Sunday, November 22, 2015

Double on the Rocks, Please

Are you kidding me? Only 9 days left of NaNoWriMo? This month has flown by and my mind has flown with it. I started out fairly strong with writing, but, well, life happens. I think I skipped out on writing for at least 3-4 days which put me behind in a big way. 

As of Monday 11/14/2015, I'd only written 8,959 words. I should have been at 26K. I could have stopped, threw up my hand, and run screaming from the room. I didn't .. I wrote 11K words in 5 days. That's an average of 2,292 words a day. Some days I wrote more, some less. The point is... I wrote. How did I do it? How am I continuing to do it? 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Finish the @#$!ing Story!!

Every year NaNoWriMo receives written "Pep Talks" from various authors which they send out to the NaNoWriMo masses for consumption. Typically, I read them and think, "Thanks. That was funny or inspiring or worth the read." Today's "Pep Talk" is written by Stephanie Perkins and she wrote something that resonated with me. NaNoWriMo isn't about writing a good novel.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Word Count? What Word Count?

Starting NaNoWriMo is easy. Pick a scene you want to write, and write it. Voila! You have your first 1,6667 words, maybe more. Maybe your first day was a breeze and you were like "Pfft, I've so got this!" Then.... it happens.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Don't Be Rude!

The first day of NaNoWriMo is over. I wrote up to my expected 1,667 and maybe a few words past it. What do I think about what I wrote? Well, I knew only the very opening. I knew the feeling I wanted my MC to have. I knew very little else. I typed out what I wanted to be there and then it happened. The feeling I love about writing. The characters show up. They already know they are in this story. I'm the one moving slowly and trying to catch up. It's exhilarating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

And Here.We. Go.

To quote the late, great Heath Ledger in his role as The Joker, "And here.We. Go." If you've seen this line in the movie, then you know he's expecting a big explosion and fantastic results, but he is underwhelmed when nothing happens. No explosions. No people scurrying for cover. No chaos. No results. I feel like The Joker today and the jokes on me.