(crosspost test) Last night, at around 11PM, I typed the final, offcial word on my 2009 NaNoWriMo and declared that sucker to be DONE. Well… done as in done all the major writing, and plotting and structrurally, everything is in place. It needs editing and some oomph and some passion and probably a good spelling and continuity check but for all intents and purposes, I finished yesterday. Let us all dance and rejoice. Official word count is ~93K, just over it… like 93,050 or something. I do plan to add some today before the deadline runs out at midnight tonight, mostly so I can get it over 100,000 words, so that I have a goal to beat for 2010. And then I am going to let it sit for awhile. And then I’m going to tear it apart in January and do my major edits/adds/deletions/flourishes and then I am going to have a copy printed in book form, for myself. This was my first NaNo, and I have to say I was slightly intimidated– I almost didn’t want to do it. The week before, I had decided I wasn’t going to, and then I had an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone. So on day 1, I started writing it and by day 7 I had 30,000 words and by day 14 I never wanted to see it again and on day 15 I crossed over 50,000 words. Bby day 21 I was cursing wherever this idea came from and damn it all to hell, and on day 27 my friends were rolling their eyes because I had declared that I would not reach the end of my plotline by the deadline and then on day 29, I was like ‘oh, I’m writing the last chapter today’, and today, on day 30… I am pretty darn proud of it. It’s a good feeling! NaNoWriMo is a unique experience, one I think every writer should do, at least once. Just to […]
Monthly Archives: November 2009
I’ll save my Academy Award worthy speech for when I actually finish my piece, but I just happened to be at the NaNo site today, updating my wordcount. As of today, Winning is now activated, so instead of feeding my words into the gobbler and letting it calculate my words, it takes you to a winner page. You get a neat certficate to save and one of these handybanners to toss about the internet. YAY! Now I’m off to stare at my manuscript and pray for divine intervention, or maybe one of those text-to-speech programs. SIGH. I know what I’ll be doing over the Thanksgiving break.
Good heavens, aren’t I done with this thing, yet? NOPE! So last week was a slow week. I didn’t really write much all week, mostly because I was burnt. out. from the first 50K words. I’m now over 70,00 and I swear to heaven, just over halfway done. URGH. I realized, this morning, that the end of Nano is approaching. Like SCREAMING at me– next MONDAY! I basically have 7 days to write my story climax and touching ending. Which doesn’t sound hard but YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE IT! And so now I’m calm. I realized this week that I was having a hard time moving on in the story because my story was missing some story. I made an attempt to jump some time but it didn’t really work. I just had a large chunk of time in which I allude to things happening but they don’t actually happen and it was awkward and didn’t work. I spent the weekend writing what I should have written, and still have a bit to write before I can skip to the end of what I’ve already written and continue the story. And hopefully finish by Monday. Please pray for my fingers.
Sorry I am a little late updating, this week. I’m. so. tired. I spent last week uhm…. writing. My brain is a fog and my fingers are burning. I decided to take a couple of days off from NaNo’ing so yesterday and today I am just chillin’. Over the weekend I crossed over the 50,000 word mark., First, YAY. Second, Okay, but I still have a ginourmous amount of desert to cross because my story isn’t finished. And Im getting tired. And my writing is getting lazy and uninteresting and I am burning out. Hence, a break for a few days. Not too long, or I won’t go back to it. I do want to finish it. And then never look at it again, HAHAHAHA. I’m so not kidding. Actually I am, but GAH. I see why people think NaNoWriMo is so hard. I think the plot is coming along, okay. Now that I have a good chunk of it in, I need to make sure I am keeping copious notes on what I say and how I explain things. Little details keep contradicting themselves and later I think ‘Oh NO, back in Ch 3 I said the shoes were GREEN and then in CH 10 I referenced BLUE shoes, CRAP!’. Guh. Well. Month half over. Gotta finish gotta finish gotta finish. Back at it tomorrah. Ciao, good friends. Anyone else on the NaNo Train?
It went well. The end. I’m just kidding. Week One did go well. Very well. I wanted to make a serious dent in my piece because I know it will end up being more than 50,000 words. I am wordy and my plot is slightly complicated and requires a clear passage of time and events in order for it ‘read’ right. I ended up passing 30,000 words over the weekend, which was AWESOME! I’m so proud! So week 2, I hope will firmly insert me in my plot and get me most of the way through it. The ending is going to be a little tricky, I think, so I want lots of time to work it out. I have sort of a weird writing process in which I……just start writing what comes to me. And then once I have a few thousands words down, I try to plot it out and send it in a direction. Otherwise I will write into oblivion, and that, my friends, is boring. I’ve yet to write a summary or anything because… I kind of suck at that. But I’m excited about the story line and even though it is fanfiction, it reads like a novel… ish… Haha. And I’m excited for the like, 8 regular readers I have to read it. I do think it will be the best piece I have done so far. I’m excited about this project, and am determined to see it through to the end. NaNo has been really fun, so far. If all goes well, I’ll do it every year. \o/ If anyone is a member at the NaNo site, I am Curvy Jones. iI’d link my profile but the NaNo site is down at the moment.
I’ve been avoiding doing a daily post, mostly because I don’t want to talk too much about my “novel” (I feel weird calling it that. It’s really just a long story, lol), because I don’t want to give away too much of it. Suffice it to say, however, that I’m very excited about what’s come out of the effort, so far. I am just under 1/3 of the way to the minimum word requirement, though if I know myself, I’m going to exceed 50,000 words. I’m still working through the major story lines— I like to just dive in and let the details set themselves up and work themselves out. Every few chapters or 5,000 words or so, I do some fact checking and make sure certain details stay true, then plan out a little further, then write some more and plan out a little further. It’s going well, so far. I feel like when I plan out the entire thing, I lose my zest for the story and I feel like I’ve written it already. That’s no fun. So far? World building and story writing and writing something new in a big damn hurry is a lot of fun. Everyday I post my word count over at the Nanowrimo site and I feel really proud of myself, and I’m so in love with the story. It’s been such a nice break from the story I’ve been writing for uhmmmmmm almost a year. Wow. Need that one to end, and soon. But now, Mama is tired, and have already put away the piece for the night. I’m off to sleep, perchance to dream, while visions of plotlines and realistic, believable dialogue and story arcs and stylebooks and well rounded characters dance in my head!
This’ll be quick and dirty, because I want to get to it, but I’ve been thinking for a few days, now, that I should probably ya know…. BLOG. So here I am, BLOGGING. I am doing NaNoWriMo. First time, and I’m excited. Maybe it’s all the fanfiction I pump out, but I’m not afraid, at least not of the Word Count. Will definitely finish… but I want it to be good. You know? Read like an actual novel, and therein lies the challenge for myself. It’s coming along nicely, really still working on the first chapter and almost at 5K words in. If you have more than 5K words, don’t talk to me. I want to stay proud of myself! I’m kidding. Sort of. I hope everyone who is participating is having a good time, and haven’t started freaking out yet. The time for that will come! Right?? It’s not time for that, yet… right? Ooooh, and good luck to bloggers doing NaBloMoPo, too! If I had to blog everyday for a month….. : | I don’t even think I have a blog for every month of the year here yet! I just am so bad at keeping up with this thing. SIGH. At least I am here. And I fall in when I can. Alright. On with it. NanoNano,