In my NaNoWriMo writing. My younger son turned six years old on Monday and that means we were celebrating all week! SO, I’m now at a place where I will need to write 2.700 words per day to make my 50,000-word goal on November 30.
For whatever crazy reason, after the break of not writing for about a week, I feel like is a real possibility. I’ve always said it’s bad news if I get behind. But, this time I feel like it’s different.
Just need to get busy.
If you were wondering, I’m still at the NaNoWriMo challenge. On Saturday I reached 15,000 words in my “novel in stories”.
This is hard! (Hmmm…have I said that before?)
It’s also great. I’ve been reminded how fun it is to watch stories evolve and take surprising shape. Go in directions I hadn’t anticipated.
That reminds me of a time when I heard Kazuo Ishiguro speak. From his British perspective, he admitted that he thought it was just a little crazy when American writers talked like the story was in charge.
“Who is writing it anyway?” he wondered out loud.
Whether it’s me writing the story or my novel writing it, this thing is still being written… little by little.
I’m at 7,333 words. And I’m wondering what on earth I was thinking when I took this challenge on again. It’s hard to write all these words.
Especially hard when the self critic wakes up strong and ready to fill my head:
- What is this story about anyway?
- Have you heard of plot?
- Do you think you’re a writer?
- Why did you choose this “novel in stories” format? You’ve never done that before, you know.
- You’re only at 7,333 words and you’re tired?
- You have more than 42,000 words left. That’s a lot, you know.
But, I trudge on. This morning I told myself: This is the life of a writer — being in your head, battling that critic and getting words (somehow) on the page.
As I stared at the screen, cursor blinking, waiting for me to write SOMETHING at 6:33 am, I realized I was too close to one character. So, I changed her name, her situation, her family.
When I took a step back and switched those details, I was able to write 300 words. Whew.
Roughly 42,000 to go.
Due to a power outage for 7 hours yesterday, I’m now behind by 2,000+ words. (I could have written by hand but it was an otherwise busy day — including hosting a baby shower at our house…in the dark.)
I know from past experience, I can’t let this word gap go on for too long or I won’t catch up. So, the next few days are all about catching up. Maybe even getting ahead?
Today’s goal: have a total of
4,000 5,000 words on the page.
NaNoWriMo has begun.
Today I woke up late. I have a sick kid at home. But, I managed to get in 1,704 words. (I’d never have done that if I wasn’t participating in NaNo.)
I’m aiming for 2,000 per day so that I am not stressed about word count when Thanksgiving arrives.
In my prep for Halloween, I didn’t manage to write the last two “what I love about NaNo” posts that I’d planned to write here at Motherlogue. So I’m going to capture two things I love about NaNo, ideas came to me as I sat typing on my NaNo novel this morning:
- NaNo offers me the chance to recall writing advice, lessons and tips I’ve learned through the years. Today as I was cruising along, I was wrapping up the first chapter. I was tempted to stop there. But, I knew I needed to start the next chapter — it will make it much easier (as I read from some famous author) to jump back in if I leave the writing at an “unfinished place”. Remembering this made me feel confident: there are things I’ve learned and can recall about writing that will help me make this huge goal.
- NaNo provides an opportunity to get focused. As I announced on my Facebook page last night — I’m taking a month-long hiatus from Facebook. (Gasp!) To be honest, this morning I did one 5-minute check to see if anyone had commented on the post about my hiatus. People left great encouragement, I read their kind words and now I’m off for good. Really. (And yes, I do have a problem). This month hiatus will be a good opportunity for me to focus and get a little less dependent on social media.
Thanks for being here. Write on.
What’s another thing I love about NaNoWriMo? Community.
The sense of community it creates. From the kick-off parties to the group write-ins to the online “buddies”, there is no feeling that you’re in this crazy adventure on your own.
It’s pretty cool that the whole concept of NaNoWriMo was created by one group of friends who sat in community one day and said, “What if we tried to write a novel in a month?”
And now that community has grown to more than 200, 000 people.
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On Friday, I will once again take the NaNoWriMo challenge. I’m excited.
I successfully finished NaNoWriMo in 2010. I didn’t take the challenge in 2011. Last year I took the challenge and stopped two days in because I realized there wasn’t any way I could teach my NaNoWriMo class for 3-6 graders AND write 50,000 words.
This morning on my morning walk, a new idea for the novel I’m planning to write came to mind. That’s one thing I love about NaNoWriMo: it opens my mind and lets the creative juices start to mix, mingle and flow.
In honor of NaNoWriMo starting on Friday (gulp), I’ll be posting one thing I love about NaNoWriMo each day. I invite you to share what you love about it, too!