Saturday, December 25, 2010

This, That or the Other?

Sometime before the holidays, mom asked if I wanted a Nook for Christmas. I emphatically told her, "No!" Now that Christmas is over, I'm browsing Barnes 'n Noble and reading up (again) on the Nook.

Why? Well, I still prefer the physical book, but I'm trying to figure out why so many people love the e-readers. A few friends own them and like the ability to carry more than a couple books at a time. I typically only read one book at a time so the thought of having 50 books in one place doesn't appeal to me.

Aside from that, spending my money on something I can't touch creates a different feeling than buying something physical. I rarely buy digital music for the same reason. I can see buying a song or two if that's all you want, but when it comes to buying a full CD, I want the physical property.


Here's my idea for getting "real book" lovers to try out the e-readers. When you buy a real book, you get a code that will allow you to also download the book to your e-reader (free or at a reduced cost). This way I can leave my hardback copy beside my bed and have the e-reader in the line at the grocery store. There. Problem solved!

So what do you prefer? A physical book, the Nook, the Kindle or something else? The iPad is like carrying around a little computer so I don't give it the same wrinkled up nose looks as the e-readers.

Love to read your comments.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Branching into Cyberspace

I absolutely love the idea of using social networking to post the thoughts of characters from a story. Reaching readers through the programs they use in their everyday lives is genius. Readers can connect with the characters and, in some cases, correspond with them as if they existed. I may have read more as a child if this existed when I was younger.

Using social networking with my novel so far has strictly been for promotional purposes and basically letting others know I have a work in progress (WIP). I want to do more. I want to connect possible readers with my characters before they can even get their hands on the book. I want the reader invested in my characters in ways a novel alone can't do. I have a brilliant idea (so says I), but I'm holding my thoughts until I'm sure. As we all know, once you post something on the internet you can't get it back.

Because I can't exert my idea just yet, the possibilities will drive me nuts. I'll have to buy a new notebook (oh the horror) to use as an outlet for planning and logistics.

In the mean time, enjoy this pic of my writing space which is overrun by one person in particular. This person may or may not cause your eyes to roll up into your head. For that, I apologize in advance.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bleak Beginnings..

"Bleak" - First Draft = 12 chapters and a meager 159 pages.

There are a few holes and a few heavy chapters. Several scenes need more weight to give them space to carry themselves and break off other scenes for new chapters. Big room for improvement but the base is solid.

Presently, I am staring at the wall. The numbered chapters are split with color coded binder clips. I've written on a few pages and stuck sticky notes to a few others. I've written out the events of each chapter through #6. I am sitting still, but my brain is moving faster than I can decipher. The ideas, the changes, the modifications all stream through my mind and out again before I can make complete sense of them. It's only when I stop trying to understand that it all falls together. A-ha! Makes perfect sense now. And off I go again...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sooooo... Now What? And other musings...

There are few people in my life that are supportive of my writing in a way that makes me feel accomplished. One of them is my best friend. I know I can talk to her about my story openly and she will tell me what sounds great, offer ideas or just listen. We were talking about a point in the story and before I knew it I had given her the entire story (in random order). When I realized I'd told her the entire thing, I stopped to think how I felt about throwing my carefully hidden plot into the air. Typically when I give up my ideas, I don't want them anymore and giving up my whole novel could have been tragic. But since I wasn't telling just anyone about my story, I actually felt more excited about completing the process.

I am still super excited to have written this story. Ok, so it's not quite as full as it needs to be and I think I left a rant towards the end about how much I hate the end. However, it's still a complete story. What would have taken me years of writing a little at a time is done. Now what?

Some time ago I bought "Power Structure" to help me with my writing. The program allows you to break your story down into something more than an outline. You can break it down by chapters, plot points, characters, settings, etc... The program lets you get into your story and flesh out what's important and not so important.

I used it last year to help me bring my thoughts together but could only get as far as a few chapters. My story kept changing which meant I had to go back and change other areas in the structure. I felt like I was spending too much time in the program and not enough time writing, so I abandoned it.

Now that my story is written, I'm about to start with Power Structure again. I'm hoping the restraint I felt while trying to use the program and actually write the story won't feel so limiting during editing. My hope is the program will help me find weak points in the already written novel and areas that need more development. I'll let you know how that goes.

