Yeah! NaNo meeting at the shop today! I wrote my opening dream sequence. It only made it to 850 some words but at least it was progress. According to the NaNo site. at this rate I’ll finish on Dec 12. At least I made some progress and finished a chapter.
Now to go watch the rest of the election coverage.
Ugh… still too sick to be able to concentrate and write, but I took a day bath and started reading Diary by Chuck Palahniuk to get me in the writing mood. I came up with some good inspiration for my opening sequence though it will mean some rewrites.
Later, Corey and I looked up Chuck’s wikipedia page to see what his next book would be and he’s doing a redux of Invisible Monsters… AS A CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE NOVEL!!! Bah! At least mine will be finished first. So HA!
Definitely going to get some writing done tomorrow at writer’s meeting… if I feel up to it.
ugh… getting a slow start this morning. I’m still sick and am trying to work through a cold-pill cocktail of fogginess. Also my story is boring… It’s time to shake it up some. Sponge Bob has already made an appearance. Oy!
It was slow and cold at the shop today so I was able to get some writing done between patrons. I’m starting to catch Jonah’s cold so the haze of Day-Quil slowed me down a bit. Still I was able to press through on a couple of chapters. I had hoped to get some more writing done when I got home, but was feeling too lousy.
I took a bath before bed and had a couple good revelations about the end of my novel though. And I may have saved my main character’s life… but we’ll see. More words tomorrow.
I spent most of my morning tightening up my outline and 800 words later I got started with the actual writing. I felt really prepared until I had to put the first words on the page. Just start typing. Get words on the page and let them start piling up. It doesn’t have to be good it just has to go down.
I got 400 by the time the shop closed and then met with Andrea and Katie for a NaNo kick off after hours. We had a beer and wrote for over an hour. By the time we wrapped up I was over 2,600 (granted some of that was my outline, but that still puts me at 1700 something)
Tomorrow is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Some local friends are making attempts again this year and I’ve decided to give it a go. If you are unfamiliar, the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can prepare as much as you want beforehand, but cannot start writing your work of fiction until the 1st.
I’ve done similar challenges before: 24-hour comics and a Character a Day series last November but I haven’t done any serious writing since high-school (at least none that was only meant to be a story… and not plot outlines or comics or D&D adventures). I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve and some ideas on how to brute force it if I get stuck.
I see this as a good exercise in writing improv. Don’t let the scene die. Don’t lose momentum. Always say “yes.” I’ve broken my word count up into 25 2,000 word chapters which gives me a few “gimme” days if I get too busy or something comes up (thanks for the tip Andrea!). I’ve also built my outline around one of my favorite literary forms the Choose Your Own Adventure book. Instead of a choice at the end of every page, There will be a choice at the end of every chapter. I hope that this will give me enough variety of themes to work on so I don’t get bogged down in a singular story line.
I’ve also already rounded up some randomizers to help keep things fresh. Apples to Apples Junior has some good random nouns and adjectives that I’ve injected into each of my chapters to give me something to work from in case of writer’s block.
We’ll be having regular group updates at the shop throughout the month to keep us all on track. Here’s to 50,000 words!