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September 27, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – The End

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The numbers:

96 typewritten pages.
55,287 words.

Total
Words Words
9/1/2016 2,668 2,668
9/2/2016 2,955 5,623
9/3/2016 0 5,623
9/4/2016 1,860 7,483
9/5/2016 3,180 10,663
9/6/2016 0 10,663
9/7/2016 778 11,441
9/8/2016 2,566 14,007
9/9/2016 3,986 17,993
9/10/2016 0 17,993
9/11/2016 0 17,993
9/12/2016 3,115 21,108
9/13/2016 1,826 22,934
9/14/2016 2,264 25,198
9/15/2016 4,212 29,410
9/16/2016 3,070 32,480
9/17/2016 0 32,480
9/18/2016 1,484 33,964
9/19/2016 1,580 35,544
9/20/2016 2,353 37,897
9/21/2016 1,237 39,134
9/22/2016 4,468 43,602
9/23/2016 3,873 47,475
9/24/2016 610 48,085
9/25/2016 3,561 51,646
9/26/2016 3,078 54,724
9/27/2016 563 55,287
Words Pages
Chapter One 1,761 3
Chapter Two 907 2
Chapter Three 1,687 3
Chapter Four 9,652 16
Chapter Five 978 2
Chapter Six 3,631 6
Chapter Seven 913 2
Chapter Eight 875 2
Chapter Nine 4,229 7
Chapter Ten 772 2
Chapter Eleven 8,559 14
Chapter Twelve 1,580 3
Chapter Thirteen 493 1
Chapter Fourteen 6,947 12
Chapter Fifteen 618 1
Chapter Sixteen 8,044 13
Chapter Seventeen 1,932 4
Chapter Eighteen 1,146 2
Chapter Nineteen 563 1

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September 21, 2016 – SeptNoWriMo: One Week To Go

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My original plan was to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  However, my day-job threw me a new duty and responsibility.  So, I decided to do NaNoWriMo in September.

I got off to a good start, and was productive through to the first-week milepost.  I made progress up to the halfway point.  And here’s where I’m at a week from concluding the month.

9-21-16

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The pages are adding up.

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September 15, 2016: SeptNoWriMo – The Halfway Point

My original plan was to participate in NaNoWriMo this year.  However, my day-job threw me a new duty and responsibility.  So, I decided to do NaNoWriMo in September.

I got off to a good start, and was productive through to the first-week milepost.  Today marks the halfway point.  And here’s where I’m at.

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September 1, 2016: So It Begins -SeptNoWriMo

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The first four pages, 2,455 words.

Later, I added 213 words, which put me at 2,668 words for the first day.  A solid start.

I’m a little concerned, though.  I planned out 20 chapters.  The writing today put me at the end of Chapter Two.  Obviously more fleshing out is going to be necessary as I move forward if I want to achieve 50,000 words at the end of this journey.

There was something else I became suddenly aware of.  When I spend an hour or so in front of the computer writing, then walk away to pick up the mail or take the dog out, my eyesight is a little blurry, requiring a few minutes to adjust.  After being in front of the typewriter for a period of more than two hours, no eye strain.  Walking outdoors to get the mail and take the dog out, my vision was crystal clear.

Better living through typing.

 

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June 19, 2016: Downtown

I was out of sorts.  My novel completed, out seeking a partner to bring it to readers.  Tightening and polishing rejected short stories.  Planning my next novel, its first draft to be typewritten during November’s National Novel Writing Month.  Falling behind in my reading.  Seeing my work through a new writers groups’ eyes.  It felt like I’d stepped beyond the point in the lake where the bottom dropped off, my feet no longer planted, my arms splashing to keep my head above water.

I needed to breathe.

I’ve been reading The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg.  It triggered the memory of another book of hers; The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.  A book about her True Secret of Writing retreats.

Flipped my calendar open.  The coming five-day week had no court appearances.  No appointments.  No Detroit City FC matches.  Wife out of town for the month.  House completely to myself.

A Zen/writing retreat.  Exactly what I needed.

Since her seminal work, Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within, Ms. Goldberg has taught an approach to writing as a practice.  Influential to my writing, back when I first discovered this book, was the following passage:

When you write, don’t say, “I’m going to write a poem.”  That attitude will freeze you right away.  Sit down with the least expectation of yourself; say, “I am free to write the worst junk in the world.”

I didn’t have to write something great each time I put words to paper.  Freedom.

She also presses handwriting for writing practice.  Back then, I did.  For a spell.  But any insights were lost due to my illegible handwriting.  For the retreat, I would type.

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Bad luck. Country music in Campus Martius.

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After purchasing lunch in the Guardian Building, I pulled out a pen and opened my notebook.

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Had to rest in the quiet and cool atmosphere of Cobo Hall.  Walking from the Guardian Building, past the Spirit of Detroit statue, through Hart Plaza, along the river to Joe Louis Arena, I looked forward to riding the People Mover back through the area.  However, rail replacement closed the public transportation, making for a long walk back under the blaze of the mid-day sun.  I wrote this in my notebook as I cooled.

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The People Mover provided me the opportunity to cover Downtown Detroit on foot. In the sun. With highs in the upper 80’s.
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The place that made me what I am today, as a writer and lawyer.

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The First National Building. I worked for the City of Detroit Law Department in the Labor & Employment Section while in law school. My office was in the shaded indented section, fifteen floors up.

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