The trick is to not get too far behind. [Smile]

Words: 100
Quota: 1288

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I'm behind already. LOL

Words: O

Outline... getting there.
I'm a notorious pantser so I'm forcing myself to outline before putting a word on the page. It's excruciating but I'm hoping it will pay off.

But I'm slush reading like a fiend today. If only that counted somehow?

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I'm keeping that opposite direction count.

49,400 words on Lavender. Hopefully a bunch more tomorrow.

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Slow start here too: 783/1613.

Busy week ahead, so I won't be doing much catching up either. Should make for an interesting second part of May.

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400 words! Whew... I'm up and running again. LOL
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53k on Lavender
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I'm still a bit behind, but I like what I've written so far this month.

Words: 1780
Quota: 3220

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Wooo hoo! Words on a page. 1447 new yesterday.

1847 total

Only 8153 to go.

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700 new

2547 total

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Go Anna!

I've been sick for the past 7 days, which seriously cuts down my AM writing, but I managed a flash on Sunday.

Words: 2730
Quota: 4186

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Oh no! Hope you're feeling better... that's brutal! About to say I was glad you're back flashing again but that never quite sounds right... ;-P

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1400 today

4900 total

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Words: 3910
Quota: 6440

Sadly, I'm not kicking the kind of butt I'd hoped this month. I can't lock in. I need a good old-fashioned zone out.

Well, I'll keep trying.

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I'm up to 57k plus a little. However, I'm at a pause point where I need to stop and plot out the middle of the book. So I'm giving myself the week off to outline and finish someone else's novel edit and maybe play a video game. Essentially, I'm taking a brief vacation from putting new words down on Lavender.

I will say that the last scene I wrote was going to be a big dramatic confrontation, or at least I thought it was. The characters told me different. There are still ups and downs but neither of their voices got raised. Great moment for them.

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Er... So, I'm tempted to just keep in the shadows this month, but the promise to hold myself accountable's still a promise, so here we go.

After my slow start this month, I hit a dead stop for over two weeks. As a result, I'm currently at the mindblowing 1234 words out of 7419 due.

So, unless I "zone out" sometime in the coming week, I most likely won't manage the quota this month.

At least, I'm finally home!

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Finally broke through the wall on Chapter 13 of book 3 and finished 7,271 words. Now editing and outlining the scenes in my head left to finish book 3. I try to keep to 20 chapters, so my have to do some serious cutting back on what I want to put in. I know I can tighten up the first 10 chapters a whole lot. Therapy patients are low right now, so taking advantage of little paid work hours and making up for lost time to write. Also,it's raining here in Oregon. Good writing days.
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Trina,
Glad to hear you wrote an awesome scene. Good luck with the outline.

Irina,
Welcome home! China, right?
Glad to hear you have some new words. Some is better than none, and some makes you want to write more. [Smile]

Kelly,
7271 this month? Great!

As for me, I just had a great morning. (Needed it!)

Words: 5573
Quota: 7728

Eek, 7 days for 4500 words. What's that, 650 a day? Well, I can do it with a few more days like today. Just need to keep getting up at 5am. [Wink]

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Despite all the other things I could/should be doing these past few mornings, I've been writing new words.

I'm reminded of the obsession one needs in order to truly get high word counts. Obsession and sacrifice. I remember commenting a few years back about all the time I spend in front of my computer instead of doing other, more social things.

For some, I think they'd laugh at "only" 10k a month, but for me, it's truly a challenge. It's a consistent number of words in a 30 day period and it's tough. The early part of this month was very busy, so I need to make up for it now.

So far so good, but yeah, I'm falling behind in other areas.

Words: 7597
Quota: 8694

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Only two days remain.
I hope others are nearing their goal.

I've just about caught up. I'll try to sneak in some new words during work today, but I'm busy again, so I may not be able to. If not, I'll definitely have to get up early tomorrow. [Smile]

Words: 9462
Quota: 9678

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Made it!

Words: 10941
Quota: 10000

Anyone else?

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Unfortunately, this ended as a horrible creative writing month for me... I think I managed a little over 2K. Too disgusted to go check the actual WC.

I'll try to redeem myself in June.

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