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Breaking Thresholds

I broke 40,000 words today. That’s crazy! I didn’t think I would be able to do this and now I am simply 10,000 words from accomplishing my goal! I am way too close to my ending than I should be at 10,000 words out, but I don’t care. I see the finish line and I am sprinting towards it.

This journey has been fantastic. It has done several things for me. But before I list those I do have to say that my story is not worth reading, nor is it worth editing and thinking about publishing. I share that because the things that I gained from Nano were not anything like what I expected. I expected to maybe finally get a story out of me. This is a story alright but its not like this is a story worth taking to the next step.

But I have fallen in love with a few of my characters. Certain ones I could write all day. If they were real people I would be worried that they would think that I was a crazy stalker because I would want to be best friends with them.

The other thing Nano has done for me is to give me the realization that I do have a writer in me. I had never been sure if I could do this after all but there have been scenes and stories and dialog that came out of me that I never knew was there! And I outlined!

Finally Nano has done what Nano claims to do, it gave me a sense of accomplishment and achievement. I know that I am not finished yet, but even if I weren’t able to finish at this point I would know that I did win regardless because I have gained so much.

Thanks Nano!

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So Sleepy…

2500 words behind as of tonight.

My story is working on a specific timeline and tonight I realized I had skipped a week. How do you skip a week? So I am going back and trying to add a week in the middle of the story. Crazy.

But it is going well. Assuming I can catch up I should be finished in about a week. I hope I can catch up because I will be so close to finishing and I would like to at least finish. Regardless though I have already accomplished the fact that this is the most I have ever written on a story. Usually after about 2-3 pages I stop writing.

Perhaps next year I will pick up one of those unfinished stories and finish it. Or write one of the ones in my head that sound way too lame for me to ever tell anyone, much less write, but are fascinating for me to think about and ponder actually writing.

How can a story be obviously lame but fascinating to me at the same time?

Well that is all of my thoughts for the night. Goodnight.

The Best Is Now!

I cannot believe that I have made it this far, I have written 28,037 words so far and I am having a blast! I had planned my book to be more negative in the beginning half and then the last half would get better and better. It is so much fun writing these parts because my main character is now learning and growing and happy! Before she was a bummer to write. I mean I tried not to make it all bummer but it was hard not to. Now I can make it all happy and its ok.

I am fairly certain I do not have enough plot to make this into a real novel but I have to say I am immensely enjoying writing this story. It has become so much more to me than I first expected. I honestly expected to hate it and never want to show it to anyone. But instead I keep reminding myself that if I bring it up in conversation the other person won’t actually know what I am talking about. Why not? Hasn’t the world read this amazing piece of art yet?

Apparently not. For when I say, “Callie did that!” They just look at me and say, “who?” Then I reply with “My main character for my NaNoWriMo novel.” They say, “What?”

Then I realize that this explanation is going to take a whole lot longer than the conversation needed to last anyway. So I drop it.

“Nevermind” I say out loud while my brain screams, “IT’S JUST THE MOST AMAZING THING I HAVE EVER WRITTEN IN MY LIFE.”

I’m sure in another few days I will hit a wall. I have been doing too well not to. And pretty soon here I am going to run out of story.

See you in a few days then.

Inspiration

I had been warned. In fact I had prepared as best as I could for the moment. I read all the blogs I could, I studied, I prepared. But I still hit a slump in week two of NaNoWriMo. I have read many different solutions to slumps, (write a different scene, kill off a character, just write anything until a story sparks again), but in the end for me it was a simple solution. I needed to write the scene I was avoiding. Then the ideas started flowing.

But then something happened that I hadn’t been warned about, I just didn’t want to write. I lost my enthusiasm for about a day or two. I was a day behind from my first slump and I didn’t want NaNo to end for me there, I knew if I didn’t force myself to write I would end up more days behind than I could catch up.

So I made myself sit down and do it.

The theme of my story is a girl who is also doing NaNo, there’s a bit more to the story but I figured it would give me some ideas as the story went along. Completely unintentionally I was going through this slump at the same time that I was writing about my characters slump. I wonder if my character influenced me? I know it wasn’t the other way around because my outline, which I have followed fairly closely, called for a slump.

My story line doesn’t really leave room for killing off a character. But part of the way my character got through her slump was to kill off her main character. We will see how she recovers.

I have been telling people that I am surprised by how much plot I have. But I fear I am running out. I wanted they story to be mostly upbeat and I have hit the climax of change and the rest of the book is supposed to be more positive than negative. But can I really carry that for another 30,000 words? And yes, my character’s fears this week were that she had run out of plot.

It seems I am following my story outline in real life.

I think I see the problem.

Excuse me while I go burn an outline and rewrite one that makes everything all happy little clouds with unicorns flying on sugar coated wings.

Let’s Be Honest

Have you noticed this new thing with the youth of today? They will start a sentence with “Let’s be honest…” and it ends with a tidbit of truth. Sometimes it’s funny (after offering you the last cookie, “let’s be honest…I was going to eat it anyway”), sometimes it is an opening for friends to talk about something serious (“let’s be honest…that really hurt my feelings”), sometimes its just random (“Let’s be honest…ice cream is my favorite”). I like this trend. It is one of the few that I actually have consciously decided to participate in.

