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?
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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
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
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
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.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Almost 15 years go, I tried my hand at writing children's books. I wrote a very short story/poem about a child enjoying the rain. I loved it. No one else loved, but it didn't matter. I loved it. It was simple, short, and fun. I also wrote a longer children's story about a stuffed bunny from my childhood, but it was too much like Velveteen rabbit. I was thinking about these stories and wondering if I still had printed copies. This started me thinking about all of the short stories I've written over the years and all the lost forever words.
Monday, October 19, 2015
When I made the decision to start NaNoWriMo this year, I knew I wanted to continue my story from the 2010 NaNo I wrote. I knew my characters had more to do, to say, to share. As I started sorting out ideas for the next book, I realized I would be writing backwards. My second book would actually take place before my first book. Now I am 12 days from the start of November, and I think this is actually the next book after all... huh?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When I'm writing, really writing, I feel more like ... me. Writing, for me, is a release of thoughts running randomly through my head at various times of the day. Writing allows me to make sense of nonsense. Putting words on paper taps into something inside me that nothing else reaches. I feel more alive, more awake, more in love with the world, more connected.... I feel more.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
This year I am using Scrivener to write my NaNoWriMo novel. I downloaded the free trial, but I think I am already convinced. Typically, I jump right into something new and figure it out along the way. Scrivener begged me not to do that, so I read the entire tutorial on the use of the program. I'm glad I did!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
I've been thinking a lot about my characters. Where do I want to begin this story? How will they meet? How much do I put into this story? All of these questions lead me to more questions and while I realize these questions only make sense to me here's what they sound like in my head:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
It's NaNoPrep month, so I'm working on what I need to get this novel out in November. Tonight, I created the book cover. I used a lotus flower, wings, and some energy stuff. That's the technical explanation. I used to use Microsoft Image Composer for all of my picture creations, but this time I used PicMonkey. No downloading needed and it's very easy to use.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The plan is to retype "Bleak", so I have a digital copy to edit in the future. The bigger part of this plan is to reacquaint myself with this 5 year old story to chose my main characters for the 2015 NaNoWriMo starting November 1st. Great idea, but November 1st is getting closer every day and I will not have enough time to outline or otherwise plot out this next novel.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
If you've read this blog, then you know I attempted to write a novel in the 2010 NaNoWriMo contest and won. I wrote a novel of just over 50,000 words titled "Bleak." Since that time, I've done little to further this wonderful novel. I still adore it and feel as passionately about the book as the day I completed the final page. So why haven't I done anything to bring it closer to seeing the light of day?