Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't anticipate being on line much over the next couple of days, so I wanted to take this moment to wish you and yours a holiday packed with love and joy and, of course, yummilishis (my word!) food! Counting my blessings...and you are among them!

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Reality of it All

The fourth day of NaNoWriMo and here's what I'm learning.

*I won't come close to 50k in one month.
*I'm most productive when I can start writing in the morning and continue throughout the day. All day.
*I'm least productive on the days I have to work the day gig. I can write a little before, but not after. My focus and creativity is close to shot.
*I cannot fully fly into the mist. I need to research aspects to root me in the reality of my tale.
*I freewrite/freethink better on FB then I do on my blog. (But that's another story.)
*The good news is, via research I had a break through today. Behold the visual proof.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

So it begins...

November 1. Launch day of NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month). And so it begins.

I had the advantage of a full writing day so I took full advantage, dedicating a good portion of my time to writing for speed, not perfection. I did better than I thought I would, although I had to work hard and not nit pick and embellish what I knew could be better.

Mostly I succeeded. Mostly. I can always go back and embellish later, right? Right. The purpose of NanoWriMo, as I understand it, is to ignore your inner editor, to fly into the mist with the goal of writing an entire novel in one month. Or at least the bare bones first draft of a novel. In the words of the most awesome Nora Roberts: You can fix anything but a blank page.

I get the concept. And, after day one of NanoWriMo, I also get why it's easier to attempt this challenge with a clean slate. A completely new story instead of a work in progress. Rebel that I apparently am, I bucked advice and went with a WIP. Here's what I learned.

Due to advance assessment, I tweaked the first six chapters of this WIP before NANO launch day. (I had eight chapters written) Those tweaks prompted ditching chapter seven and writing a whole new chapter (that coincided with today). That chapter, previously only partially written, was easily discarded and the new chap flowed out of me with shocking speed. Chapter Eight however was, for the most part, good to go. It just needed revising in order to be in line with other changes. Revising a previously written chapter was far harder than writing a spanking NEW chapter. And much, much more time consuming.

Hence why I now understand why being a NanoWriMo Rebel may not be as glamorous as it sounds. Regardless...

I'm thrilled with my output today. Not perfect, but progress. Writing time for the rest of this week is hindered by the day gig, BUT from here on out I'll be writing from scratch. Curious as to how that will go.