So, let’s be honest…there’s a write in tomorrow and I am terrified to go. This is so silly because my ML is really nice. The rest of the group I’m sure is a lot of fun as well. I have thought of quite a few reasons why I shouldn’t go (it is my day off and I really want to spend it in my pajamas and sleeping in…I need to clean tomorrow…ok ok maybe not quite a few reasons, but at least two). But honestly my story needs it. In my story my main character is doing Nano (don’t worry, her story is not about someone doing nano, I wasn’t going to get THAT mirror within a mirror within a mirror within a…) and she is about to attend a write in. And when I say about to I mean that I had to stop writing tonight because I haven’t been to a write in and that’s the next scene.

So I have to go tomorrow to a write in and write about my main character being at a write in (talk about mirror within a mirror). I tried to write it based on some descriptions my co-regional wrimos gave me, but I just can’t do it. So I have to go.

But I don’t want to.

But I do.

Oh let’s be honest, I haven’t a clue what I want.

By His Grace

The past few weeks have spiraled out of control for me. I had been in such a great routine of coming home, doing all the general maintenance of housework, budgeting weekly (which was a huge improvement from my once-a-month-see-how-I-did check book balancing time), writing often. I was several weeks ahead on my Proverbs 31 posts. I was also writing about humility and learning and growing daily. I was even eating good and getting in a small amount of exercise. I was prepping for NaNo and very excited about that. All the cogs were turning, as they should.

Then it all slammed to a stop.

It really doesn’t matter what caused it to stop. Life always happens. Those cogs rarely all move together. But it all stopped and everything fell behind. I ended up in a messy house, no clue as to my finances other than very basics (like I could pay my bills but I didn’t know if I had any more left over or not), I had to quit writing the 31 Days of Humility, and the only reason I didn’t fall behind on the Proverbs 31 posts was because I was ahead. I was eating horribly and had to stop the little exercise I was doing due to an injury. NaNo was still a possibility but the reality was that it would be unlikely I would or could finish even though I hadn’t even begun yet.

And that is when I remembered something I always tend to forget, I remembered that I needed to ask for help. Not just ask anyone, but to ask God. I started praying for God to help me with my house. I started there because I didn’t really see it as starting something. I was simply overwhelmed with that the most and would pray about that. And He helped me. I am not sure when I found the time but I got caught up. Then I asked for His help in other areas and, again, things are falling back into place. In fact, tonight I was even able to visit my grandmother after work, come home and do chores, write write write, and I will still have some time to spare before bed.

But to top it all off, He helped me in an area that I hadn’t asked. That was with Nano. As many of you know I had fallen behind. My previous post regarding NaNo was that I was trying to catch up. Well tonight I was just 400 words shy of catching up. I stopped because my brain was tired but I was blessed because I know that was God as well. I am at 11,657 words. At this rate I will be able to finish by November 25, the day before I leave for El Salvador.

My prayer in this lesson learned is that I continue to seek God’s help in everything I do. For He is the only One that can keep all those cogs spinning, spinning properly, and free of obstructions.

Amen!

Almost….Just Almost Quit

Well it is day 5 of Nano, technically day 6 but I haven’t gone to bed yet so it still counts as day 5. I didn’t write yesterday. I ran out of time and umph and really didn’t care. I thought I might quit because I didn’t want to stress out about catching up. After all I am trying to write 2000 words a day in order to be finished prior to going to El Salvador on November 26th. Plus I have not gotten my regular blog posts ahead enough to cover while I am gone and that is part of my goal. Plus, as I mentioned previously, I have had the advice a couple of times not to take on too much in November and over do it. But today I needed to write. I desperately needed to work on the story again.

My characters are all behaving again. In fact a few new characters popped up and have quite surprised me. I didn’t know them before and am really enjoying getting to know them.

It is such a relief to get this out again. I got 3000 words done tonight so if I can do the same tomorrow I will be caught up. It is a good feeling. But even if I don’t I want to finish this story. I am not sure if its really worthy of a novel but some parts are turning out better than I expected. Maybe I will turn it into a short story afterwards. I do not feel that I really have enough content to carry the reader for a full novel. After all the 50,000 words is going to be a lot of fluff. I can see that already. But I am learning and growing in this.

Though I have noticed that my regular writing has gone down hill somewhat. In the beginning of this blog I would write and edit and…well…care. But now I just write as if this were a journal. A journal that others read. I don’t suppose these are good habits to be forming. But don’t worry, after the holidays are over I will get back to actually working at my craft, not just punching out stuff. Though there is quite an advantage to this as well. It is helping me learn how to keep up with a certain amount of writing a day. Plus I am learning to take a small idea and stretch it into a good portion of content, where before it wouldn’t be enough for a sentence. In some cases this is fluff but in other cases it is developing the idea and creating plot out of it.

Well it is now 30 minutes after midnight and I need to sleep. Good night fellow wrimos! I am still in the running!

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