On another note, I've changed the title of the novel. About 15 years ago someone gave me a piece of paper with a map of the US on each side. One side displayed a point for every optimistically named city and the other side displayed a point for every pessimistically named city (you can find that here). I live in Virginia so naturally Bleak, Virginia stood out on the map. I've always wanted to go there, but haven't. From the looks of it on Google Maps, I would have to drive about two hours North to ride through a town that's about 10 minutes long. Wanna go with me?

Anyway, it just happens this town has become a part of my story without even trying. Not only has the town invaded my story, but my novel is now aptly titled "Bleak".

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IT'S A NOVEL!

At approximately 11:27pm today, I completed NaNoWriMo.

30 days and 50,007 words later... I have a novel.

I am proud beyond measure.

More later. Bed now.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The End is the End... or is it?

See that bar over there? Just there to the right. At this moment it reads 41,134 words written (subject to change). That means at this current moment I am only 8,866 words and two days from the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words written in 30 days. The end is nye.. or is it?


I forced myself to bed last night after reaching the number above and realizing I had no idea how to end this story. When I started 28 days ago, I had a basic outline of events that needed to happen to get me to the end. Several surprises popped up along the way, but the end I created before I started still seemed plausible. The characters knew all along, I'm sure, but they were kind enough to let me think I would get my way. I am now at the end of the story but due to characters with more control than I ever imagined... the end is nowhere in sight ... or is it?


I woke this morning and lay in bed another 45 minutes. Getting up seemed pointless. In the midst of the climax, my story had no ending. The demons waited. The family huddled. And... nothing. I checked my email, twitter and FaceBook all from the warm restraint of heavy blankets and my dog (gotta love smart phones and smart dogs for that matter). As I was rolling through a few NaNo forum posts and contemplating the benefits of sleep, a very clear voice said, "They have to leave." Before the voice could fade, an image formed and ... the end is clear (say it with me now).. or is it?

Yes, this ending will work nicely and may in fact be genius. Well, it won't change the world or anything.. hmm... it does change the story world. Anyway, I have my ending for this story. So what's the problem now? Can you say sequel?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Following Your Character to Hell

I am emotionally drained at the moment after writing my main character into a dangerous situation and maiming another secondary character.

The situation with my main character was planned and he's been left where I need him to be. However, the maiming of my secondary character was not planned in the slightest.

When I am having trouble forcing a scene, I will take a deep breath and let the character tell me where we are going next. Now I realize this may sound odd to someone that doesn't write, but I guess you could think of it as a form of "free writing". This has happened a few times so far in this novel and so far I've been happy with the events as they unfolded. Not the case this time.

I followed this secondary character as I needed to get away from the place I'd just left my main character. At first I typed easily and understood the reason for the secondary character's place of choice. It made sense that he would do this. As we moved along through the scene, the mood became more somber and I realized we weren't leaving this scene without something horrible happening. Before I could change my mind about any of it, the entire scene played out in my mind and linked itself back to the scene I'd left before. It had to be written.

I feel horribly guilty about having written it and done this to my character, but in all honesty... he led me here himself. He already knew this was coming before I did. In fact, I'm pretty sure he and all the other characters know much more than I.

I think I'll take a small break before I try to lighten the mood.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Story with an Attitude

Congrats to me! Yes, I am tooting my own horn and I deserve it! I just passed 20,000 words. My novel is now 20,000 words in length. The story is not exactly as I thought it would go, but I have to say I am excited about a few of the scenes that evolved as I struggled to get from point A to point B.

*insert happy dance here*

As I push through this NaNoWriMo, I am reminded of my favorite quote from Mark Twain:

“There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written—it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.”

I find a sense of relief in this quote. My struggles to write my story do not necessarily mean the story, my writing or my dreams of being published are off the mark. In fact, this quote makes me think I must be on the right path.

This story has been more than 10 years coming. It has changed and fought with me every step of the way. My characters have refused to be written into situations and instead pushed my writing in other directions. The settings change at will. The plot thickens and thins despite my best efforts to keep it on track. The chapters end suddenly and usually when my mojo is in full effect.

Over the last 2 years, I've come to understand one thing very clearly:

I am not writing a story. The story is already written.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Appeasing the Voices

When I stop writing, my characters revolt. They stomp their feet in anger and assault my brain with plots and dialogue. They want out. They want the page. They want to feel real.

