Posts Tagged With: NaNoWriMo

It Beckons

It’s been over a year since I last posted. Sometime after NaNoWriMo last year I had decided to get back into posting, but things just got away from me. And as NaNo approaches this year I’m starting to feel that urge to write come upon me again.

Several times over the summer I have had ideas spring on me and I’ve written snippets, but the only problem is, I have no plot. I just have a beginning, or at least one little glimpse of some other world. I could keep writing from these snippets, but I can’t find the words to continue. I don’t know where to go.

It’s maddening to have an idea, something that excites me, but then not know where to go from there The urge to write is growing everyday. The more I read the more I want to write. I’ve even started listing to the Writing Excuses podcast. My hope is that the spark will start to grow and ignite into a full fledged flame. But unless I give that spark some tinder, nothing is going to happen. So begins the writing. The writing with no direction. Words spilling forth with no purpose, no idea, just words. And maybe, just maybe, a plot will emerge.

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It’s Friday

Friday, Friday…

And what a week it has been. Lets just say that I’m not entirely ready for the weekend because Saturday is going to be my big day to push to get the rest of my room organized and unpacked.

It might seem a bit odd that I haven’t finished doing that since I moved several weeks ago, but I’ve been picking up every extra shift I could at work the last few months and it looks like next month is going to be about the same.

It makes finding time to write extremely difficult, especially when I have so many different things I need to do. But I do plan on setting aside some time tomorrow to rewrite a short story I wrote several years back that has stuck in my mind. And while I’m pretty sure the finished product will not resemble the original lines I wrote, the spark that I see when I read those words will be there.

This particular story was a result of word prompts I did every day one October before NaNoWriMo. It was a practice I really enjoyed and have missed doing since. In fact, aside from trying to do a free-write journalish bit everyday, I will start doing word prompts again. And if you so feel the desire, leave a comment with a word you think would be good for me to try on for size.

Do you have any favorite writing exercises?

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Script Frenzy

April is fast approaching and last year at this time I told myself that I would definitely make an effort to learn more about scriptwriting and try and participate in 2011 in this offshoot of NaNoWriMo. While I am still unsure if I’ll actually participate when April finally rolls around, I am taking the steps towards learning more about the practice and art of scriptwriting.

Aside from articles on the Script Frenzy site, I’ve picked up two books at my local library and I attended a scriptwriting seminar this past Tuesday. Whether I’ll get through all the material before April starts is yet to be seen. And whether I’ll have time between packing, moving and working to write and with just a week till the start, I’m on the fence about how serious of an attempt I’ll actually make at trying to write 100 pages. That aside, I am excited about what I will be working on during the month, which will basically be a rewrite of my werewolf novel from November, but in a script format of course!

But I am still hopeful that sometime with in the next few years that I will make an attempt at scriptwriting just for the experience of something different.

I think as a writer it is important and beneficial to explore different types of writing, whether it be different genres, poetry or even scriptwriting. And it is for that reason that I have been making efforts at expanding my repertoire of writing skills. Even if I don’t become very accomplished or experienced in other areas of writing, laying down the foundations now, might prove useful later in life and in my writing career.

Are any of you planning on participating in Script Frenzy?

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Post NaNo To Do List

Now that NaNo is over, it’s time to get back to those things that I either never got around to beforehand or realized I need to get done sometime during the last month.

In my top priorities outside of writing and editing are:
– Patching the three pairs of pants that have been slowly collecting in a pile since the beginning of November.
– Clean the inside of my car, because I was a bad girl and didn’t do it before November.
– Making Christmas presents (because that’s how I roll).

Things lower down on the list include:
– Reading that pile of books that is building up (Includes things like The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima, Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr, A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane, The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman and Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay)p
– Finishing various craft projects (crocheted bag, knitted blanket, crocheted cape, fairy cross stitch).
– Going through all my stuff and doing another purge.
– Putz around with the new blog design.

On the writing front I’ve got a lot going on…

I’m still researching information about Leadville, Colorado for my werewolf novel which begins its first phase of editing today! I will probably also being doing a small amount of research on the Appalachian Mountains which somehow ended up in the werewolf novel too…

I’m going to start researching stuff for Space Opera 3000, so that the science is a bit more real. Along with writing a bit on the novel each day.

Also, I’m going to go back to some old short stories I’ve written and send them through a couple edits and get them out to some people to read. I will also need to find people to read them too, but there are plans starting to form in that area too with other local Wrimos.

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The end!

Of NaNoWriMo that is. I am not quite done, but I will be soon, very soon. And then I shall sleep for about 500 hours straight before I return to the land of the living.

I’m not sure when I was this tired last, but I can’t wait to rest my head down on my pillows and dream. I would wait to make this post till after I am officially done, but I don’t think that I’d be able to muster the energy by then. The only thing keeping me awake right now is knowing that I am just that close to my 100k goal.

I haven’t yet decided if I want to continue to post everyday. I’m not really sure I have that much to say. I am, in general, I quiet individual. I do tend to be a bit more verbose on the internet, but I’m not sure that letting everyone know how many words I’d written that day on most days would be all that exciting. However, I will continue to post from time to time as the mood strikes and if that ends up being everyday, so be it!

