Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

Writing: I’m On a Roll!

Seriously! I’m very pleased with myself. I’ve managed to keep up some of the momentum yesterday even though I spent most of the day at work and therefore away from my novel. I’m going to be working again all day today, unfortunately (that’s usually what happens when you have a 9-5 job), although I hope to meet up with some other NaNo-ers tonight and see what tips we can share. I think that, if nothing else, NaNo is a good networking tool for writers in a certain area to find each other and create a support system. I kind of like that.

Look to see the updated word count before I do go sleep tonight. 🙂

Writing: My NaNoWriMo Novel

Remember that NaNoWriMo novel I mentioned yesterday? I think my participation is becoming more compulsory because I officially have 10,094 words. Right now, looking at that total (the sum of only two days of work), I’m having a hard time believing it. 

At the same time, I shouldn’t be quite so shocked. I know by now how my writing happens: in strange, unpredictable bursts fueled by a random idea or inspired moment. If that jolt of inspiration stays with me, I can shoot through a novel like a bullet train. If I only envision a particular scene, the going gets a lot tougher. This process is why part of me dreads working under contract and deadline. The writing I don’t do while inspired, the stuff I plug onto the keyboard just to get a word count, usually sucks.

Luckily, in this particular case, I have practically the entire book figure out already. Not just figured out, but planned, investigated, questioned, fleshed out, and outlined (in a sense). Although I do need to grow the story, change certain details and certain reasonings that won’t work in this new format, the bulk of the story is there, ready for me to write. What does this mean for you? That I’ll probably be posting about my progress a lot this month and won’t post about any of the books I planned to read and review until December. Maybe even January. I’m considering posting a word count meter on the sidebar, but I have to find one first.

All in all, this much progress so fast is extremely exciting and a little nerve wrecking. Can I keep this pace up through the whole book? I really hope so. I guess we’ll see, though, won’t we?

Edited to add: Found a really great, simple meter! Progress is now being monitored on the sidebar.

Writing: NaNoWriMo

I just realized that I may inadvertently be participating in National Novel Writing Month…

How does something like participation in a huge, nationally recognized, and somewhat frantic race to the novel-length finish line happen inadvertently? When the beginning of the program just happens to coincide with the presentation of a dilemma that involves finishing a novel in a rather short amount of time.

I’ve never signed up for NaNoWriMo before (and I don’t think I’m going to actually sign up now either), but the timing of this whole thing seemed extraordinarily coincidental. Fortuitous, maybe? I’m hoping so.

I know this is all rather vague, but as nothing is final yet one way or the other I don’t want to mention something that might not happen. Still, it was such an odd coincidence I couldn’t help sharing.