I started this novel about 10 years ago with a solitary idea and a character named Benny. Benny is in his mid to late 30's and has worked in construction for 15 or so years. Longevity has it's advantages. He knows when the concrete will be poured, how long it takes to set, how to smooth it out evenly. He also knows what can be hidden beneath it and how long it could take to find it. I worked through the "what ifs" and wrote a very small beginning. Five years ago, I couldn't take the influx of reminders from characters not yet formed pushing me to write about them. Two years ago, they won.

When I resurfaced the original idea, it took a life of it's own and became something entirely new. Benny has changed quite a bit and I'd venture to say, this isn't Benny anymore. This is a completely different character. Maybe Benny grew tired of waiting on me to get around to him, but I can still hear him now and again.I can still see him sitting in the shrink's office staring out the window. He deserves at least a short story some day.

My new characters are relentless. When I'm focused on one or two of them, the others are vying for my attention. Sometimes, I write a note or two to the side about them just to appease them for small periods of time. They want bigger parts in the story or have their own axes to grind and crosses to bear. It's my job to tell them ever so carefully, this isn't their story. It can be hard to let them down easy and still expect them to give me the rest of the story or help carry the main character.

So, I promised them I would share them with the rest of the world soon. My novel is about 14,000 words written, meaning I have a long way to go yet, but sharing pieces of them now is better than nothing.

Without further ado... here are my character names in no particular order:

JoAsh Lux, Idena Lux, Athan Lux, Lamb, Liam Lux, Joshua and Diane

And here is the working title of my novel in progress... 


Ahhh... peace and quiet.. for a little while.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Writing is in the Numbers

I passed small sign at the end of a driveway today that read "11900" ...

On any normal day this sign would have obviously meant the house at the other end of the driveway was house number 11900 on whatever road I happened to be driving. Today is not a normal day. Today is halfway through week two of NaNoWriMo. Today, I saw that sign and my first thought was "Oh, I almost have that many words down!" The next number I saw reminded me of the number of words I have to go until I reach the coveted 50K goal, then how many words I need to write today to reach my daily goal. I saw my number of pages, my character count, my hours left in the day to get home and actually write.

Writing ... it's all in the numbers.

I love watching the little number count in the lower left of my page. I peek when I start writing and look again after I've come out of an exciting burst. When the starting number and new number differ by more than 100 words, I have to update my count on NaNo. I just have to!

Word sprints are the best. Time is just organized numbers. Start with 10 minutes, post number of words and go another 15 minutes. This time post your word count ever 15 minutes for an hour. I love it!

Well, I've put about 261 words here that could have been in my novel, but that's OK. I'm all warmed up now.

And go...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Better Than a Smoothie and a Cupcake

I decided to go Barnes and Noble today to beat down the word count I'm increasingly missing. (Never you mind the stop at Bruester's for ice cream) I meandered through the cafe ( the good spot taken... you know the one nearest to an outlet and the second good spot... the one where no one can possibly read over my shoulder). After assaulting a stranger with paper towels in the bathroom, I headed for the YA section.

Now, I like vampire books as much as the next person (well, the next person that likes vampire books) but the YA area seems to be overrun with them. After sifting through books and book covers with fangs, full lips or blood droplets, I found two shelves of books about anything but vampires. The new ideas blew me away. I wanted to read them, not so much for the sake of the story but to find out just how they pulled it off!

As I was standing there amazed, a few YA's (yes they do exist) browsed books near me. They commented on one or the other and how they hate it when they buy a book they've already read. I continued picking up a book now and then but not to review them. I wanted to hear more from these girls. I wanted to ask them what they enjoy most in a book. I wanted to know what they were tired of reading. I wanted to know if their friends read the same books they did and vice versa. These girls had read so many books they couldn't tell from the covers if they'd read them before. These girls were my future market and they were reading voraciously.

I wanted to know a lot of things, but you know as well as I do theYA can be skittish. One minute they are talking freely and laughing with their friends but if an outsider interrupts it can be ... awkward. I opted not to interrupt them. Just as I was about to walk away a teen brought a book to her mother explaining to her with much excitement that this was the next book in the series. As I was leaving it was decided she would get it for her later now that she knew she wanted it. That sucks.

