Sorry. Yeah, just sorry. So I’ve been MIA for a while. Again, sorry. I don’t have a good reason other than I apparently have just lost motivation at the worst possible time (and have gotten simultaneously more busy).
Anyway, so about NaNoWriMo. Guess what? I’m behind. Still. I pulled a 5,500 word day on Sunday to help in my attempts to catch up. Yeah, I was that far behind that 5,500 words only put a dent in it. Okay, so it really isn’t too terrible any more, but I’m still just under 3,000 words behind. It would be cool if I could catch up by next week, but if I continue with my 2,000 words a day, I will catch up eventually.
Also, my bad. So that whole Twitter thing I was super excited about? Not as exciting when A) you are having a hard time just keeping up with the normal version of NaNoWriMo and B) you realize you aren’t as knowledgeable about what you are writing and don’t want to be embarrassed by publishing it to the entire world.
I figure maybe if I come up with a story that is more crazy and has the opportunities for various interpretations, then I might try it again. But for now, you can say goodbye to that aspect of NaNoWriMo for me.
I know, I know. I shouldn’t really have started it in the first place, but I was excited about a challenge until I remembered fully how challenging NaNoWriMo was in the first place.
But for now, I will stick with the good old getting words on a page part.
Word count: 27,065
Stress level: much better now that I cut out half the stress…
Optimism: Yay over half way done?
So, it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Work + NaNoWriMo = WAY harder than I expected. But anyway, I’ve definitely found my groove and day 1/2 was a bit of a struggle because I haven’t really written this amount per day in a while. But I’m feeling much better about the challenge I set up for myself.
As for this whole Tweet while I write thing, I am sooo behind on it because I am focused on getting my word count back to where it should be. Because I should mention, on day 4, I was already behind.
But, right now I am planning to be all caught up on Sunday, even if that means writing 2 days worth that day (but that’s sort of plan B).
And once I get caught up, I plan on trying to go back to tweeting regularly all my lovely novel.
Moral of the story, if you are behind like I am – please do not worry or get down. I know I can catch up, and there is so much time left, and you can definitely catch up too.
Word count: 7,894
Stress level: why was this easier in college?
Optimism: I CAN DO IT! (so can you!)
So yesterday it came to my attention that I am absolutely crazy. Number one, it is a lot more difficult to write 1,667 words in one sitting than I remember it being. Two, why did I think I needed an additional challenged by tweeting it out?
Well, I don’t like quitting. So I’m going to tough it out for November. It will be interesting to see if I have enough plot in my head for 50,000 words without having to go back and add in scenes (because, you can’t really add in tweets. See where this new problem comes in?)
Anyway, if you want to read my novel as it happens (or maybe a day-ish later…) you can follow my NaNo Twitter account.
Word count: 1,696
Stress level: < forgetting you have a test the next day.
On this Halloween day, I thought I would treat you guys to a short story I wrote a while back that is a bit Halloween themed. I’m not saying it is perfect, and in all honesty, I haven’t looked at it in a year. So, if you care to read on, here it is!
Greenville’s Haunted Warehouse
I was shocked that it had been Ann, my best friend’s lame girlfriend, who suggested we go to the county’s top rated haunted house.
Greenville’s Haunted Warehouse was a giant empty building split into fifteen different themed rooms. The rooms formed a giant maze, creating the possibility for you to get lost among the scares until you found your way out. It was rumored that once you went in, no one helped you get out. What was even cooler was that they only let one group in at a time, allowing an experience pure of screams giving away future scares. If you wanted to make sure you got in, you were supposed to make a reservation.
Ann told us at lunch that week that she had made reservations for us. It was weird because she was never part of our group that went on our weekend adventures to haunted houses; she could hardly handle watching Zombieland, and that movie wasn’t even scary. Yet because it was ‘her idea’ she thought she deserved to come with. I told Bruce that she was his girlfriend and therefore his responsibility. No one was going to mess up my hunt for fear. Continue reading
The first time I did NaNoWriMo, I was hesitant to tell people. I was actually always hesitant to tell people I wanted to be an author in general. I was afraid how they would react, tell me that’s stupid or just sort of laugh like it’s one of those “I want to be an astronaut!” dreams that kids have.
So if you are like I was and are afraid to do NaNoWriMo, read this lovely quote and just DO IT!
“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of
writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
As writers, we can’t know everything about everything. And usually that means there are some scenarios and just general things that we aren’t familiar with that we need to write about. So, obviously the solution is research. But is it?
NaNoWriMo is obviously about writing, and getting to that 50,000 word mark. Well, there are things about NaNo that have nothing to do with it, but it is a large part of it. So, as NaNo is only 4 days away (yikes!) I am going to share with you guys my strategy to keeping myself honest with my word count.