I’m Back!

Yes, I have been out for a while and no I didn’t give up on NaNoWriMo. With school finals, Holidays and NaNoWriMo closing out the month some things simply had to give. I can say with great pride that I completed my first NaNoWriMo novel! Yay me!

So what’s next after NaNoWriMo? For right now finishing my finals and resting for a few days. I am still working on a new novel that came to life during NaNoWriMo and I am very excited about that.

That leaves me with questions for all my fellow NaNo-ers out there. What are the next steps you take after November ends?

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Day 21 NaNoWriMo:

Daily Word Count:  2,054                                                    Total Word Count: 38,683

     I am finally coming to the point in my novel where everything is converging together. My characters are beginning to understand how big their parts are in the battles that they are forced into. I love seeing how the words just keep coming and the scenes are developing on their own.

     The momentum of the story has also slowed down and I find myself going back to chapters that have been low on word count and building them back up. Has anyone else done this and find it helps to move the story along even more?

      After going back and writing in about 1,500 words I was able to finish up chapter 18 and a brief outline of chapter 19. Only 8 more chapters and a little under 14,000 words to go! I am determined to accomplish all my goals this month an with just a 1,400 word a day goal I can so do this! Not to bad for my first year!

Happy writing everyone!

Days 17 – 20 NaNoWriMo: Strugging

Today’s Word Count 4,422      Total Word Count: 36,629

Well I found myself struggling with barriers this week. Trying to write three essays, shoot photo’s for a portfolio and study for an exam had wiped out my writing time for the past few days.

Today I finally had a chance to sit down and build my word count and it put me over the required word count, however, my nice large word count lead is gone. All I can say is thank goodness for Thanksgiving vacation. I will have this novel done in no time. 

Tonight I am sharing a poem I wrote for my creative writing class so enjoy! 

Oh and Happy writing!!!

 

Escaping You

 Yesterday,I fell twenty feet through a hole in the ocean floor. It was very dark at first. Then the darnedest thing happened. A little rabbit swam by and handed me a flower with a light bulb blooming. I walked down a path leading away from that hole and away from you. A caterpillar screamed at me to get out of the way. He was carrying a black cat on his back. They were in a rush to somewhere. Further down the path a small red lady pushed me down. She walked over me and was followed by a thousand yellow chicks. Each one bounced over me without a thought. Dusting myself off, I continued on, looking over my shoulder in anticipation. Then I walked smack into a large man. He was drinking something out of a shoe. He turned to me and exclaimed I was late and pushed me forward. Chaos pursued. He pushed me into the red lady who slapped my arrogance away. And she set me onto the back of the caterpillar. But now he was a butterfly. I rode his back all the way up to the ocean floor. He shrugged me off. I landed quite harshly on the sandy ground. Then I felt a sharp pain in my cheek and was pulled up to the air above. Hauled out and tossed aside I turned back to see the little rabbit. He winked at me and tossed the line back into the sea. It seems that it’s not that easy to be rid of you. 

 

Day 16 NaNoWriMo: Almost To The Top!

Today’s Word Count:   880              Total Word Count: 32,207

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My son climbing stairs!            Don’t ask! lol

As many of you know I have been struggling with finding balance between school, family and writing.  Today was a success! spending time with the kiddos in the morning I sat down to my computer with intentions to write.  I open up my internet and was confronted with my school’s homepage. I had thought it a good idea to make it be the first thing I see when logging into my computer. Best idea EVER!

Feeling guilty I made a decision that I could not write until I finished all the homework due by Monday morning. Incredibly enough I finished it all within an hour and a half. Normally I will surf the internet when I get bored or go to writing so this strategy helped me stay on track. So yes maybe my word count didn’t met the daily goal but I can afford some slow days. I am 5,500 words over goal anyways.

Hope everyone else in NaNoWriMo land is achieving their own goals!

Happy writing.

Day 15 NaNoWriMo: Trudging Along

Daily Word Count:   3,323                          Total Word Count: 32,207

    Like the little engine that could I am trudging uphill towards the climax of my novel.  There have been a little hiccups along the way and I have stopped a few times to question myself about where the story is going.

     I have read several other posts about the sinking, saging wasteland middle of a novel.  Many suggest to just trudge on through it and worry about cleaning it up later. Fighting my urge to fulfil the need for organization and a solid structure I have struggled through this area immensely.

     In search for an option, and yes a diversion from the middle doldrums, I came across a post by Glen C. Strathy.                                                                                                                                                              First, he contradicts many posts that I have read and states:

         “The middle is just as important as the crisis.” 

While I know that this is just my first draft but to me the middle part is what leads to the climax and if you get it wrong during the process it just doesn’t feel right. Then, as if speaking directly to me, I read this from Strathy:

“As Aristotle pointed out, every good story is a series of events linked by cause and effect. That means each event should both result from what came before and cause the next event to take place. Events that are not part of such a chain only weaken the story.”