Back in the cafe, the outlet seat still taken and the hidden seat filled, I settled for this seat. I hadn't been here 10 minutes before the teen and her mom sat at the table in front of me both with smoothies and the girl with a chocolate cupcake. I like cupcakes as much as the next person (well, the next person that likes cupcakes) but between you and me... for the cost of two smoothies and a chocolate cupcake, mom could have bought the book. The book would have lasted much longer than the chocolate smudges in the corners of the girl's mouth and been better for her.

Books > Cupcakes

Edit: After all this, I can't focus here. I'm going back home!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Workshops, Ideas and NaNo

Lots of knowledge gained today! First up... writing workshop!

The Chesterfield Writer's Club presented a workshop today complete with authors, publishers and instructors. The workshop started with how to begin as a writer, moving to structure and craft and wrapping up with publishing and marketing. This was the first effort by this group and they did a fantastic job. Some of the information was repetitive for me but I learned something new from each section. The best part for me was meeting an author I admire. Local Richmond author Michele Young-Stone wrote "The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors". I'd seen a few experts about her and heard that she often attended small book clubs to not only promote her book but to talk to them about her experience as a write. I contacted her about attending the workshop as a panelist and she accepted. She shared her experience as a new writer trying to publish a debut book and I ate it up was a spoon. What I really appreciated about her story is that she knew exactly what she wanted when she wrote the book as far as publishing and how she wanted it done. Goals are key to success. Know what you want, how you want it and then do what it takes to get there! (see the linking I did up there for her? one day someone will do that for me too!)

During the work shop a plot bunny tried to take over and distract me from learning. Having read the plot bunnies thread on the NaNoWriMo site I was fully prepared. I immediately found a piece of paper, jotted it down until the bunny fuzz settled and returned to the workshop without distraction. Sometimes you just have to write it down in order to forget it and move on. It worked. I did get a couple of ideas during the workshop that will fit fantastically into the novel I'm writing... excited to get back to it.

Which brings me to my current status with NaNoWriMo. This is day 6 and according to the 1,667 per day rule, I should reach 10,001 by midnight. Should is the operative word here... I currently have 6,370 words. Now that's 6,370 words more than I had 6 days ago so it's definitely a success. However, I need to step this up and get closer to the day to day goal. Which explains perfectly why I'm here procrastinating.

*eye roll*

Yes, yes... I'm going now.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Everybody's Writing for the Weekend!

Finally the weekend is here! Day 5 of NaNoWriMo and I'm way behind. No worries. I'll get there. I love where my story is going and that NaNo is forcing me to move forward. I don't question my writing and when I get stuck I'm more likely to think openly about what to do to get unstuck.

My brain is a bit mushy. The cause may be a combination of speed writing, candy and coffee. The mush feels good. Not the kind I want oozing between my toes, but good nonetheless. Brain mush doesn't allow for thinking about laundry or overdue bills. The only thoughts that will penetrate this mush is plot structure, character growth and a healthy dose of fantasy.

The best part of NaNo so far is knowing that as I sit here and write this novel, there are currently 637 wrimos in my region (Richmond, Virginia). Those 637 Richmond Wrimos have written 1,442,314 words so far. Do you know many books that would fill? Me either, but it seems like an awful lot!

So far, I've contributed over 5,000 words. I should be around 8,000 today and over 11,000 by the end of the weekend. There's no reason I can't get there.

I'm determined.

I'm ready.

I'm .........................SQUIRREL!!!

*ahem* ... I'm focused.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Best Laid Plans

NaNoWriMo is upon me. Day 1, I surpassed my goal of 1667 words. Day 2, I am short already. The day is not yet over and I'm gaining willpower to "just do it" but pushing aside everything else is proving harder than I expected.

When I decided to write 50K words in a month, I thought my biggest issue would be thinking of enough words to fill the 1667/day requirement. I was wrong. The writing is easy. You start with a few words and before you know it you have over 300 .. then over 800 and so on.

Why is the dog barking? Why is my son freaking out.. again? Did I finish that project at work? Is the dryer done? Where's my coffee? Did I pay that bill? Why is the TV so loud? Where is the dog? Where is my son? Why can't I focus? Who is playing bongos and WHY NOW?

This... this is the reason I will not make my goal in the coming days. The "easy button" I bought from Staples does not work against the dark forces of the household. Perhaps some rewiring is in order...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Illusions of Grandeur

According to www.nanowrimo.org my own NaNo officially begins in 7 very short hours. I'm starting to panic. I'm not in full panic mode, but I'm damn close. Why?

