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My Novel Consumes Me – Day 6 of NaNoWriMo

Just wanted to post a quick update about my progress during the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  I’m almost caught up at 9,011 words on day 6 – just 900 words shy of my overall goal daily goal.  My eyes are starting to cross, so it’s time to put my story to sleep for the night and get cracking at it again tomorrow and hope that I can make it to my Day 7 goal.

Stuff I’ve learned so far:  

  1. 1667 words a day are a lot…  I usually write in the library on my lunch hour for 35-45 minutes and can knock out about 400 words.  Then, when I get home after grabbing food for dinner and then cooking it (doesn’t take long and takes my mind of sitting in front of the computer all day at work), I either sit down on my favorite recliner with netbook on my lap or at the kitchen table and crank out 2 or 3 more scenes.
  2. Weekends are not for catchup.  Learned that this go around when I had 2 slow days during the week.  Of course, I still want to enjoy stuff with my family instead of writing all day.  So, I’ll be trucking on all week, so I can have a little down-time for family.
  3. I need mellow music to work on my novel or I can’t see the movie in my head… you know what I mean, I’m sure.
  4. By turning my screen to black background and green writing (I use Scrivener Software for writing) I can just focus on the story instead of playing with word-count charts etc.
  5.  I try not to get bogged down with outlining.  I have a very lose skeleton outline and every day, I look at possible scenes that I could write and pencil / type them in.  When I begin writing a scene, I first add some random key words that come to my head that I may want to cover or mention in that section.  The filling in happens as I watch my “movie” as it plays out in my head and my fingers do the typing.

So, this is the update for about almost a week into the challenge.  I’ll post more updates when my characters let me.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Novel Writing

 

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NaNoWriMo – I Accept the Challenge

I’m about to embark on my busiest month ever!  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which runs from 1-30 November every year.  It’s a challenge for aspiring and professional novelists to crank out a first draft of a novel in 30 days.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in November or 1,666 words a day, I think, correct me if I’m wrong.  To be a winner, you have to start a new project and upload it in the last days of the contest to verify your word count.  Your price for meeting the minimum 50,000 words is nothing of monetary value, but the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment to knock out a first draft of your very own novel.  In addition you get a Winner Badge for your webpage or blog and a certificate for bragging rights.

Is this your first novel?

Actually, I have two projects that I’m already working on.  One is a German memoir about my adventures of being an Army wife (I’m about half way through my first draft).  The other one is a romance novel set in a small town in Georgia.  The idea for this one came when I finished reading the latest book of my favorite author, Lynn Kurland, and no other book could measure up, so I decided to just write my own.

So what am I writing about during NaNo?

I had this idea a few months ago to write a novel which is set in my hometown of Heidelberg, Germany, involving a ghost and an American writer helping him find a jewelry box from his time, so he can be set free.

Why?

I’ve made the decision to put myself through this creative torture to prove to myself that I can actually finish a manuscript.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect first draft, and I don’t expect it to.  Just the thought to actually finish one is pretty cool.  Editing and polishing can come later.

What’s next?

I’ve already have a basic plot & character work that I knocked out in the last 2 days.  Tonight, I’m trying to make a rough outline.  Then in 2 hours, the fun begins… (12:01 a.m.  November 1).  Actually, I’ll be sleeping by then – hopefully, because I have to work tomorrow morning….   My netbook is charged and ready to go for some lunchtime typing.  I’m so excited!!!

Obviously, there won’t be many blog-posts in November due to NaNo, but I will keep you posted on my progress and stats.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Novel Writing

 

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