    And I have know this all along but we all know how easy it can be to get so overwhelmed in your writing that you can lose sight of the obvious. So I will continue “trudging on” and when I find something doesn’t fit I will stop and just ask myself:

How does what’s happening now move or cause future events?

     I hope this helps anyone struggling along with me.  As always, if you have anything to add please feel free to share! The more the merrier!

Happy writing!

Day 12 &13 NaNoWriMo: Neglected

Words Written: 805                 Total Word Count: 26,112

Coming into NaNoWriMo for the first time I believed I understood what it meant to commit to this momentous task.  Spend a few hours each day and creating a routine of writing. Simple enough. I set out to create my goal word count by day and week and even raised my goal to 52,000 instead of the 50K.

 Spending time each day writing has been the easy part on top of reaching my word count. Where I have found it to be difficult is walking away from my story. Thirteen days into this month I have found that I am neglecting a lot of things.

First, my school work has pretty much suffered since this month began. As my stories tend to be all consuming I find myself writing into the early hours of the morning. It has been years since I stayed awake long enough to see the sun come up.  So being an English major this makes life a little harder right now. Endless list of reading and pages of essays have sat neglected on my desk, constant reminders of what I should be doing.

Second, my children want to see the light of day. While making the reading of my story a family event (they are really into it) it just doesn’t make up for the outside world. So taking some time to spend with my kids, my homework and sleep are my goals for this week.

Trying to find the balance is going to be interesting. Happy writing!

How about all my NaNoWriMo-ers out there? How do you find your balance between life and writing?

 

Day 11 NaNoWriMo: Excitement

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So the wee hours of this morning were a very exciting one for me. I have  finally finished outlining my novel. When the month started I was only half way through and couldn’t decide if my heros were going save the world and live “happily ever after” or if this was going to be the beginning of their quest. 

Now I can say I have decided and committed them to the journey ahead of them. I am in the middle, the gray area, where so many things can go right or terribly wrong for them. Loved ones will be lost and my heroes are reaching their darkest moment. All has gone terribly wrong and they are searching for the power within.

After finishing my outline I had a four hour writing spree. I wrote through three chapters and over 4,000 words. I wanted to keep going but my eyes were screaming that it was time to sleep. I am set to finish off writing some more tonight with the goal of getting that 4k to over 5k!

I actually dreamt about my novel last night! (Okay well during my power nap this afternoon) That’s pretty exciting, it means that I am really into my book. Waking up this afternoon I planned to do actually catch up on some homework … but … when you’re on a roll you’re on a roll.

So let this be an inspiration to all of you struggling with NaNoWriMo…. Every word of encouragement out there saying that you can get through it …. well… they are absolutely correct!

So sit down and just do it! Happy writing!

Day 10 NaNoWriMo: Day of Relaxation

Today’s Words: 2,792                                              Total Word Count: 22,846

So this morning I decided that I was going to give my mind a rest from the self doubt and wildness of my own mind. So I spent some time with my kids watching a few movies, cooked and got my grocery list together.

Then something unexpected happened. I found my mind wandering back to my original story.  I began to think of all the possibilities and places that my story could go and what obstacles my characters could face. So sitting down to jot some of these ideas down I walked away (after a 3 hour writing spree) with almost 2,800 words.

I received a lot of great tips from my last post and I wanted to thank everyone. Its true, if you are suffering from novel abandonment just write on through it. You never know what’s going to come out on the page!

Well goodnight for now & happy writing!

Day 9 NaNoWriMo: Progress!!

Today’s Words: 3,996                                              Total Word Count: 20,054

So I am at the point in my novel that I am questioning my plot, my characters and the entire story. Ugg… So I have jumped back and forth between two novels and found that I have 15k word completed in on novel and 5k in the second. Then while taking a break today I began an outline for a 3rd idea. Seems that my crazy mind is determined to run away today.

Today was a marathon day where we could spend the day just sitting an writing. How well did I last? About three hours and just under 4k written. That seems to be my limit and I am ok with that.

Tomorrow my plan of attack is to get at least an hour in and hopefully get over the issues I have with my novel. In some post from the wonderful little elves over at NaNoWriMo, there is apparently this little thing called abandonment issues during the writing of a novel so I will….. “just keep swimming”

For the rest of you writers out there, happy writing!

Day 7 NaNoWriMo: NaNo Burnout???

+Today’s Word Count: 1,678                                       Total Word Count: 12,509

Yay! It’s day seven… oh wait… that means I still have 23 more days to write 1,667 every… single … day.  Apparently, many people begin to fall off at this point in NaNoWriMo. How am I doing?

Well, since churning out 1,400 words during the early morning hours today I have since sat staring at my screen for the past three hours. I managed to get out another 278 hours, but I am feeling the pressure now.

So I am throwing in the towel for the evening.  Retiring my keyboard and mouse and going to veg in front of the TV.  Something I haven’t done in a good while. Perhaps that will be what I need.

For those of you who are on a writing spree, happy writing!

For those of you who are sitting where I am, go out and take a break. Begin again tomorrow.