Well, let me tell you.

I've been working on a novel for several years and as of about 2 years ago it transformed into a new story with new characters and a new plot. I love the story but it's changed several times over the two years. The plot bunnies consumed most of my ideas and left behind little pellets of other ideas. With that being said, I've gone about the last two weeks thinking I had NaNo in the bag since I already knew what I wanted to write. The sudden realization that I do NOT know what I want to write is upon me.

No outline and no path makes for a hefty panic. My feeble attempts to create an outline today are, well, feeble. There are too many ideas still swirling and too many options for placement of those ideas and consequences as a result of the placement. I AM NOT READY!!

Or...

Maybe I AM READY and this is just one last ditch effort by my internal editor (IE) to control my writing. Aha! I've figured you out! My, my... you are a tricky one. I need a name for my IE. Perhaps there's a thread on the NaNo forums about naming your IE.

What?

I'm not procrastinating. I still have 6 hours 37 minutes and 48 seconds.. 47... 46.. *faints*

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ready-O for NaNo... maybe.

I've been reading the forums on the NaNoWriMo site in preparation for November first. I laughed pretty hard today reading about the possibilities of people suspended in Jell-O and the other day reading about how much tin foil it would take to make a ball of foil as large as a shed.

Today, there's a thread about the 1667 words needed per day to meet the 50K goal by month end. The thread starter timed herself to see how long it would take to reach that goal per day depending on focus, distractions, ideas, etc... The posts that followed are both hysterically funny and horrifying at the same time. Some seem to have a handle on it and claim to be able to do to in under an hour. Others, like me, are less likely to complete the word count needed in less than 3 hours each day! I will time myself later this evening.

I also read a thread about the things writers keep around them while they write. At first the objects seemed like distractions from writing, but as I've begun to collect my own objects they seem more likely to keep me in my seat and at least near my writing. If I'm blowing bubbles from my little eyeball container, then I'm still seated at my desk and probably still thinking about the next word on the page. Right? Sure.

This is the last weekend before NaNo officially begins. Here's my list of things to do before Monday:
  1. Snack Food - fruits, Twizzlers, gum, tea, coffee
  2. Candles - running low on the good smelly kind
  3. CD's - organize my CD's so I dont waste time trying to find the "mood" (hmm. alphabetically or genre)
  4. Pencils - mechanical thank you very much
  5. Rules - ensure the household knows that from 7pm - 9pm they dont exist ... unless I'm stuck, lonely or out of Twizzlers..
  6. Hat - writing hat... find it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Setting the Scene

Getting in the mood is hard, especially when forced. I think about it all day at work when I can't do it. I get excited about doing it when I get home, but the house comes first. Once all is done and I'm alone with my thoughts... I can't do it! I try and try, over and over... I just can't get there. I just can't get to that beautiful quiet in my head that streams with endless descriptions, dialogue and plot. Write something, dammit!

My writing room is small but filled with toys that stimulate my senses. Books, candles, stereo, lip gloss, bubbles, funny pens, pictures ripped from magazines and various quotes, heart shaped boxes, humorous clocks, note cards in bright colors, a slinky, my dog's bed (sometimes graced with her presence)... all of these things clue me in that there's magic waiting to happen. I also have a striped hat that I wear when it's time to get serious and make progress.

So here I am surrounded by the things I love and things that make me feel creative., except my hat. I can't find it at the moment. Maybe that's the problem today. My creativity is escaping through my hair follicles.

Of course the feeling, the need and the urgency will return tomorrow and dare me to steal away at work to give in to the creative passion and crazy rush it brings. Dare I sneak off to my car? The bathroom? In the staff break room? I like the thought of returning to my office with a sly grin, flushed cheeks and a notebook of random breakthroughs.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Get Ready! Get Set! Procrastinate!

November is just days away so what better time than now to procrastinate. I'm seeing banners on the NaNo site promoting books written and yet to be written. Feeling inspired, I created a banner for DIFTY (my novel).


I rather like it. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shhhhhh.... Writing in Progress!

My house is a small three bedroom rancher. All the rooms are crammed together with little between them. The walls are thin and the doors are thinner. The television echoes from the front of the house to the back and forward again. The PS3 fights for sound domination and fills the hall with gun fire, teen yelling and angst ridden music.

All I want to hear is the "clack-a-tap-a-clack" of my fingers on the laptop.

