December 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm (Writing)
Tags: NaNoWriMo, Writing
Ok, so I busted my tail to complete NaNoWriMo successfully for the third year in a row. I got up a little early and wrote before going to work. I stayed up just a wee bit later and didn’t watch television. I put all other projects on hold and within 19 days (wow!) I have a viable manuscript of a pretty decent novel which will be worked on excessively in 2010.
Well, I got done with NaNoWriMo early due to Thanksgiving and holiday decorations, etc. And, yes, I’ve got my sister-in-law’s birthday dinner this Saturday. Most of my Xmas shopping is online. So, why is it so darned hard to set my sorry self in front of the computer and pick back up on my other projects?
I can’t necessarily pass it off to the “season” or lack of daylight due to the time of year or being burnt out. Or can I? It’s like using “Writer’s Block” as an excuse (an expression I firmly DO NOT believe in). Being tired is one thing; having other or additional commitments is another.
BUT if we allow those commentaries or justifications or rationalizations to become acceptable, then our writing suffers. NaNoWriMo is a prime example of not needing to write well initially, just writing and getting words on paper as a starter.
Last night I wrote two paragraphs of my new novel (the one about the widower going on a road trip across the country referenced in an earlier entry). Just two paragraphs. I’m not upset. It’s what needs to be done.
November 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm (Writing)
Tags: NaNoWriMo, novels, Writing
Actually, for me, the finale was November 19, Thursday night, sometime around 9:35PM CST. Finished. 51,045 words. I averaged over 2600 words per day. I got up at my usual time on the workdays and just didn’t bother with the Today show or ESPN. I wrote after dinner. I got up EARLY on Saturdays and Sundays.
For me, this third time around, NaNoWriMo was no longer an exercise or an excuse or a challenge. It was a viable system of writing, albeit regurgitated crap for the purpose of a word count goal. But it was necessary insofar as it produces, it causes production, it motivates, it gets you what you want to do as a writer which it—drum roll, please—to WRITE.
So, there you have it. another successful NaNoWriMo. The piece, as in previous years, will be hibernating through the rest of 2009 and begin its rebirth through several drafts starting in 2010. But I may continue this writing regimen on the other non-NaNo projects I was working on prior.
And get back to blogging, and reading blogs, and, oh yes, paying the bills.
November 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm (Writing)
Tags: NaNoWriMo, networking, novels, Writing
Third day of November. 8481 words. Waking up the same time just spending less time watching the “Today” show. Dinner and dishes…then writing. I’m not feeling tired. On the contrary rather invigorated.
The regional posts show a lot of enthusiastic Wrimos in Wichita, KS. one gal up in Newton is up over 11,000 words at last check. good for her. Keep at it. Do it. This is what writers do. they write. And if it takes an international on-line event filled with madness akin to Alice jumping down the rabbit hole—well, then, we’re all the better for it.
October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm (Writing)
Tags: NaNoWriMo, novels, Writing
Writers, if you are aware of NaNoWriMo, November is just around the corner. And if you’re not, go to the website and engage yourselves. It is an online “event” (“competition” is not an accurate word because you are only competing against yourself and there’s nothing to win except pride) in which the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel within the span of the month of November. You’re not supposed to write “Catcher in the Rye” or “Finnegan’s Wake”. But if doesn’t get you ON your butt to start writing, I don’t know what will. My first attempt in 2007 resulted in a semi-decent novel (since re-edited 5 times) and the attempt from 2008 was a bit better, stylistically different, and hugely entertaining. Then again, I’m biased. Try it and you’ll be hooked. Follow me and my adventures by searching author hb_wichita.