And sometime in the next couple days I will attempt to sum up my NaNo experience this year and any other thoughts I have on the subject.

See you on the other side!

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Is it over yet?

I’m taking a real quick break from the cleaning I need to do so that I can get in a quick update!

That’s pretty much how I’m starting to feel right now. I’m definitely having a hard time of reaching my goal of 100k this month. I’ve got to write 11k tomorrow, but I think I can do it. I just need to get out of the house and away from distractions. It also means I need to stay away from certain other people who are chatterboxes at write-ins. I really just need to push, push, push.

And now, back to cleaning.

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A few changes

While succumbing to writer’s laze, I’ve made a few changes to the layout. I’ll probably play with it some more in the future, but it’s time to get back to writing, because all these stories aren’t going to write themselves!

I’ll have to say, I was going pretty strong this afternoon at the write-in, but when I headed home, I just haven’t gotten back into the groove. While I won’t achieve my 50k weekend goals, I will be completing the 20k challenge I joined and I’m pretty sure that I will hit that magic 100k for the month, which makes me pretty happy.

I’m really looking forward to the end of the month so that I can go back and start editing my werewolf novel. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the various different projects I’ve started will turn out as time goes on. I’ll probably keep working on my Space Opera 3000 during December along with the dystopian piece, once I start figuring out exactly where the characters are going.

Even if I didn’t complete all my goals this month, I’m really proud of what I have accomplished. I hope all of you other NaNoers are proud of what you have done too!

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

A few years ago I had taken a break from doing NaNo, so much so that I nearly forgot about it the next year. Halfway through the month I had a crazy dream that inspired a story and I also realized that it was November and I had all of 15 days to write 50k. I loved every minute of it and I still love the story even if I’ve subsequently torn it apart and tried rewriting it about half a dozen different ways.

With just a few days left in the month, I’ve had another one of those crazy dreams that is building up a story in my brain. So, even though my #50kweekend is coming to a close, since I have tomorrow off, I will be seeing how much I can write in about 36 hours (Once I get off work of course). If things go well, I’ll have my first draft of a dystopian world.

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NaNo Day 26

I’m supposed to be doing a #50kweekend (check this twitter hashtag to keep up with others doing it too), but as each day and hour passes, I’m falling farther and farther behind on that goal. I knew doing it in three days would be hard, considering that I haven’t passed 8k in one day, and doing 50k in three days means doing more than double my highest word count each day.

Ultimately, the best I can really hope for is to hit 100k by the end of the month, being still behind on that goal too. I’d still like to achieve that 50k weekend, but I’m going to need a serious amount of inspiration, being that I don’t have any sort of outline to help push me forward.

In fact, I keep trying different story ideas as I try and find something that can capture my interest. They are all things I’d like to write someday, but this isn’t the month. The almost 80k I’ve written so far this month is taking its toll on my creative side, being that I’m actually writing for quality rather than quantity this year.

Until I start learning to actually outline and plot large portions of a story to begin with, I don’t think I’ll ever be much of a speed writer; though I did manage to write the first 50k pretty quickly. However, I’ve never really been much of an outliner, not even on school projects.

The whole process is really making me think about what I could or couldn’t do month after month, and I think writing about 50k each month is on target for what I could do consistently. Not counting what editing I end up doing outside of writing new material. I guess as December rolls around I’ll get a better idea of what I can do.

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What am I most thankful for?

While it might be a bit cheesy to say this, but I really am most thankful for NaNoWriMo. And the reason is this, I don’t think that I would be writing at all if it weren’t for NaNo. People always say that writers write because they can’t not write, but that’s not true, just ask Kevin Smith (warning: there is lots of cussing in the video, it is Kevin Smith after all)!

I am a sufferer of writer’s laze. I have a desire to write, but part of me (a big part) just wants to sit around and read or watch TV all day. But if it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo I wouldn’t get off my butt at least one month every year and write a novel, whether good or bad (mostly bad). But this year there is something in me that is starting to change.

That writer’s laze is still there, but I’ve been able to break it enough that I’ve written everyday this month so far and not just on my novels, but here too. And as I’ve been writing and struggling and having major success moments, I’m starting to feel like I really could do this year round; write at least 1667 words everyday for the next 365 days (that’s a grand total of 608,445 words!). It equates to about 1-2 hours of writing each day for me, if I can keep the writer’s laze at bay.

Of course, if I decide to edit my novels, which I really want to do this go around, I’m not sure that I could actually keep up with 1667 word a day pace, but I think that it if I could take at least ten minutes everyday to write something new, that it would be a successful year. It might mean I’d only write a few hundred words, but I could also write around 800. Either way, it is a win-win situation because it means that I’m taking that next step in my writing career. It means that I’m really making it a priority.

So I raise my glass to NaNoWriMo and say thank you for inspiring me to do what I’ve always wanted, be a real writer. Thank you for giving me the encouragement I needed to park my butt in the chair and just write. Whether good or bad, it can always be fixed. As Nora Roberts says, “I can fix a bad page, but I can’t fix a blank page.”

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