Earphones with no music playing helps to drown out the fury of noise but the dull roar is still there. Playing music distracts my attention from the words typed to the words sung. Instrumental music? Sure, that works for a little while. Maybe I need more variations of instrumental music. Classical and Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-V are all I have currently. Suggestions?

Silence is all I want but the clock ticks 8:47 p.m. and the voices will carry through the house for a few hours more. Not to worry, though. I'm done now.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dreaming of Writing (literally)

Standing outside the store with someone next to me, we were perhaps in a line of some sort, we watched a woman inside. She walked to the front window display and placed a book atop a tall ladder. Each "step" of the ladder held a book. The book on the top was mine. My published book faced the street, faced me and all the people wandering past. I remember commenting to the person next to me about my book. There were a few other scenes in which I tried to get closer to the book but never made it. I awoke confused.

This dream came two or three days ago and letting it go has proved difficult. The published book appeared to be a crime fiction novel. My preferred genre is young adult or fantasy. Crime fiction?

In another part of the dream, a scene played out in my mind or rather the mind of myself in my dream. A man dragged a woman up a very steep slope. He dragged her by her foot. She, near death or dead, did not struggle. The mud beneath them left tracks of his steps wiped away by her body. There are other details but this scared me. Horror is not a genre I enjoy. At heart, I am the biggest chicken you'll ever meet. No thrasher movies, no Halloween hay rides, no ghost stories. However, this scene has me intrigued.

I lost my keys recently in a Khol's department store, and found them an hour later hiding under a purse I'd tried out, loved but didn't buy. I took it as a sign to buy the purse. I do not regret it. Maybe this dream was to push me into the right direction. Maybe this dream was to remind me of the many options I have as a writer. Maybe this is a sign. Could the biggest chicken this side of the Atlantic write horror?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Write, Write, Write! When?!

I'm preparing for NaNoWriMo (see previous post) and trying to decide what time of day is the best for me to write. Here's how this is going:

Mornings - This would seem like the perfect time for me to write. My son is out of the house by 6:45 every morning. It's quiet and I have about 30 minutes before I need to get ready for work. However, mornings and my brain don't get along. The alarm echoes "hit snooze" instead of "get up!" I lay in bed letting the smell of coffee waft over me. Snooze...

Afternoons - My regular 40 hour work week doesn't allow for much time to write. Lunch would be the best time but where? The lunch room is crowded, noisy and frankly smells funny. My office is quiet but interruptions are frequent. Writing in my car has always felt awkward.

Evenings - This depends on which one, or does it. I planned to list my evenings and why I can't write that night but Thursday is the only evening that is truly booked. Hmmm.

Well, my 30 minutes this morning is gone.

When do you write?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NaNoWriMo? Sure!!

I work full time. I am involved in a writing group. I am attending an exercise course after work twice a week. I am also attending school for my BBA once a week which includes a team meeting every Saturday. I just purchased a bass guitar with hopes of fulfilling a few selfish dreams and I have a teenager to attend to when he's feeling sociable.

NaNoWriMo?? Why not? It's just 50,000 words in 30 days which apparently averages out to writing at least 1667 words per day. This is my first NaNo and hopefully not my last. I've been thinking about my novel, DIFTY, for more than 10 years. It's evolved into an entirely different story from its inception. I've structured the story and weaseled out plenty of "if this, then that" ideas. I have notebooks and programs filled with information about characters, plots and subplots. The written story? I've managed to eek out about 2200 words.

It's time for this story to see more than the inside of my brain. While I'm sure the inside of my brain is fascinating, there's so much more for these characters to give to the world. I created them. I gave them life. The time has come to set them free.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Procrastination Averted!

Here it is.

It's taken me all day to get this far. I chose a user name, created the blog and updated the formatting over the course of 6 hours. Finally, I'm writing. Procrastination wins again, for a little while anyway.

I've discovered something very important about my procrastination. I will only procrastinate a specific thing until something comes along that's more daunting or necessary. I began creating this blog to put off working on DIFTY (my novel). Then I put off completing the blog to get school work together. Now that I have all of my books for class here beside me, I've put them off to write this blog. See how that works?

This is a fantastic discovery for me. This means all I have to do is find something less enjoyable that needs to be done. The less enjoyable thing will propel me towards the thing I really need to get done... writing!

Well, that's how it should work ... in theory.

How do you curb procrastination?